ACF Asian Cinema Fund

Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund

2015 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

LIST SUN (aka. Karma)
Category BIFF Mecenat Fund
Project SUN (aka. Karma)
Director WON Ho-yeon
Country Korea
Director's Profile WON Ho-yeon works in a production company, and has more than 10 years of experience in making documentaries for Korean broadcasting stations, such as KBS, SBS, and EBS.
When he was directing Screening Humanity for KBS, based on the five-episode segment, he completed the production of the film Captain Kang after five years. He has drawn attention to international festivals at home and abroad as his work was invited to the Busan International Film Festival in 2012 and was screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Competition) in 2013.
In Yonghwa Temple in Damyang, Jeollanam-do, lives a 12-year-old monk “Sundu”. He came to the temple last April at the age of 11 to become a monk. He abandoned his name Oh Takyeon from his past secular society and is given a Buddhist name, “Sundu”.
Takyeon used to live in Incheon, dreaming of becoming an architect. However, his school life was hell. Some boys were bullying him for no reason and he had to threaten them to protect himself. The harsher the bullying got, the more aggressive his words became. After a few years, Takyeon closed up and shut himself up from the world.
“Sundu” gives up his name Oh Takyeon and his dream of being an architect. Instead, he decided to become a monk. Then, one day, “Sundu” becomes friends with another boy monk “Sundong” with a tanned face who joins Yonghwa Temple. “Sundu” loves having a buddy. He starts a new story of his own that has been kept secret.
Director's Note
Oh Takyeon, a cheerful boy full of laughter, now has to live as “Sundu”, a monk in a temple. He made a tiny slip of the tongue at school, which led to his friends and teacher turning their backs on him. This tormented him too much, so in the end, he dropped out of school. After having felt lost for so long, Takyeon decided to become a monk. I want to show that the fate of the boy, who has to take responsibility for the words weighing on his shoulders. I want to capture the end result of indifference towards and exclusion of others.
2016 Busan International Film Festvial - Wide Angle_Documentary Competition
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