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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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I Am a Truck

I Am a Truck

director: Kim Ki-young
original title: I Am a Truck
country: South Korea
year: 1953
running time: 18 min.


The clip, one of twenty news clips that Kim made for the American Information Service shortly after the end of the Korean War, tells the story of a car. The vehicle speaks in a continuous monologue to the audience as it follows the process of its demise and rebirth. The components move from the junkyard to the car factory, where they are transformed into the metal interior of a new vehicle. We are not just following the story of the car, but that of the entire country as it recovers from the war and builds a new economy, led by businesses like Hyundai, a symbol of prosperity and national pride.

“How will humanity make enough for three meals a day out of post-war poverty?”Kim Ki-young


Kim Ki-young (1919-1998) is considered one of the most important figures in Korean cinema. His almost forty-year career includes both feature films and documentaries. He made the first Korean film with synchronous sound The Box of Death (1955). His film The Housemaid (1960) is considered the best Korean film of all time.

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director: Kim Ki-young
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas