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While remotely attending the 26th Busan International Film Festival last month, I saw a documentary titled “Fanatic.” It attempts to come to grips with the attachment some Korean people have to their idols, whether pop stars or actors.

Much has been written about the cultural and economic aspects of pop fandom. What makes “Fanatic” both different and immediately intriguing is that the director, Oh Seyeon, identifies as a diehard fan herself, with the movie functioning as a means for her to investigate a state of mind that she admits can seem strange and intimidating to outsiders.

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