|Human brain exchange? An eye-catching topic


The 2017 movie <Get Out>, a 99% Fresh movie according to the famous Tomatometer, was released in Korea after becoming viral on social media. The thriller was celebrated for its message of racial discrimination through the means of a sensational theme of ‘human brain exchange’. But did you know that there was a Korean piece with the same theme 75 years ago? It was part of the first issue of <Shin Mun Yae>, a Korean literary magazine in 1945. The piece has been re-made into a play <Brain Surgery> with brilliant direction, drawing the attention of the audience. Let’s dive into the similarities of <Get Out> and <Brain Surgery>! 

|One: A breathtaking theme


The play <Brain surgery> begins its story by switching the brains of a fool born in a rich family Sangdo and smart, but penniless Moogil. The key point of the movie <Get Out> is also a white family trying to put the father’s brain into the protagonist, Chris. The similar topic makes the audience to think about the essence of the human body and spirit. If the brain surgery in the play success, is the person with Sangdo’s body and Moogil’s brain still Sangdo? Or is he Moogil?

|Two: Social issue hidden in the story


<Brain Surgery> was written right after the Korean Independence, and uses various symbols to draw an analogy between the Japanese policy ‘Japan-Korea as the same body’ with the brain exchange surgery. A news reporter in the play says “the medical technology now can operate human bodies but not their minds” gives us a peek on Japan’s desire to have control over the Korean people’s minds and to surgically change our spirit to make the people true Japanese.
This is how the movie <Get Out> goes. A black men Chris and white women Rose are an engaged couple, and visits Rose’s home town. Chris is told that Rose’s parents are ‘cool with race’ but all of the family servants are black. Adding on, the servants make a very creepy, suspicious atmosphere by making obvious fake smiles whenever they encounter Chris. Rose’s parents complimenting Chris’ physical appearance, although not blatant, generate a repulsive feeling for the audience.
Both <Brain Surgery> and <Get Out> blended a big social problem – cleaning the Japanese remnants and racism – into the story and gets us thinking when we leave the theater. 

|Three: It’s an all-round experience


The play <Brain Surgery> ‘smells’ of the hospital disinfectant the moment you enter the theater. With the familiar scent, the audience feels like a patient and the curtains are lifted. This small trick makes the entire audience to focus better, deeper.
Jordan Peele, the director of <Get Out> intended the scene where Chris is hypnotized before the surgery to look like as if the whole screen is sinking into itself using a distinctive camera walk. Also, Rose’s mother swirling and clinking her coffee cup with a teaspoon creates a spine-chilling sound and hypnotizes the audience, too.
<Brain Surgery> added scent for better immersion, and <Get Out> made us feel like we are also under the control of the mother through the camera walks and sound effects. Both pieces provided an all-round experience to enjoy.

|An exciting experience is waiting for you at CJ Azit Daehakro


Did you enjoy our introduction to <Brain Surgery> and <Get out>, both delivering meaningful messages through a genius topic of exchanging the brain? There is a significant difference between the seemingly similar pieces; that one is a play. You can still watch movies on streaming services after the screening is finished, but you can’t with plays. Also, you can watch the actor’s passionate artwork real-time when you go watch a drama. There’s good news for those who were intrigued in the <Brain Surgery>.


CJ Culture Foundation recently selected <Brain Surgery> as part of their theater provision program, so it’s up and running in CJ Azit Daehakro! Go reserve your seat now in the link below and don’t miss the opportunity to watch the original piece. It’s only going to be performed until August 18th.

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