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The House of Loss

A haunting portrayal of the Korean War generation lost in the shadows of time and modernity.


Jeon Jinkyu’s ‘The House of Loss’ is a masterfully crafted short that delivers a poignant, heart-wrenching narrative through the lens of 2D animation. Centering on the elderly in Korea, trapped in the confines of a care home as dementia erodes their memories and the world outside modernizes beyond recognition, the film presents a haunting depiction of the Korean war generation left behind.

The voice-over narration by Kim Sang Yoon, portraying a social care worker, adds a profound layer of empathy and reflection. His observations on the elderly’s struggles and their disconnection from the contemporary world provide a bridge between generations, making their plight relatable and deeply moving.

Jinkyu’s use of grey-blue melancholic tones and dystopian imagery is nothing short of exceptional. The visual design immerses the viewer in a somber atmosphere that perfectly complements the film’s themes of loss and nostalgia. Every frame is meticulously crafted to evoke a sense of lingering sorrow and fading memories, creating a visually compelling experience.

The sound design is flawless, perfectly blending with the animation to draw viewers into the hauntingly beautiful world Jinkyu has created. It underscores the film’s emotional depth, allowing the audience to fully grip themselves in the narrative.

‘The House of Loss’ is a sobering and unsettling watch, yet it is an essential one. It is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices and history of those who came before us, a generation slowly fading into obscurity. This film is as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking, a credit to Jinkyu’s talent and a powerful piece of storytelling that deserves an array of accolades. Unmissable.

The House of Loss Short Animation Film


Runtime: 10 min
Country: ,

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