The Ascension of Han-ne
Director: Ha Gil-jong
Cast: Hah Myung-joong, Jeon Young-sun, Hwang Hae
In 19th century Korea, a woman is saved from a suicide attempt and brought back to the village of her rescuer. Here, she is regarded with fear and suspicion, with many believing she will bring them bad luck owing to the pronouncements of a corrupt shaman.
Although set far in the past, Ha critiques the present, as he explores how folkloric and often misogynist traditions echo into the present day, in a society framed by archaic patriarchal convention. Often disturbing, and audacious in its use of tropes from traditional ghost stories, it’s one of Ha’s most intriguing films.
Barbican Cinema, 10 Nov 2019 6:00 pm