Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (제천국제음악영화제, JIMFF) strives to be both a celebration of film set in Jecheon City and music for all generations and musical tastes. Jecheon is located in Chungcheongbuk province in central South Korea.
The Jecheon International Music Film Festival has established itself as the only music film festival in Korea where you can enjoy the emotions of movies and music, starting with the first in 2005. The 17th JIMFF was held for 6 days from August 12th to 17th, 2021. In this edition 116 films from 25 countries were screened. Due to COVID-19 pandemic surge it was organised offline as well as online.
Documentary movie “On The Road” participated in the section of Korea’s competition – Korean Music Film’s Landscape of 17th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival.
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JJ: Hello, everyone. Nice to meet you. Sincerely, thank you for coming this far. Are there any Jecheon citizens? Sincerely, thank you for coming this far.
Q: Actor Kim Jaejoong, you’ve talked about everything you’ve done so far. You’ve revealed important things. How do you feel after watching it?
JJ: First, did you enjoy watching it?
JJ: Yes, in a way, we all have memories of each of us that we forgot while living our own time. In my case, the answers or questions I gave were with restraint and calculation. Director Lee Joehan prepared the answers without telling me beforehand. I was also really embarrassed. He asked a lot of questions like that. After receiving such questions, «Ah, there was that kind of people.» I got reminded like that. I think my honest feelings were well captured in the video. Actually, I still haven’t seen it in the theater. Yes, I haven’t watched it yet.
Right, why didn’t I see it? I actually thought l’d watch a movie with you guys today in the theater. But when I watched a movie with you guys, I thought you wouldn’t be able to concentrate. So I restrained myself and endured it, but I’ll also make sure to watch the finished movie.
— You said you haven’t watched it yet, the fans were shocked.
Q: You said you like Director Lee Jaehan’s “A Moment To Remember” It’s different to do a documentary with a director you like, right? Can you tell how you got started?
JJ: Actually, the “On The Road’ you saw is like my hidden camera. Since the beginning, there were no set questions or set answers. So there was only a context that I wanted to achieve through an interview with the director, or people I want to meet, or I want to trace my past once more. There were a lot of questions that I didn’t think about getting asked during the trip. The parts that you saw were less than 20% of the questions from the director. Actually, I got a lot of questions. And because I’m a human being, I got so many emotions from those questions that I stopped filming in the middle. I did, and I even stopped the car on the way. There were a lot of behind-the-scenes stories like that. You’ve probably seen the edited scenes. But actually, there were a lot of times that were so hard that I wanted to get out of his questions right away. So, actually, till now it’s not I don’t watch it, but I have reason to not watch it. If I look at myself again for a little over an hour (with this movie), I think I will be reminded of the situation or bad memories I don’t want to recall. I still have that scared feeling. Because you liked it while seeing the memories of you or your loved ones in the past and other aspects of me. I will definitely watch it in the future.
Q: The questions from the reporters are still coming. So I’ll ask the questions from viewers first.
Do you got inspired more when you experienced a hard time? Do you write songs well during that time? And is there a song you write recently?
JJ: Well… I think it’s helpful to create something based on our experiences or what we’ve seen and felt with our own eyes, rather than relying on imagination to create something. Creativity is created based on actual experiences. In fact, I think that the creator’s feelings can be shared comfortably with each other through the creation. So, I almost always create through experience. For those who have ever listened to my music or self-composed songs and thought «Huh? Maybe it’s his experience?» You might be… No, of course, it’s imagination. Of course, I also get inspiration from movies or dramas I’ve watched or the stories of someone from my 3rd party, 4th or 5th persone. But mostly I try to create songs based on my own experiences.
Q: You seem perplexed. Yes, I’ll read the next question.
Is there a place or space you haven’t visited in the movie and would like to visit in 10 years for the “On The Road 2?
JJ: A place or space? What place or space do you want to reveal? Of course, I would like it to be a movie theater. At that time, I hope more people can enjoy the show together, getting out of the influence of COVID, so we can be freer.
If I make «On the Road 2» in 10 years, at that time… I think that I am still lacking a lot at my age now and I am still a very small person. At that time, I would like to become a bigger person and become an adult who can put more things in a bigger bowl. So l think it would be good if I could share a little bit more of the more content that I couldn’t even bring up on this «On The Road».
