From Seoul to Jakarta, a film produced by Ilchi Lee Films from South Korea and Damien Dematra Production from Indonesia, was awarded three awards from two film festivals in the United States. The Accolade Global Film Competition gave two Awards of Merit, one for Lead Actress to Natasha Dematra and the other for Cinematography to Damien Dematra. The San Fransisco Film Awards also awarded the film with an an Award of Merit in the Feature Film category.
According to Rick Pricket, Director of the Accolade Global Film Competition, From Seoul to Jakarta won because of the superb acting performance by actress Natasha Dematra and the magnificent cinematography. The Accolade Competition is a prestigious festival and among the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee chosen by Movie Maker Magazine. Many of its previous winners later got an Oscar or Emmy. Laurel Kapros from the San Fransisco Film Awards stated that From Seoul to Jakarta was chosen for its high technical expertise.
Ilchi Lee's first feature film and third film overall, From Seoul to Jakarta is a testimonial of the power of trust and faith in yourself, and especially, in your brain. It portrays the winners of a K-pop competition in Jakarta, Indonesia who go to Seoul for the competition finals. Afraid of the top group, they poison the lead singer, making him lose his voice. That begins the lead singer, Haneul's, journey to discover what he's really worth and capable of. He's helped along the way by visions of Grandfather Dahngun, an enlightened Korean king who ruled more than 4,000 years ago.
To portray the K-pop competition, a lot of pop music was included in the film. From Seoul to Jakarta is expected to attract a teenage audience, among others, with its young, yet complex characters and exciting musical numbers.
CHANGE: The LifeParticle Effect, Ilchi Lee's first film, also won an Award of Merit from the Accolade Global Film Competition in 2013. Prior to that, it had received an Award of Excellence in the International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion, and Visionary and later was shown at the BolderLife Festival in Colorado. That film was followed by its sequel, CHANGE: The Brain and Divinity.