Post Concussion

With no formal background in filmmaking, Daniel Yoon has made quite an achievement with his first feature film Post Concussion.

It opens with a very natural and funny parody of a 1950’s era instructional film, black and white complete with stuffy scientist reading cue carded narration.

Besides writing, directing, and editing his semi-autobiographical feature, Yoon also stars as Matthew Kang, a resource management consultant for the Thompson firm. At Thompson, the partners are firm believers in the philosophy of free will.

Post Concussion (October 7, 1999)

Release Date: October 7, 1999
Original Title: Post Concussion
First-time filmmaker Daniel Yoon's irreverent, semi-autobiographical film POST CONCUSSION is a brutally funny, unsentimental yet oddly inspiring portrayal of one man's journey after a serious head injury. Matthew Kang, a young management consultant (Yoon) is struck by a car and sustains a serious concussion. Terminated by his employer and dumped by his vaguely leftist bohemian girlfriend, Matthew derives a wicked sense of humor from the weirdness of his own situation, and in the process slowly rediscovers himself and life's deeper meanings.

This belief clashes with one of the younger partners, Gary, a professing Mormon that isn’t as devout as he would like to think he is, though he abstains from usage of the “F” word as his office-mates rib him. The parishioner is content with his comfortable notion of predestination, but uses it as excuse for stagnating in his dead-end job. “Everyone has a job they don’t like.” Kang is quickly learning this truth most of all.

And then it happens.

In a freak accident, Kang is struck by a car, resulting in a mild concussion. With the help of his wise, albeit “Leftist bohemian” friend Joy, he soon comes to realize that everything happens for a reason. His accident becomes an epiphany of sorts.

Quitting his job in a downright Office Space spat of hilarity, Kang sets out to shed his corporate ways. Joy convinces him to submit to “cranial sarrow-therapy” with her guru (read: charlatan) Gabriel. Though the best advice he gets from Monica, his new German neighbor.

Shot in 16mm, Yoon took some bold shots, like stop-animation and innovative scene transitions. The real visceral aspect of Concussion isn’t so much the quirky story as it is the firsthand truth it speaks. Apparently Yoon had a similar car-vs.-human incident and himself was incapacitated for most of the film’s shooting. To bad the “reality TV” wasn’t this genuine.

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