On the eve of our podcast’s first anniversary, a ripe time for reflection, we review Hirokazu Koreeda’s After Life (1999), a film that ruminates on memory and reflection. We also talk about Kelvin Kyung-Kun Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron (2010) which played at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival and also which we were given an exclusive look at. Also included in this episode are details about our first anniversary contest and additional details on how you (YES, YOU!) can still get a chance to win and other talk about the moooovaaaays.
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About The Author
Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He is an avid movie fan who specializes in Japanese cinema, but enjoys everything from artsy high-brow to mega-billion blockbusters to straight-to-video turds. As an Asian-American, he got the best of all cinematic worlds as a child by receiving mega-doses of Ozu, Bruce Lee, Kamen Rider, and American drive-in movies in addition to a steady diet of punk rock, Japanese literature, and Buddhism. He spent six years in Japan as an English teacher and translator. In 2004, he returned to the United States to complete his Masters in Language Education and continue his career as a language educator and cultural anthropologist with a focus on language policy and language shift. Jon is a former Myrle Clark Award recipient for excellence in creative writing and has contributed to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011).