South Korea202129min12 +DCPColor/B&W
“A cheerful, bright, life of the party—a cool guy.” One of the teenage characters introduces himself and continues with a bashful smile. “I live on delivery.” The characters talk in turn about the fun and dangerous moments of riding a motorcycle, while the director remembers a friend who passed away in an accident long ago. CITI-100, directed by HWANG Seon-young, is a film made with teenagers who work as motorcycle delivery men. In their memories, there are dangerous acts and obvious illegalities. We might have even seen them on the road at least once and frowned. But instead of judging their lives so easily, the film asks why we, the adults, haven’t listened to them and endangered them even more with our apathy. In the end, we are the ones who feel ashamed in front of the bright smiles of teenagers.
One fall day when I was 18, I heard the news of my friend Kihyeon had died. He got into a car accident while doing a part-time delivery job at a chicken restaurant, but he was suddenly erased from the world without receiving any compensation as a minor or a worker. While reminiscing about the time I spent with Kihyeon, “I” comes across the news of another Kihyeon accident in 2009. I wander around that time, meeting my friend who disappeared like a ghost, the motorcycle culture, and the “Kihyeon's” still floating on the road today.
Born in 1992. Graduated from the Department of Broadcasting, School of Film, TV& Multimedia at Korea National University of Ats in 2020. CITI-100 has won First Short Prize at Seoul Independent Film Festival.
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