Short Vacation

A group of 13-year-olds, analogue cameras and an assignment: to photograph the end of the world. In search of the perfect shot, the teenage girls decide to take an unsupervised trip to the outskirts of the Korean capital. How will this spontaneous journey go? 

Four members of a photography club receive a summer assignment. While they are initially sceptical about the “end-of-the-world” theme, they get their creative juices flowing when one of them suggests going to the terminus of a Seoul underground line. When they do not find what they were looking for, they decide to go further, and further, and further… Dancing in the rain, discussing issues they are passionate about and posing on a country road are so engaging that the goal of the trip becomes less and less important. This must be what true freedom tastes like… Will they see themselves the same way after this day? Apart from the photos, what will they take away from this trip? 

Did you know that…

• … the dialogue in Short Vacation was unscripted? The actors ad-libbed their lines on the spot, which is what makes this film so authentic.


Original title Jong chak yeok

Country South Korea

Year 2020

Director Kwon Min-pyo / Seo Han-sol

Run Time 79 min

Genre Live action

Voice-over / English subtitles

Recommended for ages 11 and up