Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community | Chicago Reader

Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community

This 2002 documentary tackles a fascinating topic: the mid-90s emergence of punk rock in Seoul. The scene isn't by any means cohesive or easy to pin down?the subjects argue over a definition of punk and disagree about what their activities really mean?but over the course of the 39-minute video a sense of developing community does come through. Directors Timothy Tangherlini and Stephen Epstein make some odd aesthetic choices, though: an extended segment on the all-female band Supermarket lets the drummer yammer on about how much she enjoys doing laundry, and for a full minute we watch her clean a pair of socks. Sooyoung Park, the Korean-American musician who fronted the Chicago indie-rock band Seam, narrates. 72 min.

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