Filmmaker OH Minwook attended a film festival in Tainan and met Hsiao, a Taiwanese film professional. That special encounter has led Hsiao to become the producer and narrator of OH’s film that links Taiwan, China, Japan, and South Korea. The film is a letter from Hsiao to her mother, and it begins its long journey to the past—to the war that took place in East Asia 60 years ago. Hsiao is actually a dramatic narrator who stands in for OH, and her role is to softly translate OH’s cloudy prospects for East Asia into concern and longing for her mother. In the rather meditational Letters to Buriram, the roaring of guns, flames, tombstones, funeral rites, and spirits follow every step of the way from Kinmen to Xiamen to Kyoto to Busan. From OH’s perspective, East Asia is currently engaging in a war without firearms. The memories of war in East Asia hovers sorrowfully between the Taiwan Strait and the Korea Strait. OH, who has addressed the issues of space and memories through his previous films Ash: Re and A Roar of the Prairie, has expanded and intensified the territory of his local cinema based in Busan to Asia. Letter to Buriram is a strange ventriloquial funeral rite full of inspirations. (KANG Sowon)
In 2012, he began his career with his first short documentary Phase. He has been awarded the Jury Prize at the Seoul Independent Film Festival for A Roar of the Prairie (2015), which participated in screenwriting, directing, shooting and editing. He directed Ash:Re (2013), A Landscape between Past and Future (2015).