‘Yellow Door: ’90s Lo-Fi Film Club’ Review: Film Education | ET REALITY


Every filmmaker, including the great ones, starts somewhere, even if that means making a low-cost stop-motion short film called “Looking for Paradise,” which is about a stuffed gorilla seeking freedom while battling a caterpillar that emerged from their fecal matter. That’s how young student Bong Joon Ho made his debut, a saga detailed in “Yellow Door: ’90s Lo-Fi Film Club,” a charming documentary about a cohort of South Korean film buffs formed in 1992.

Before becoming one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary auteurs (through films like (“Parasite,” “Okja” and “Snowpiercer”), Bong found an education as part of this small, makeshift film academy made up of students graduates and other film lovers. The documentary, directed by Lee Hyuk-rae (who was part of the group), brings together the club members to remember those early days, when they would congregate in a yellow-painted office to watch and study prints art pirates on VHS -home movies.

Their interests were representative of what was then a larger, budding wave of South Korean film culture that would produce major talents, including Bong and filmmaker Park Chan-wook, although most of the other members of this particular group continued with races outside their borders. of film.

The documentary offers a couple of interesting insights into Bong’s own origins: there’s a surprisingly deep core of emotional acuity in his amateur debut, along with an early example of the basement motif that appears in many of his later films. But the documentary is mainly a sweet nostalgia trip about a specific group of obsessive young people. It’s also an ode to youth itself: for most of the group, clinging to film was simply a way to find a community and themselves.

Yellow Door: 90s Lo-Fi Movie Club
Not qualified. In Korean, with subtitles. Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes. Watch it on Netflix.

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