Original Title: 밤섬해적단 서울불바다 Bamseom-haejeogdan seoul-bulbada
Directed by: Jung Yoon-suk
Runtime: 120 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: NC16 (Some Mature Content)
GRAND PRIZE (Best Film)
Wildflower Film Awards (Korean Independent Film Awards) 2018
NEW ASIAN CURRENTS
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2017
“Are you sure you wanna film us?” So begins this funny, incendiary documentary on grindcore duo Bamseom Pirates. With satirical lyrics like “All hail Kim Jong-il” and “I like the commie,” the band quickly became the most controversial act in South Korea. Their work evinces a persistent defence of labour and residential rights against neoliberal governments, and a critique of their hypocritical use of violence to suppress dissent. Though used to fighting against censorship, the Pirates encountered a major crisis when their producer re-tweeted messages from a North Korean account, leading to accusations of “compromising National Security.” This film examines the potency of their art through the lens of their ongoing legal battles, interviews with academics and fellow musicians, and footage of their dadaist performances.
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