In this episode, we continue our exploration into post World War II film by reviewing the 1961 film Stray Bullet (aka Obaltan and Aimless Bullet), directed by Yu Hyun-Mok and one of the few pre ’90s films currently available in the West. Plenty of detail about the position of this fascinating film in both Korean national and cinematic history as well as discussion of the film itself is all included in this episode, so if you have any interest in Korean film history, this episode is a must-listen.
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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).