„Obaltan“ (The Aimless Bullet ; The Stray Bullet) – dieser tiefschwarze, neorealistische Klassiker des koreanischen Films erschien in dem Jahr, als das Militär um Park Chung-hee sich an die Macht putschte. Er wurde sofort verboten.
„Released in 1961, Aimless Bullet examines the social situation for the everyman in South Korea following the Korean War, when mass unemployment and overcrowding were just two of the obvious signs of a country in turmoil. With Aimless Bullet director Yoo Hyun-mok, previously largely acknowledged for his technically superior melodramas, turned his hand to a more serious and intellectual project and in doing so established a style of filmmaking that he would continue to explore for the majority of the rest of his directing career. Adapting a controversial 1955 novella by Yi Beomseon (so controversial that the author lost his teaching job on its publication), Yoo’s version of the material captures an intensity and frustrated energy that feels as if it may have been shot during a quick and intense period, but was in fact shot over the course of a year – whenever Yoo could get his hands on expensive surplus film stock. When the film was originally released – during a period of liberalization following the 1960 April Revolution – it was praised for its realistic depiction of modern Korea, but following a military coup in 1961 and the resulting change in government, the film was then banned on the grounds of being overly pessimistic and the copies screening in theatres were removed.“ ( Martin Cleary: New Korean Cinema)
Nur zufällig blieb von diesem Film eine Kopie erhalten, in recht desolatem Zustand. „… die überbelichteten, kontrastarmen, beschnittenen und oft auch noch defekten Bilder bringen lediglich ein Bruchstück von Yoos visueller Kraft herüber“ (Molodezhnaja), leider auch auf den beiden lieferbaren DVDs (koreanische Ausgabe , US-Ausgabe).
„At the time it was common to make only two copies of a films and these were toured around different theatres. As the Korean copies were lost it’s a stroke of luck that a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival had taken a print of ‘Aimless Bullet’ back to the US to screen at the festival in 1963 – this is the sole known copy in existence today, albeit in poor condition and with burnt-in English subtitles. “ (Martin Cleary: New Korean Cinema)
Das Koreanische Filmarchiv hat vor 2 Jahren eine DVD-Box mit vier weiteren Filmen von Yoo Hyun-mok herausgegeben. Enthalten ist auch eine 50minütige Dokumentation über den Regisseur, in deren ersten 20 Minuten „Obaltan“ ausführlich behandelt wird.