A film by Hark Joon Lee
Produced by Suk Kee LEE (Style Chosun) and Min-Chul KIM (Minch & Films)
A Style Chosun and Minch&Films Joint Production 2012
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A year-long chronicle that follows a journey of an all girl Korean pop group “9 Muses” in a world of jealousy, betrayal, and scandal.
"9 Muses of Star Empire", a year-long chronicle that follows a journey of an all girl pop group "9 Muses", portrays the every-day life of nine girls, relentlessly pursuing their dreams in a world of jealousy, betrayal, and scandal. "9 Muses" is an emerging girl group, aspiring to perform on a national stage and gain world-wide fame just like millions of others. For that, the girls have decided to set everything aside and live as one of the Muses for "Star Empire"; the entertainment company which created and coordinated every move. What's the price they must pay for their dreams?
"9 Muses of star Empire", an year-long chronicle that follows a journey of an all girl pop group called the "Nine Muses", portrays the every-day life of nine young girls, relentlessly pursuing their dreams, happiness, and satisfaction in a world of jealousy, betrayal, and scandal. The "Nine Muses", just like millions of other pop groups, is a new, emerging South Korean girl group, aspiring to perform on a national stage and gain world-wide fame. For that, the girls from their early age have decided to set aside their own agenda, interest, and identity, and instead live as one of the Muses, the character which the entertainment company created and coordinated every move. The girls, who have already worked hard and waited long to be chosen as one of the "Muses," still recognize there is an unrelenting fight that may never end. Meanwhile, they fall prey to a manage who treats the girls like his possessions, and fall vulnerable to competitors and other trainees who want to see the fail at all costs. The girls end up traveling across country, performing in front of small crowds at dark clubs, very different from the cameras on national stages they had been dreamed. They sleep in a crowded van during the night, and tirelessely performing their routines throughout the day. Amidst all the dramas, the tears, and the fatigue, the manager and one of the members develop a forbidden relationship and results in the member’s removal from the group.
From time to time, the girls think of running away and giving up, but eventually they find it inevitable to come back to where they began and continue to walk the same ardious road. They can't resist and easily forgo their dreams of being pop-singers.
Length: 52min / 82min
Year of production: Nov. 2012
Format: 16:9 HD, Color, Stereo
Country of production: South Korea
Filmmaker Hark-Joon Lee is less known than a journalist with the same name who made the heartbreaking docu-reportage series about North Korean defectors “Korea: Out of the North” that have been aired throughout the globe including BBC and PBS. Having survived a number of life risking experiences, Lee received several national and international awards for journalistic achievement including Amnesty International’s best in human rights journalism and Emmy award nomination. While taking a break from North Korea, Lee realized what he always wanted to do was documentary and took Nine Muses and Star Empire as the subjects of his directorial debut.
[WORLD PREMIERE at IDFA 2012 Melkweg Music Documentary Competition]
Every year thousands of South-Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro
League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. It’s a title many young South Koreans dream of. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national past-time.
Like most specator sports, this world of eSports rapidly evolved in a multimillion dollar business.
written and directed by STEVEN DHOEDT
produced by GERT VAN BERCKELAER / STEVEN DHOEDT
edited by GERT VAN BERCKELAER
cinematography by STEVEN DHOEDT
original music by REGINA TO LOK YAN
additional music by IDIOTAPE
a VISUALANTICS production
a co-production with MINCH & FILMS (South-Korea), RTBF & TV CHOSUN
co-producer MIN-CHUL KIM
production manager DAVID KIM TAE HOON
FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND
KOREAN COMMUNICATION COMMISSION
SEOUL FILM COMMISSION