Inchon, directed by Terence Young, was made from 1979 – 1981 and was released in 1982.
Haunted by propaganda, a desire for heroism and the financial, artistic and ethical compromises that bogged the production from start to finish, the legend of Inchon is one of failure. It was a monumental box-office flop, was criticised heavily on its reception in both South Korea and the US, and is today often remembered as one of the worst movies ever made. Inspired by the perceived heroism of General Douglas MacArthur’s beach landing at Inchon during the Korean War, the film was funded and produced by Reverend Sung Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church of Korea. The script was suspected of harbouring propagandistic messages and stories soon began to emerge of linguistic and cultural misunderstanding on set, fuelled by the idiotic decision to film (as a matter of convenience) the people’s uprising in Gwangju that resulted in the Gwangju Massacre of 1980. Inchon was doomed to failure before it was even released.
In 2009, Adrià Julià made Notes on the Missing Oh, a three-channel video installation which revisited and examined the film. In order to piece together the story and context Julià visited film locations of Inchon throughout Korea, compiled media reviews and news articles, and conducted interviews with some of the film’s original cast and crew.
For this exhibition, Julià has returned to the Notes on the Missing Oh project and has produced a series of new works which continue the remaking, renovating, retooling and re-imagining which make up the reconstitution of Inchon into new forms.