The glamour and fame of the Korean music industry has ensnared the hopes and dreams of many of today’s youths, some of whom are now lighting up today’s most famous concert stages. But when those dreams don’t come to pass, when they fall short in the face of a stark and cold reality, is all hope lost? Hip-hop hopeful turned documentary film director, Jung Dae-gun, answers with a resounding “no” in his soon to premiere documentary, Too Old Hip-Hop Kid.
Ten years ago, Jung Dae-gun was one among a sea of potential k-rappers with a mean taste for rhymes, but not a lot of luck. After striking out in the Korean hip-hop scene, Jung decided to drop his dreams of hip-hop stardom for an education in film directing. Fast forward a decade, and his documentary details the triumph and hardship often faced by passionate youth engulfed in the gilded promise of celebrity rap culture in South Korea.
Having already created buzz in the independent film circle, Too Old Hip-Hop Kid was screened at the 8th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival earlier this month, as part of the JIMFF‘s live stage lineup. Too Old Hip-Hop Kid was shown next to performances by DJ SHININ”STONE, ADV hip-hop crew leader, JJK (Jung-hyun Ko), Huckleberry P, and the Together Brothers—a collection of hip-hop and rap artists that is perfectly paired with the film. The event culminated with the long-awaited performance by the film’s director, Jung, and a handful of his fellow once hip-hop hopefuls from back in the day.
Too Old Hip-Hop Kid will officially premiere on September 13 of this year, and will show the unique path that Jung Dae-gun has taken to get to his own realization as a film artist, rather than a hip-hop star. But on his way, it looks like he’s had an interesting ride after posing the question:
For more information about Too Old Hip-Hop Kid, see here for more information, as well as official movie trailers.