JFF 2019: YAKINIKU DRAGON 焼肉ドラゴン
January 19 @ 6:10 pm - 9:00 pm
2018 / 128 min / Melodrama / Japanese with English subtitles / PG
Dir. Wishing CHONG 鄭 義信
Yong-Gil Ryukichi runs Yakiniku Dragon, a neighbourhood restaurant in the outskirts of Osaka with Yong-Sun his wife and his three daughters Shizuka, Rika, Mika and youngest son Tokio. We follow his family as his daughters fall into love, bicker out of love, argue, drink, sing and bond with the small Korean community in 70s era Japan.
Based on CHONG’s very successful theatre production, the film explores the challenges of being a zainichi, Koreans trying to integrate into Japanese society.
CHONG is a prolific creator active in both theater and film as a playwright and screenwriter. The grandson of immigrants who came to Japan from the Korean Peninsula, CHONG was born in Japan as a 3rd-generation “Zainichi [Japan-resident] Korean”, and that life experience is reflected prominently in his works. With his success as a playwright, CHONG began to take a step into the film scene, and has since won numerous awards for his screenplays.
With his play Yakiniku Dragon, he received several awards in both Japan and Korea, and the movie Yakiniku Dragon was made in 2018. In 2014, CHONG was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon for his contributions to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.
2018 Jeonju International Film Festival
2018 Toronto Korean Film Festival
2018 Toronto Japanese Film Festival
2018 Japanese Film Festival Australia
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