Dong-ju: The Portraite of a Poet
Director: Lee Joon-ik
Cast: Kang Ha-neul, Park Jung-min
113 mins, 2015
Hitmaker Lee Joon-ik teams up with arthouse darling Shin Yeon-shick for a bold black and white biopic of Lee Dong-ju, a young poet whose voice channelled the feelings of a generation in Korea when the country was a subject of the Japanese Colonial Empire. Kang Ha-neul features as the artist, whose lyrical verses had him arrested and tortured by the Japanese, while actor Park Jung-min shines as his head-strong resistance fighter friend. Lee brings a deft and sensitive touch to Shin’s powerful screenplay in a story that resonated with many local viewers earlier this year.