Korean Film Nights: The Sea of Itami Jun

in partnership with the Korean Culture Centre UK and Birkbeck University
Dir: Jung Da-woon
South Korea / 2019 / 112mins

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Carefully constructed as a map of memories, The Sea of Itami Jun profiles Itami Jun, a Japan-born Korean architect. Feeling foreign to both nations, he expresses his sense of displacement through his architectural work, merging Korean tradition with modernism, while sensitive to the nature around him.

With similar diligence and appreciation, director Jung Da-woon combines award-winning photography, architectural drafts and archival footage as she paints Itami Jun’s emotional landscape. His stoic approach to life and internal warmth radiates from the screen, leaving the audience in a state of awe.

Winner of the audience award at Jeju Film Festival 2019, The Sea of Itami Jun follows the life story of an architect who resembles a remote island between Korea and Japan, harmonizing the climate, culture, emotion and formative beauty of the two neighboring countries.

Screening as part of Korean Film Nights 2021: In Transit, a collaboration between Bertha DocHouse, the Korean Culture Centre UK and Birkbeck University.