The Story of Gyeongnidan-Street
Historically, Gyeongnidan-Street in I-taewon 2-dong was an important passageway from the capital city to the south since the early fifteenth century in South Korea.
The meaning of I-taewon is the first station employee where produces a lot of pears. Also, another origin of the town name comes from the sad history of Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. During the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, Japanese soldiers raped female monks in the Temple of female Buddhist in I-taewon. Then the female monks Bore and reared the babies. So people called I-taewon a place of many races or a place where people of other races live.
Later, this area was occupied by Japanese military for colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. After liberation, the US army used this area from 1945 to 2017 which is the main reason
that this area has not been undeveloped so far. Today, however, this area has become a famous place because of its history as a hub of foreign cultures, its affordable standard of living, and media exposure. So, premium and monthly rent have increased to the highest level. Also, this residential area is transforming into entertainment districts day by day. Only adult entertainment establishment and major big companies occupy this area without any city development plans. There are many legal battles because of lack of systems. Gentrification has started due to real estate investments, immature developments, and lack of systems.
Still lack of systems can't prevent all of problems. Also, the same phenomenon spreads to adjacent towns continually. Over 180 people say that excessive desires of humans have destroyed this town and that the same phenomenon has spread all over the nation.
180 peopleKey Cast
Runtime:1 hour 4 minutes 24 seconds
Completion Date:May 1, 2019
Production Budget:70,000 USD
Country of Origin:Korea, Republic of
Country of Filming:Korea, Republic of
Shooting Format:4K Digital Camera
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, L.A M.F.A.
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania B.A.,
Film and Media Arts, 2003
Sam Corporation(Co), Seoul Korea, 2007- Present, Director
Made over 30 promotions etc
Piladelphia Weekly News, Philadelphia, Journalist,2002-2004
Jang-An University, Affiliated Professor, 2012- 2015
Chung-Gang College, Affiliated Professor, 2010
Konkuk University, Lecturer, 2011
KwanGwoon University, Lecturer, 2010
Kyonggi University, Lecturer, 2010
Hanse University, Lecturer, 2010 etc.
Graduate Assistant Animation 1&3, San Francisco State University, Cinema Department, 2005- 2006
Korean language Teacher - Sung-San, Korean School, Philadelphia, 1997-2002 Taught Korean language and Korean culture
Dream In A City, 20min 50sec, Super 16mm, Color, Sound, 2009, Director
‘A poor Korean family is broken by low paid work, an ill grandfather and an impoverished neighborhood.’
Lighting Z-solt Films Festival (S.F) –Audience Award.
6th America Gem script Festival- First Quarter Finalists
Imagining, 7 min 30 sec, 16mm, Color, Sound, 2004, Writer, Director and Editor. ‘Sometimes, imagination sparks a new life.’ A woman who becomes physically handicap overcomes her pain.
Obesity, M.B.C Broad casting, 20min, Color, Sound, Dv, 2003, A.D and Cinematographer Special documentary about obesity -- American part. Compared obesity in Korea, Japan and America. Broadcast June 6, 2003, M.B.C (Second largest broadcasting company in Korea)
Passing Rain 18min, Color, Sound, Dv, 2002, Writer, Director, Producer and Editor.
Narrative. Portraits of Korean women who move with their families from their homeland to America, a society of women’s right very different from Korea. The Picnic. 7m30sec, 16mm, B&W, Sound, 2001 A single father and his daughter are different from ordinary families; however, they go their own way.
Korean-Chinese Foods, 6m30, Video, Color, Sound, 2001 Documentary. Food is one aspect of the melting cultures from China to Korea.
Soldier of Fortune, Writer and Director, 1991
Awarded Zi-Won army directing award.
Permanent Register Card, 2006
Feature-length screenplay. A new Korean immigrant family’s culture shock in America. Writer’s block, 2004 Short screenplay.
How a young writer overcomes her writer’s block.
God’s loves, 2003 Feature-length screenplay Explores different concepts of God’s love and the nature of belief
The Love, 2002 Short screenplay. Different roles that the church plays in the lives of Korean-Americans church.
Philadelphia Weekly New Paper, Philadelphia, 2003-2004 Reporter. To work as a journalist and photographer.
Served Army, Korean DMZ, 1993-1995
‘Urban Study’ Associate of Calvary Church, Philadelphia, 1998-2003 To help low-income people.
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE Assistant Director-A Green Mountain in the Drawer- Super 16mm, 2008
- Grand Prize San Diego Asian Film Festival
Production Assistant, A Girl Like Me, directed by Hwa Jun Lee, 16mm, 2004 Sound Crew, Allie, directed by Takashi Sakurai, 16mm, 2004 Sound Crew, Muzak, directed by M.R. Dhar, 16mm, 2004 Sound designer, Memorial Day, directed by Jun hak Lee, 16mm, 2001