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LOOKING FOR BRUCE LEE

South Korea, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Regional Focus)

Director: Kang Lone

Looking For Bruce Lee is a post-millennium, spiky Korean Hard Day's Night, revolving around real-life band Crying Nut (Korea's most successful punk act) and their often futile attempts to understand the world around them. Crying Nut perform at Drug, an underground club in the lively university district in Seoul. A series of bodies are found dead in the same district, including a girl who had been to one of their concerts. Strangely, a symbol representing Bruce Lee is left behind at each crime scene. There seems to be a connection between the killings and the Crying Nut concerts - and Kyung-Rock, their bassist, sets off on an inept investigation into the murders.

Stumbling from one strange episode to another, Kyung-Rock's ensuing discoveries paint an extraordinary picture of a dislocated, hyper-modern society. "It seems impossible to link all the elements into one story," he notes, his investigation mirroring the experience of living in such a society.

Produced by Indiestory, Korea's leading independent distributor and production company, who also produced Teenage Hooker Becomes Killing Machine in Daehakroh (in MIFF this year). Looking For Bruce Lee is a highly stylised, satirical depiction of a generation: they can't make sense of modern Seoul and just wanna rock'n'roll punk style.

As director, screenwriter and editor, Looking for Bruce Lee marks the filmmaking debut of Kang Lone.

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