Garnering universal praise at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival as well as Berlinale 2019, Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels
blends theatre, traditional Korean music (gugak
) and film in a heartwarming narrative of loss and redemption from award winning director Kim Tae-yong.
Melding fantasy and reality, Kokdu meanders between cinematic action and impressively staged theatre, creating a uniquely captivating experience. The film deftly explores the meaning and impact of death whilst maintaining an unbridled sense of joy and innocence, resonating with audiences of all ages. Traditional gugak music compliments the transcendental themes, originally performed live at the National Gugak Center in Seoul, generating record ticket sales.
Director Kim Tae-yong’s past films include the groundbreaking Memento Mori(1999) and captivating box office hit Late Autumn (2011).