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Composure: A Small Tonic in Everyday Life

As April starts, lots of Kingos will study hard for the upcoming midterm exams and a barrage of assignments. Even though there are a number of tests and things to do, April is still a month when Kingos can pull fun jokes on each other on April Fool’s Day and beautiful cherry blossoms cover the campus. Under the warm sunshine of the wonderful weather, how about finding composure while enjoying the arts? The Sungkyun Times (SKT) now introduces a movie and an exhibition recommended for Kingos to enjoy in April, along with a book and music that can help you to relax.

Movie: Duk-goo

movie.naver.com/Poster of Duk-goo

The movie Duk-goo is going to be released on April 5th. Even from its senario stage, it was anticipated to be the saddest movie ever. Duk-goo is a story of a young grandson named “Duk-goo” living with his grandfather who is also named “Duk-goo”. Duk-goo, the grandson who is being raised by his grandfather, without his mother, always causes trouble, causing his grandfather to have to take care of his mess. To raise his grandchild, Duk-goo, the grandfather, works as hard as he can, but one day he finds out that he will soon pass away. For the grandson to be left behind, the grandfather decides to find his replacement and takes a long journey to prepare a special present.

Lee Soon-jae, who has a 62-year acting career, and Jung Ji-hoon, who is referred to as a prodigy, star in this movie with lots of great supporting actors. Therefore, Duk-goo is highly anticipated thanks to the actors’ acting skills and the viewers are expected to immerse better into the movie. Furthermore, the film adds more fun for the audience through the use of contrast. By giving the seven-year-old grandson and the 70-year-old grandfather the same name of Dukgoo, there are fun scenes such as showing the characters fighting over their same names. Besides these comic factors, the audience can also see the heartfelt affection that the grandfather gives to his young grandson in the moive. The SKT recommends Kingos to go to the theater with someone they love and fall into the loving story of Duk-goo.

Exhibition: Paper Present

daelimmuseum.org/Poster of Paper Present

The exhibition Paper Present introduces the delicate sensibility of artists in various fields such as furniture designers and craftsmen from all around the world, through the use of paper. In Paper Present, the paper is a simple, analogical material that can encourage people to remember their lost memories. The “present” that the exhibition wants to give to its audience is a simple and pure emotion, which is hard to feel in modern society because nowadays people are surrounded by lots of stressful moments that can cause them mixed and complicated emotions. The unique point of Paper Present is that it maximizes simple and pure emotion through seven sensible spatial compositions. Each space is composed of elements of nature such as wind, stars, and light, combined with paper. In particular, at every starting point of each section, the writer “Ohbam”, who writes lyrical phrases on Social Network Services (SNS), adds a rich story and warm sensitivity to the space created with paper. In addition to fine arts, paper can also be seen in various places. A plain old room that anyone can find behind any plain old door is made of paper from ceiling to the floor. Like this, the audience can experience the transition of the idea through paper used in familiar places.

Book: No Matter What You Become

yonhapnews.co.kr/The Book No Matter What You Become

No Matter What You Become is an essay by Kim Dong-young, which was published on December 18th, 2017. It is a book about the author’s journey that changed his life and thoughts completely. He initially went on a journey after growing tired of his boring daily life and tried to become someone new and special. He realized, however, that even though he did not become someone new or special, it was fine to be just himself, and that time was valuable. People, especially Koreans, commonly say that they have a fear of doing nothing, of not seeing any results. The writer, however, is sending a message that it actually is okay to do just “nothing”. The writer was also afraid ofdoing nothing and pressured himself a lot. After his journey, however, he figured out that living with passion and getting results are important but finding pleasure and giving ourselves a chance to relax are just as important as well. Many Kingos might be worried about their grades and careers, surrounded by a lot of problems and things to do every day. But, how about putting your pen down, closing your book for just 30 minutes, and trying to
escape from all of the problems and thoughts in your mind?

abroad.co.kr/Writer Kim Dong-young

Music: J Rabbit - Sagging into Sleep

news.naver.com/The Album Looking Around

The recommended music in April is J Rabbit’s Sagging into Sleep. J Rabbit is a Korean indie band of two women singers that was formed in 2010. Even though its music is not fancy or showy, the band is loved for its warm melodies and empathic lyrics. Sagging into Sleep is a song about a moment, under the warm spring sunshine where a feeling of sleepiness and drowsiness exist, though there are still things to be done. Kingos might also be exhausted on a busy day, but when they look about, there might be a beautiful sky and cool breeze around them. It is important to stick to your schedule and to be busy, but it is also important to enjoy and embrace the wonderful moments and relax.

Sagging into Sleep is also loved for its comforting lyrics. Among the lyrics, “Sunshine is good, time has stopped and people are smiling while enjoying a pleasant afternoon” are the ones that the SKT wants to share with Kingos. It portrays a warm and peaceful afternoon in April. Through these lyrics, the SKT recommends Kingos to enjoy every wonderful day in April and take it easy.

news.naver.com/J Rabbit

이정현  cathie3526@naver.com

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