Q: The sender of the message said she got inspired a lot because of the movie. Recently, is there a piece of art or an episode that has been particularly inspired you that you can share?
JJ: I’m sure you all agree with me a lot, but these days, it’s a difficult situation. So, the places I can go and the people I can meet are very limited because of the situation. It’s very simple but I’m thankful for small things. I think you’ve probably felt it in this movie, but I feel more grateful for the people I’ve been able to see and meet all this time. I think I’m feeling that more these days because of the situations too. On the other hand, I think I’m a little lazy. In the past, I wanted to achieve something, and I wanted to get something in return. If you say that you had a material need or something like that. Now, on the contrary, I’m breathing in this world, because I’m breathing, I can share something with you all. I live my life feeling very grateful for that little thing. I don’t know how it will change, will a safer and happier era comes back than now. But I think that the emotions I’m feeling now will inspire new inspiration and create better creations.
Q: We are curious what did you feel when you decide to film this movie. 18 years isn’t short, but it can feel short too. It must be not an easy decision. How did you decide to shoot this movie?
JJ: I actually… didn’t even know that the result would be shown in movie theaters, actually. As I said before, I didn’t expect to get so many questions. I thought the shoot would end so lightly that I would go to the place where I was born and say thank you to the person I was thankful for, but it wasn’t as light as I thought it would be. I think it was the Director’s directing ability to have a subject like me, and I think the director made a good result with a very static and very artistic, with a human named Kim Joejoong.
Q: Earlier you said only 20% is shown in the movie. Are there any edited parts that you would like to introduce? It seems the question fans like the most.
JJ: This is actually the content that makes me laugh and you can listen to it while laughing… I don’t think there are that many edited ones. There is a point I have told you about through other media and reporters for a long time. But I am more honest than I thought. For example, many of you may be well aware of such histories of the past. But you and I are adults too, the real adult world is really cold and there are some adults who can’t be released as easily as they want. I was actually more worried about whether I was allowed to make these remarks, whether my remarks were damaging to a group people, or hurting a person’s feelings.
On the contrary, even if there is a right answer, in our society today, if the majority of people say the wrong is right, there are a lot of tendencies that are actually drawn to the wrong one. Even if I tell you a very personal story that I think, someone may hate it, and I don’t think It’s good to escalate the conflict by saying “You’re right” or “No, you’re wrong” to all of you who took such a difficult step. However, it is my past, it was a part of my life, and… it is the past that I should never forget, so no matter what anyone says, it is my memory that I must keep and keep in my heart until I die.
It may be related to the question earlier, but by the time Season 2 is made, I hope that time it won’t be hard for me to talk about it, «Ah, it was like that at that time.» I want to be able to communicate with you more comfortably. Everyone knows.
«What kind of things have been edited?» Actually, It’s very difficult for me to tell you myself. On the other hand, some of you have been with me for 18 years, know me for a long time, and some of you have recently gotten to know me. But maybe in 10 years or so, if there are people who have been with me for a long time, it is probably not because of my courage alone, but because of the strength that you are with me until then. I think we can talk about it comfortably.
Q: You shot in different places. How many shots are there in total?
JJ: How much was it? Before the production started, interviews and composition meetings were a little longer than expected. I think it was very tight after we started filming in earnest. I think they were considerate because there were more stories that consumed more emotions than the amount of footage that was calculated, the director also. «I’m going to make a good work, so it’s not my fault that you exhaust your emotions.» He’s definitely not like this, so I think he’s very worried about me consuming my emotions.
— Yes, I think I have presented as many questions as I can. Because of the time, we should end soon.
This place is specially prepared for actor Kim Jaejoong. Please say farewell to the fans.
JJ: Today… Sincerely, thank you very much for taking the difficult step today. There are so many people who came. The situation is very bad, I took the risk and sincerely thank you. Take care of your health, it’s time for vaccination, everyone, right? I hope you get it well and safely. I am preparing for activities in the future I will inform you of good news soon, so I hope that you will send warm support like now. I will greet you on Naver NOW “Neighborhood Young Man” on Monday. Sincerely, thank you for coming today.
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