Actor Baek Yoon-sik
Director: Woo Min-ho
Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-sik
Korea’s commercial filmmakers have been turning their cameras on the country’s corrupt elite of late, yet few films have been as aggressively entertaining as Woo Min-ho’s Inside Men. Lee Byung-hun features as an effective political fixer who is betrayed by his mentor, the editor of an influential newspaper, who is pulling strings to get a corporation backed congressman elected as president. Minus one hand, the fixer returns with an elaborate revenge plan, launching himself into a debauched and sanguinary trail to the highest office in the land. Lee shines in this slick and savage takedown of Korea’s amoral ruling class. LKFF will be screening the director’s cut of the film, which added two million viewers to Inside Men’s original run.
Regent Street Cinema, 06 Nov 2016 7:10 pm
Director: Im Sang-soo
Cast: Baek Yoon-sik, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Kim Kang-woo
Director Im Sang-soo is known for regularly mixing politics and sexuality in his films, often controversially, and such is noticeably the case with The Taste of Money. The film details the ongoing tale of an insanely rich Korean family, focusing on company president Yoon (Baek Yoon-sik) and his wife Geum-ok (Yoon Yeo-jeong). When Geum-ok discovers that Yoon has been having an affair with the family’s maid, Eva (Maui Taylor), she decides to force youthful Young-jak into her bed as part of her twisted revenge before embarking on a quest to find a way to make Yoon and Eva pay for their indiscretions, once and for all.
Regent Street Cinema, 06 Nov 2016 4:15 pm
Director: Shin Han-sol
Cast: Baek Yoon-sik, Jae Hee, Kim Eung-soo
Byung-tae (Jae Hee) is a shy young man who is regularly picked on by bullies at his school. Even his attempts to learn martial arts fall flat and he fears he will always be at their vicious mercy. That is, until he meets former legendary fighter Pan-soo (Baek Yoon-sik) who, after repeated and almost incessant pleas for help from the young man to learn how to strike back against his many aggressors, finally agrees to school Byung-tae in the art of fighting. The Art of Fighting was the directorial debut of Shin Han-sol and while it is sometimes action-packed, sometimes bittersweet, it is always genuinely amusing and wholly entertaining.
Regent Street Cinema, 07 Nov 2016 6:30 pm
Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Cast: Baek Yoon-sik, Park Shin-yang
Several years before his huge box office hits The Thieves and Assassination, director Choi Dong-hoon wrote and directed The Big Swindle, a briskly paced cinematic rollercoaster ride detailing the efforts of a group of criminals, including veteran con-artist Mr. Kim (Baek Yoon-sik), to locate deceased con man Chang-hyuk’s (Park Shin-yang) swindled cash pile before the police can catch on to their dodgy dealings. Chock full of double and triple-crosses, The Big Swindle won a host of awards in its year of release including several for Baek Yoon-sik as Best Supporting Actor, the stand out performance of this all round superbly acted film.
Regent Street Cinema, 04 Nov 2016 5:30 pm
Director: Jang Joon-hwan
Cast: Shin Ha-kyun, Baek Yoon-sik, Hwang Jeong-min, Lee Jae-yong
Cert 18, 117mins, 2004
The feature debut by director Jang Joon-hwan mixes elements of multiple genres such as comedy, science fiction, thriller and horror. The main character, Lee Byeong-gu (Shin Ha-kyun) is a beekeeper and mannequin maker, somewhat an ordinary young man. He, however, firmly believes that all of Earth's social ills are the evil doings of aliens; unless he can meet the prince from Andromeda before the next total lunar eclipse by acquiring the “royal genetic code”, the planet will be in great danger. Byeong-gu suspects that Kang Man-shik (Baek Yoon-sik), the CEO of Yoojae Chemical Company, is an alien who has come to destroy the planet and has the code. So with his girlfriend Sun-i (Hwang Jeong-min), Byeong-gu kidnaps Man-shik and forces him to reveal the information using extreme interrogation techniques. However Man-shik doesn't give up so easily... Can Byung-gu save the planet?
KCCUK, 13 Nov 2016 7:00 pm