K-Actors

Haemoo

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UK Premiere

Film info

2014. Directed by Shim Sung-bo , starring Kim Yun-seok, Park Yoo-chun, Han Ye-ri, Lee Hui- joon. Moon Sung-keun, Kim Sang-ho, Yoo Seung-mok, Cert TBC , 111 mins.

Screenwriter Shim Sung-bo (Memories of Murder) directors his first feature film based on the true story of a group of fisherman who face tragic consequences while smuggling illegal immi- grants.

Captaining the 69 ton fishing vessel, The Junjin, is Kang, a weathered seaman who decides after years of declining fishing hauls that he needs to take drastic action to make ends meet and keep his crew members in work. He decides to strike a deal with a human trafficking broker to smuggle people into Korea. The ships leaves port with the crew believing they are heading out to catch their biggest haul in years, unaware that they are actually going to pick up Korean-Chinese immigrants. In the open sea Kang rendezvous with a Chinese vessel who unloads its cargo, people, onto The Junjin. Confused at what is happening, the crew members slowly realise what Kang’s intentions are and what they are unwitting part of. The crew look to comfort the abused immigrants while Kang treats them worse than the traffickers. The Junjin stays in open waters unmoving which causes restlessness in The Junjin’s cargo and that of its crew. Tensions and tempers flare as a fog descends on the ship.

Produced by Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer), Haemoo hosts an all star cast in this tension filled drama, including; Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser), Han Ye-ri (Kundo: The Age of the Ram- pant), Moon Sung-keun (In Another Country) You Seung-mok (Han Gong- ju) and Lee Hee-jun (The Unjust).

Obsessed

UK Premiere

Film info

2017. Directed by Kim Dae-woo , starring Song Seung-heon, Lim Ji-yeon, Jo Yeo-jeong, On Ju-wan, Cert TBC , 132 mins.

In 1969, at the end of the Vietnam War, a war hero, Colonel Kim Jin-pyong looks to accept his reward upon return- ing home with a promotion to General. With a beautiful wife, a promising career and distinguished war record Jin-pyong should be revered but only finds himself surrounded by petty jealousy and envy. The Colonel begins to feel the affects of post traumatic stress, something his wife dismisses. One day Captain Kyung Woo-jin is transferred into Jin-pyong’s army and moves next door with his wife Ga-heun. Jin-pyong sees that Ga-heun is different from all the other officer’s wives and instantly falls in love with her. Though she is indifferent to the Colonel to begin with she eventually opens up to him after Jin-pyong saves her from a near fatal accident. He learns that Ga-heun’s marriage is more or less a sham as the couple see themselves more as a brother and sister after Ga-heun was adopted by Woo-jin’s family. Jin-pyong manages to woo Ga-heun with the two indulging in their deepest desires but how long can the two keep their affair a secret?

Director and screenwriter Kim Dae-woo has produced a number of successful lust filled movies with Untold Scandal, Forbidden Quest and The Servant and his latest feature, Obsessed being no different. The film stays in the tradition of director Dae-woo’s past works by unveiling a rarely seen period of Korean history with the late Sixties. This was a defining age for South Korea as the country experienced a flood of new fashions, culture, art and music, all beautifully realised in Obsessed by art director Kim Ji-su (A Werewolf Boy).

Obsessed

UK Premiere

Film info

2017. Directed by Kim Dae-woo , starring Song Seung-heon, Lim Ji-yeon, Jo Yeo-jeong, On Ju-wan, Cert TBC , 132 mins.

In 1969, at the end of the Vietnam War, a war hero, Colonel Kim Jin-pyong looks to accept his reward upon return- ing home with a promotion to General. With a beautiful wife, a promising career and distinguished war record Jin-pyong should be revered but only finds himself surrounded by petty jealousy and envy. The Colonel begins to feel the affects of post traumatic stress, something his wife dismisses. One day Captain Kyung Woo-jin is transferred into Jin-pyong’s army and moves next door with his wife Ga-heun. Jin-pyong sees that Ga-heun is different from all the other officer’s wives and instantly falls in love with her. Though she is indifferent to the Colonel to begin with she eventually opens up to him after Jin-pyong saves her from a near fatal accident. He learns that Ga-heun’s marriage is more or less a sham as the couple see themselves more as a brother and sister after Ga-heun was adopted by Woo-jin’s family. Jin-pyong manages to woo Ga-heun with the two indulging in their deepest desires but how long can the two keep their affair a secret?

Director and screenwriter Kim Dae-woo has produced a number of successful lust filled movies with Untold Scandal, Forbidden Quest and The Servant and his latest feature, Obsessed being no different. The film stays in the tradition of director Dae-woo’s past works by unveiling a rarely seen period of Korean history with the late Sixties. This was a defining age for South Korea as the country experienced a flood of new fashions, culture, art and music, all beautifully realised in Obsessed by art director Kim Ji-su (A Werewolf Boy).

Man on High Heels

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UK Premiere

Film info

2017. Directed by Jang Jin , starring Cha Seung-won, Oh Jeong-se, E Som, Go Kyoung-pyo, Park Sung-woong, Cert TBC , 125 mins.

Awards

Dragons and Tigers
Toronto Int. Film Festival 2014

Jang Jin is possibly one of Korea’s best directors yet bizarrely one of the country’s most overlooked filmmakers inter- nationally. With a string of critical and commercial successes, not just film but also theatre and TV, over the last two decades, director Jin has returned to the big screen with an incredibly sub- versive film. Holding all the trademark elements of classic Jin films as well as Korean crime thrillers, the film sets itself about by adding a very unusual twist.

Detective Yoon is the typical John McClane hard man, unflinching in the eye of the most evil individuals. However underneath his tough guy ex- terior lies a secret desire, officer Yoon is a woman trapped in a man’s body. Agonising over the decision to have a sex change operation, Yoon becomes embroiled in a case to bring down a high ranking gangster in Boss Huh and help fellow police officer Jang-mi who has developed feels for Yoon. Can the transgender cop have it all and come out unscatched in the process?

Visually stunning and a departure from director Jin’s normal style, Man on High Heels could easily become a trashy and cliched affair but Jang Jin executes a provocative and enjoyment picture. Taking a risk with Jin in his bold story is actor Cha Seung-won (Blades of Blood), who typically plays the part of romcom pinups, and delivers a career high he will find hard to top.

Man in Love

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European Premiere

Film info

2014. Directed by , starring Hwang Jung-min, Han Hye-jin, Kwak Do-won, Jung Man-shik, Cert TBC , 120 mins.

Parolee Han Tae-il has been in and out of trouble all his life and is currently operating as the the right hand man of a loan shark. One day he is sent to make a collection but finds his customer in hos- pital in a coma. At the man’s side is his daughter, bank employee, Ju Ho-jeong who he forces to take over her father’s contract. Though she is now a customer of his, Tae-il develops an interest in her and finds out that she is suffering from money issues even though he insists that she will repay the debt. Tae-il manages to convince his employer to void her interest payments. Ho-jeong is grateful but begins to regret the apprehend show of kindness when Tae-il looks for repayment by forcing her to spend time with him. He finally wins her heart when Ho-jeong’s father dies and Tae-il arranges the funeral. Sadly he is found to be breaking his conditions of parole and sent back to prison. Can a relationship survive after two years in jail?

The debut from director Han Dong-wook could have easily have been a very generic movie but thanks to some excellent casting the director has made something special; the film stars favourites Hwang Jung-min (The Unjust) and Han Hye-jin (No Mercy) who have vibrant on-screen chemistry. A weepy but enjoyable melodrama.