Korean Movie Night
September 11, 2012 – October 31, 2012
Presented by the Korean Cultural Service NY
(54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street)
All seating is first-come, first served.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
Gems of Korean Cinema
Autumn is upon us, and Korean Cultural Service NY is ready to usher you into the Fall with a trio of trailblazing independent Korean gems, guaranteed to change your outlook on life! Over the course of 2012’s Korean Movie Nights, you’ve been treated to big budget romances, action spectacles, and blockbuster comedies – but much like everywhere else on Earth, a country’s true cinematic gems come from its pioneering independent filmmakers, working outside the studio walls. As September marches in, kick back and enjoy three of Korea’s most innovative and groundbreaking indies – brought to you for free, as always, by The Korean Cultural Service NY!
SEPTEMBER 11 – ROMANCE JOE (2011, 115 min)
In his spirited first feature, director LEE Kwang-kuk weaves several wild narratives into a sophisticated web of storytelling. A young barmaid in a remote lodge, in lieu of payment, recalls the time she met a suicidal man who called himself Romance Joe. In another thread, a filmmaker agonizingly searches for a story that will bring his new project to life. The tangled narratives confuse, mesmerize, and shift expectations to unseen limits – all the while, constructing a shrewd cinematic chronicle that’s both whimsical and brilliant.
SEPTEMBER 25 – HOME SWEET HOME (2011, 95 min)
North American Premiere
Tae-su is a promising young businessman with an amazing, supportive family, but all that changes when he loses everything overnight after underwriting a friend’s debt. Unable to bear the thought of selling their posh loft, his wife proposes divorcing on paper. Tae-su agrees and attempts to steer clear of creditors by hiding out at a low-cost lodging facility for the poor. There, a precocious teenage girl named Se-ra takes an interest in him, but it’s not before long her father intervenes – taking this “home is where the heart is” tale in a very different, surprising direction.
OCTOBER 9 – CHOKED (2011, 110 min)
New York Premiere
It’s been a year since Hee-su vanished, along with every penny of her family’s money. As all of those close to her are torn apart and forced to face the bleak, harshness of life, they bond over their desire to get back on their feet – and get back what is theirs. A dark, intense look at is corruption of humanity, Choked examines the darker side of Korea in a way that only brave independent cinema can.
Special Halloween Screening!
OCTOBER 31 – MEMENTO MORI (1999, 97 min)
As a special extra, join us for a special Halloween screening of a brilliant, scary Korean shocker! Young Min-Ah discovers that two of her fellow high school students are holding onto a strange diary, capable of causing hallucinations. The two girls have an unusually strong bond, but when one of them suddenly and unexplainably kills herself, the entire school is shocked. Min-Ah, however, starts to feel different… as though she’s somehow possessed by the dead girl.