Without Father starts as Yamashita Masako, a Japanese woman who married a Korean man and lives in Chungju, goes back to her hometown Goto to see her father, just like Yoko did in the novel So Far From the Bamboo Grove. Masako’s journey is revealed through a letter from the narrator ‘q’. And another narrator ‘b’, presumably the director’s avatar, describes various landscapes in Japan or sometimes replies to the letters of ‘q’. The film presents a mixture of the voices of ‘b’ and ‘q’, who accompany Masako during her journey or trace Yoko’s trace, and that of the director, who plans Masako’s journey and observes and cautiously follows her. Those voices unhesitatingly pass away in fast rhythm, as if they do not want to be heard in detail. The film provides kind and considerate images, as if sensing is better than hearing. The film starts from the text of So Far From the Bamboo Grove, but it is not only a reply to that novel, but also seemingly a reply by ‘q’ or ‘b’ written in 2012 to the letter from Sandor Krasna in Sunless, made by Chris Marker 30 years ago. But the letter of ‘b’ or ‘q’ is something more like a whole new letter rather than a reply. If Krasna receives this letter, she would understand that this movie seems like talking about Japan, but actually it talks about fathers. Yoko never stops defending her father even if he is likely to have led the human medical experiments by Unit 731, while Masako almost lost contact with her father and takes her reunion with him as one of the routines. These two women’s thoughts lie on the opposite side of the spectrum. And here other extremes are summoned: the absence of the two former presidents, the deaths that would be remembered as the most significant ones in Korean history. This film provides a combination of the dual structure between delight and disillusionment from the absence of one’s father, and the life without a father.
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