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Korean Cinema Now (And Then)

Presented by the Archive in association with KOFIC

Friday, January 18, 2008
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

While many US moviegoers may have first encountered Korean cinema when last year's international hit, THE HOST, splashed across North American screens, longtime Archive patrons know that director Bong Joon-ho's riotous familial monster fest is only the latest high water mark of a surging Korean film industry. Since the 1980s, the Archive has championed—and often premiered—the work of such internationally acclaimed filmmakers as Im Kwon-taek, Park Kwang-su, Lee Chang-dong, and Hong Sang-soo, whose compelling seventh film Woman on the Beach will screen in this series. These directors, in turn, are building on a long tradition of work by Korean masters that began in the 1950s with the Golden Age of Korean cinema. Many of these older filmmakers, such as Shin Sang-ok and Lee Man-hee, have only recently come to the attention of Western critics and audiences. Their work, however, provides significant context for the current crop of Korean directors wrestling with questions of Korean national identity and societal change across an array of genres and cinematic forms. This series brings together a selection of rare Korean classics, many newly restored, and recent gems to present a tantalizing snapshot of Korean cinema past and present.

Films in this series, except for The City of Violence and Woman on the Beach, are provided courtesy of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). All films are presented in Korean with English subtitles.

Special thanks to: Moon Sun-young, Choi Jai-young, Lee Haejin, Kang Il—KOFIC USA; Denise Hwang—KOFIC; Tammy Chung—Korean Cultural Center; Tom Vick—Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Screening Schedule

Friday, January 18
7:30 PM

A Flower in Hell

Sunday, January 20
7 PM

The City of Violence

Barking Dogs Never Bite
플란다스의 개

Wednesday, January 23
7:30 PM

The Marines Who Never Returned
돌아오지 않는 해병

Wildflowers on the Battlefield
들국화는 피었는데

Saturday, January 26
7:30 PM

Woman on the Beach
해변의 여인

Driving With My Wife's Lover
아내의 애인을 만나다

Sunday, February 3
7 PM

If You Were Me 2
다섯개의 시선

Our School
우리 학교

Saturday, February 9
7:30 PM

The Forbidden Quest


Cost : $10/ticket

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