Archive of films Matter of Interpretation / Kkum-bo-da Hae-mong

South Korea
2014, 99 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2015

While walking in the park one day, a young frustrated actress meets a detective who knows how to interpret dreams. The plot quickly shifts to a plane where dream logic prevails and the line between illusion and reality is not entirely clear. An easy-going picture with touches of comedy that played the festivals in Busan and Rotterdam.


A frustrated young actress is feeling depressed because nobody has come to the play in which she is acting. On top of that, she has broken up with her boyfriend. When she goes to have a cigarette in a park, she meets a detective with a strange gift – he knows how to interpret dreams. She tells him a dream she had in which she is sitting in a strange car with the owner locked in the trunk. The detective realizes that her dream sounds just like a case he is working on. The plot quickly shifts to a plane where dream logic prevails, the line between illusion and reality is not entirely clear, and the protagonists’ lives are strangely intertwined. Will the young woman be successful in her work and in love? And what role do her dreams play in all this? The second film by director Lee Kwang-kuk uses light absurdity and comic elements, combined with a minimalist style. The plot and characters are defined primarily by the dialogue, which recalls the cinematic style of Lee’s mentor, cult director Hong Sang-soo. A Matter of Interpretation has been shown at festivals in Busan and Rotterdam.

Rudolf Schimera

About the director

Lee Kwang-kuk

Lee Kwang-kuk (b. 1975, Seoul, South Korea) studied directing in Seoul and started out as an assistant to director Hong Sang-soo, working on Hong’s Tale of Cinema (Geuk jang jeon, 2005), Woman on the Beach (Haebyeonui yeoin, 2006), Like You Know It All (Jal aljido mothamyeonseo, 2009) and Hahaha (2010). He debuted in 2011 with Romance Joe (Romaenseu Jo), which was shown at festivals in Busan and Rotterdam. A Matter of Interpretation (2014) is his second film.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Lee Kwang-kuk
Screenplay: Lee Kwang-kuk
Dir. of Photography: Gang Dae-hee
Music: Jeong Yong-jin
Editor: Son Yeon-ji
Art Director: Cho Sang-kyung
Producer: James Do
Production: A Byeokdol Films
Cast: Shin Dong-mi, Kim Kang-hyun, Yu Jun-sang
Sales: M-Line Distribution

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