By Giacomo Lee. Read the dark side to Seoul city in his novel Funereal, out now on Amazon UK & US.
So you finish watching the fantastic new indie film from The IT Crowd 아이티 크라우드 actor & director of Submarine Richard Ayoade, 2014’s The Double 더블, as starring Jesse Eiesenberg and actress Mia Wasikowska in a movie that is somehow Franz Kafka and David Lynch meets Garth Marenghi (fellow Marenghi’s Darkplace fans will catch the reference during what I can only call the slow-motion ‘funeral & shovel’ scene remade.) As the end credits roll, you’ll find yourself listening to an obscure 1970s track from Korean psych-folk chanteuse Kim Jung Mi 김정미, one titled The Sun, or 햇살, as taken from the compilation Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74, released by Seattle label Light in the Attic back in 2011.
Regarding the inclusion of Korean and Japanese music in his movie, Ayoade told David Ehrlich of The Dissolve that
The Japanese and South Korean songs were just to have something that wouldn’t necessarily evoke this era and this time, to have this slightly other world
I still wonder how they came across the Kim Jung Mi track though…
Listen again to The Sun on Soundcloud below, or the above Shin Joong Hyun anthology, or even on the official soundtrack album to The Double, as released by Milan Records earlier this May. Watch the movie too when you can – the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are right for it’s a fantastic little film, so far my 2nd best of 2014 (after The Grand Budapest Hotel, of course).