John A. Riley has worked variously as a writer, bureaucrat, university lecturer, factotum, English language teacher, and video technician. Originally from Britain, he is currently based in South Korea. He writes about film for a wide variety of publications, is on the editorial team of desistfilm.com, and is currently working on a book about Tarkovsky.
“Jung Eun-chae is a graceful, beautiful Haewon, but her daydreams seem facile, and the backpack she wears for most of the movie — which seems to be empty — tempers this statuesque gracefulness, rendering Haewon an awkward sightseer or a precocious child on a first-time school trip.”
“It is the tunnel vision, the burrowing into specific obsessions, of In Passing’s individual filmmakers, combined with the broad scope of the collaborative form, that constitute the film’s unique allure.”