Humidity Alert, dir. Bong Soo-ko, South Korea 2021, 77 min., Korean with English subtitles
July 2020. A hot and humid day in Seoul. We enter an arthouse cinema preparing for the premiere of indie film The Youthful You. Usher Charles – the cinema’s only remaining employee – is having a grueling, sweaty time of it trying to follow the COVID safety procedures, dealing with his unsympathetic boss, the malfunctioning A/C, and a series of demanding industry guests. But at least there is no audience.
Packed with absurd characters and wonderfully silly dialogue, prolific writer-director-cinematographer-editor Bong Soo-ko’s ninth feature since his 2016 debut is a sharp, insightful comedy about a film industry grappling with the new normal.
Featuring an excellent ensemble cast with terrific central performances by Ko’s regular gang of actors, Humidity Alert is absorbing and hilarious in equal measure.
Wed, 06 Oct 2021
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