The First Lap
The inconsequential moments of a couple’s life becomes a source of comedy and meaningful insights.
Su-hyeon, an arts educator at a private institute, and Ji-young, who works in a small network café, have been living together as a couple for six years. Time seems to have worn out the notion of romance in their relationship. In its place, an undeniable familiarity keeps them together. When Ji-young misses her period, the couple take the chance to revisit their respective families together.
Director Kim Dae-hwan has a penchant and skill in crafting simple moments of human interaction that subtly reveal additional dimensions into his characters. With a simple narrative and plain economical cinematography, The First Lap is deceptively unassuming on the surface, but it is this simplistic approach that allows a naturalism that effectively captures the unfolding of the couple’s lives through the simplest of gestures.
Cast & Credits
Kim Dae-hwan studied Film and Digital Media Design at Hongik University, where he made two shorts, Picnic (2010) and Interview (2011). He completed his feature film After the Winter (2014) when he was Dankook University’s Graduate School of Cinematic Content.
Jang Woo-jin, Lee Im-gul
Kim Dae-hwan, Jang Woo-jin
Cho Hyun-chul, Kim Sae-byuk
• In-competition, Locarno International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival 2017