Eunuch + Introduction
A special recorded introduction from KFN programmer Julia Martos to watch before the exquisite costume melodrama Eunuch from the Korean Film Archive's YouTube channel. The film will follow in KCCUK's Eunuch playlist.
Part of LKFF's Trapped! The Cinema of Confinement season, in collaboration with Birkbeck University.
Considered one of the great masters of Korean cinema of the 1960s, Shin Sang-Ok brings us this colorful costume melodrama set in the feudal society of medieval Korea. In a prison-like palace, a whole community of eunuch soldiers are confined by their King along with his concubines. In an atmosphere of high sexual repression a love story arises: a noble and beautiful young concubine, sold to the monarch by her father, Ja-Oak, has a forbidden relation with an eunuch, Jong-ho. Their misfortunes and dreams guide us through the sensual setting of the palace to reveal what the true relationship between the protagonists is, and how the King's ambition will trigger a love triangle.
On top of that, Sang-Ok's concern for the condition of women in Korean social history can be rightfully found in Eunuch, where issues like motherhood or female sexuality are interwoven into the desire of the young concubine Ja-Oak to escape from an oppressive society.
More information on our Trapped! The Cinema of Confinement season here.
The 14th London Korean Film Festival has ended.
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