A powerful film. This Korean animated film from director Yeon Sang-ho is an exploration of human suffering, human nature and faith.
Unlike most films the characters do not simply play the roles they were given; yes, in some way, the characters were initially presented as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘pure’ or ‘evil’, but as the story progressed they all defied such simple definitions. In this way it seems to examine the truth that humans possess the capability for both good and bad; what comes out of us depends on the situations around us and how we deal with them.
Through the progression of events we follow the characters in a village set to be flooded for the construction of a dam and we share their fear, their hope and, in the case of several characters, their demise. The themes of religion, God and the afterlife run throughout, but it is hard to say whether it is seen positively or negatively through the eyes of the film’s creators; maybe faith defies definition just as people do.
The Fake brings everything into question and subtly suggests that what is real and what is ‘fake’ is also indefinable, for everything comes down do what we believe and the rest is irrelevant.