LKFF 2017 Teaser Screening #4:
UK Premiere - Monday 12 June, 6:30pm, Picturehouse Central
After seeing his small-time crook father humiliated by a visiting prosecutor, juvenile delinquent Tae-su (Cho In-sung, A Dirty Carnival) realises where the real power in this world is found. When, after years of study, the long hours and meagre pay offered by his position don’t provide the life he desires, Tae-su puts his morals aside and takes up with the most powerful prosecutors in the country, led by the charismatic Han Kang-sik (Jung Woo-sung, Asura: The City of Madness). Introduced into a world of money, parties and long-sought after power, Tae-su enjoys life at the top but with a career built upon a web of corruption, and with violent gangsters, a wronged wife and shady friends all gunning for him, how long can it last?
With its stylish portrayal of the unchecked hedonism enjoyed by men thrust into positions of power and the lies and corruption that keep them there, The King plays out like a Korean Wolf of Wall Street, albeit with more synchronised dancing, shamans and soju.
For more info and booking details click here.
Korean Film Nights 2017
Korean Film Nights continues...
This year we've divided the programme into three distinct mini-seasons, each comprised of six films focused on a unique theme. What's more, we have invited special guest programmers to offer their selections for each season, along with a different guest speaker each week to offer insight into the film and on its importance in the wider context of Korean cinema.
This second season runs from April until June and will focus on stories of immigration in South Korean cinema, a theme that was chosen for its relevance in the world today.
Join us as we explore the stories of a North Korean defector, migrant workers hailing from a variety of countries including Burma, Vietnam and Bangladesh as well as second-generation Korean emigrants returning to the country their parents left behind.
All screenings take place at the Korean Cultural Centre UK and are free to attend (booking required)
Click here to see the full lineup.
On Foreign Ground: Visions of Migration
The Journals of Musan stars (and is written/directed by) Park Jung-bum as Seung-chul, a North Korean refugee who has defected to South Korea. He attempts to adjust to Seoul with a shy and submissive attitude. When Seung-chul is harassed by the authorities, he takes a new job at a karaoke bar to gain stability, an appropriate income, and less prejudice for being a defector.