First Korean-Croatian film to premiere in Zagreb

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The first Croatian-Korean film, and the first Croatian film to feature an Asian actor as the protagonist, will premiere in Zagreb in May.

Crisis will have its premiere in Zagreb during the 31st edition of Dani Hrvatskog Filma (Croatian Film Days).

Crisis will be on the official program of the festival which will take place from May 10 to 14, 2022 at Kino Tuškanac.

Crisis follows the day in the life of 20-year-old Ji-Hu, who works for his father’s Korean restaurant in Zagreb as a delivery boy during the current global pandemic.

Throughout his delivery through Zagreb, he not only has to deal with constant pressure from his father and a strange variety of customers, but also tries to adapt in a world where he still hasn’t yet found its place.

Starring are Seck Zeen Hong, as the film’s protagonist, and You Kwang Kim, as Ji-Hu’s father. Both made their film debuts in lead roles. The story comes from a desire to show an authentic portrayal of a foreign immigrant’s life in Croatia, especially residents from Asia.

The first Korean-Croatian film


Crisis is the graduation film of Benjamin Noah Maričak, a third-year undergraduate student in production at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb – who is the producer and creator of the film.

The chief creative team consists of director Boris Vuković, cinematographer Marko Milohnić and screenwriter Karla Leko.

The inspiration for telling an “immigrant story” came from the creator’s own experiences living as an immigrant in America. The film also shines a light on the struggles of small private businesses around the world struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic.

The film was financially supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC).

The first Korean-Croatian film


Croatian Film Days is a national festival founded in 1991 dedicated to showcasing annual Croatian production of short and medium-length films, documentaries, experimental, animation and commercial films. The festival is competitive in nature, with awards given by the festival jury, members of the Croatian Film Critics Association and the public. The organizer is the Croatian Film Association.

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