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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:52 pm    Post subject: KOREAN FILMS AT THE 43RD NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL Reply with quote

September 23 - October 9, 2005

Directors Park Chanwook, Hong Sang-soo and Im Sang-soo will attend
screenings of their new films!

Park Chanwook, South Korea, 2005.
With this thrilling final installment of his revenge cycle (which began
with "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy"), cult director Park Chanwook
has made his finest movie to date. Geum-ja, or ³Lady Vengeance² (Lee
Yeong-ae), is a pale beauty who was wrongly imprisoned at 19 for the murder
of a small boy. Fourteen years later, she is released and wants to begin
living a good life< which means, naturally, making the real killer pay. With
both "Kill Bill"-style exuberance and enormous emotional force, Park makes
us ask: Is it possible to atone for one sin by committing another?
Fri. Sept. 30, 6:00 pm; Sun. Oct. 2, 8:30 pm

Hong Sang-soo, 90 min. South Korea/France, 2005.
Hong Sang-soo, one of cinema¹s most original talents ("Turning Gate," NYFF
O02, "Woman is the Future of Man," NYFF O04) continues his distinctly
personal filmmaking with this wry story about sex, lies, and one-upmanship.
The less successful of two film-school graduates is hung up on the notion
that the other, more flourishing classmate had stolen elements of his life
to make his first movie. As art and life keep twisting in a Moebius strip,
the South Korean male psyche, is bared.
Sat. Oct. 1, 6:15 pm; Sun. Oct. 2, 3:15 pm

Im Sang-soo, 104 min. South Korea, 2005
Im Sang-soo¹s black comedy turns a raucous eye on recent South Korean
history: the 1979 assassination of dictatorial president Gen. Park
Chung-hee by the head of his secret service (wonderfully played by Baek
Yun-shik). He gives it a wild spin, conjuring a world populated by
self-loathing functionaries, good-time girls (and their difficult mothers),
cynical KCIA agents, and politicians who womanize as if every bang is their
last. The film provoked great controversy at home, but in treating the
assassination as a grandiose farce, Im captures a profound truth often left
out of academic textbooks: History isn¹t neat.
Mon. Oct. 3, 6:00 pm; Tue. Oct. 4, 9:00 pm

Above screenings at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th
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