K-Spotlight

Manshin

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UK Premiere

Film info

2014. Directed by Park Chan-kyong , starring Kim Sae-ron, Ryu Hyun-kyung, Moon So-ri, Kim Keum-hwa, Cert TBC , 104 mins.

Awards

Opening Gala
DMZ KOREAN INT. DOC. FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Closing Gala
NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014

A documentary spanning a lifetime, Manshin centres on a woman who has been shunned for being ‘possessed’ by spirits as a girl, oppressed for her superstitions beliefs as an adult and how she has grown into a great shaman has been honoured as a nation treasure of Korea. Kim Keum-hwa is one of Korea’s greatest shaman who was actually born in Hwanghae Province, North Korea before the Korean War. Her shamanic traditions hark back to when she was seventeen and became possessed by spirits during an initiation rite called Nae-rim-gut. Though this film documents the life and times of Kim Keum-hwa, it also gives a history of the oppression of people who believe in shamanism throughout 20th century, through the Japanese colonial period, Korean War, and 1970’s New Community Movement.

The film is told through a mixture of rare archive footage, music perfor- mances, provoking mythical fantasy scenes and reenactments with actors including; Moon So-ri, Kim Sae-ron and Ryu Hyun-kyung. This magical and eye opening story is imaginatively brought to life through the eyes of director Park Chan-kyong who previous work all in- clude shamanic themes such as short film Night Fishing co-directed with his brother, Park Chan-wook. As with past work Park Hyun-kyung looks to mainstream Korea’s near lost shaman identity and religion. Whether you believe in the shamanic teachings or not, Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits is a fascinating and visually compelling film.

The Target

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UK Premiere

Film info

2014. Directed by Chang , starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Yu Jun-sang, Lee Jin-wook, Cert TBC , 98 mins.

Awards

Official Selection
Cannes Int. Film Festival 2014

A once skilled mercenary, Yeo-hoon, played by Ryu Seung-ryong, now leads an every man life. One day he goes out to run an errand only to discovering a man being murdered. The killers see that Yeo-hoon could be a witness and shoot him. With a little luck and a little skill. he is not fatally wounded and man- ages to make it to a hospital. The murder victim is identified as a well known industrialist and Yeo-hoon is named as the prime suspect. At the hospital Yeo-hoon is under the care of resident doc- tor Tae-jun, a cheerful man expecting his first child with his wife Hee-joo. The killers return and look to finish off Yeo-hoon during the night but Tae-jun saves him. In retaliation Hee-joo is kidnapped with Tae-jun receiving a phone call demanding Yeo-hoon’s release from the hospital in exchange for Hee-joo’s life. In a state of shock, Tae-jun does as he is told and helps Yeo-hoon escape from the hospital. On the run Yeo-hoon must find the killers, clear his name and save Hee-soo all in 36 hours.

Part of the official selection in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Target is a thrilling, action packed film on par with pervious London Korean Film Festival selection The Man From Nowhere. Ryu Seung-ryong (War of the Arrows), one of Korea’s most most popular actors teams up with Death Bell director, Chang for this intense cat and mouse game unlike any Korean film you have seen before.

Gyeongju

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UK Premiere

Film info

2017. Directed by Zhang Lu , starring Park Hae-il, Shin Min-a, Cert TBC , 149 mins.

Awards

Official Selection
Busan Int. Film Festival 2014

Official Selection
Toronto Int. Film Festival 2014

Choi Hyeon, a professor in Beijing, at- tends a friend’s funeral and meets Chun-won, a colleague who seven years previous travelled to Gyeongju. Talking over drinks the two reminisce about their times there. Choi mentions a certain cafe which had an obscene painting hanging on the walls but Chun-won remembers nothing. The next day on a whim Choi decides to return to Gyeongju and find the painting. He finds the cafe but not the painting instead the establishment is run by an attractive lady named Yun-hui.

In the vain of films such as Midnight in Paris and Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, Gyeongju centres on a romantic journey in a hauntingly beauty location. The city finds itself being just as important as the two talented leads in Park Hae-il (The Host) and Shin Min-a

A Hard Day

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Film info

2017. Directed by , starring Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Young-soo, Cert TBC , 111 mins.

Awards

Official Selection Directors' Fortnight
Cannes Int. Film Festival 2014

Official Selection
BFI London Film Festival 2014

Driving home after his mother’s funeral, special crimes detective, Gun-su, is startled when someone jumps out in front of him onto the road. With no time to avoid the person Gun-su runs them down. A cop causing a person’s death, even accidentally, is not going to end well for anyone so in a panic Gun-su comes up with a plan to hide the body in in his mother’s coffin. A few days pass and it looks as if he was gotten off scot-free until he receives an anonymous call from someone who witnessed everything. However this witness/wannabe blackmailer does not want money but wants to know the location of the body. Gun-su problems escalate when the hit and run pops up on the police database with his partner being assigned the case. Gun-su has to juggle the blackmailer’s demands, stopping his partner from solving the case and staying alive as each attempt to cover up his crime becomes more and more dangerous.

A Hard Day is Korea’s most sus- penseful thriller of the year drawing huge crowds in its native Korea and praise in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film is the director’s second film after debuting in 2006 with How the Lack of Love Affects Two Men, a thoroughly different type of film but holds the running theme of blackmail. Taking the lead is actor Lee Sung-kyun who first made a name for himself as the star of the Rocky Horror Picture Show musical be- fore wowing audiences in a number of successful comedies and Hong Sang-soo films.

Hill of Freedom

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Film info

2017. Directed by Hong Sang-soo , starring Ryo Kase, Moon So-ri, Seo Young-hwa, Cert TBC , 67 mins.

Awards

Orizzonti
Venice Int. Film Festival 2014

Masters
Toronto Int. Film Festival 2014

Dragons and Tigers
Toronto Int. Film Festival 2014

Official Selection
BFI Int. Film Festival

Kwon works as a language tutor at a school who stops by her old workplace and picks a thick envelope containing a number of undelivered letters addressed to her. Two years previous Kwon was involved with a Japanese instructor she worked with named Mori who declared his love for her and proposed. Undecided about how she felt, Kwon turned him down. Defeated Mori immediately returned to Japan and at some point he returned to Korea looking to win Kwon’s heart. The letters enclosed in the envelope are from Mori while he was searching all over Seoul for his love. Kwon reads the first letter in the lobby but she grows faint walking down the stairs and accidentally scatters the letters. Collecting them she discovers that none of the letters are dated so cannot place them in the correct order. Will not knowing when each of the letters was written change the significance of what they say?

Hong Sang-soo, the master of subtlety and the everyday, returns with this sweetly, sentimental story of the remembrance of a past relationship. Told through a narrative that weaves in and out of the past and present the director rejoins with actress Moon So- ri (Hahaha) and Seo Young-hwa (Oki’s Movie) and first time Kase Ryo (Letters From Iwo Jima)