The Pollen of Flowers

Pollen Flowers 1
Film info

Director: Ha Gil-jong
Cast: Namkoong Won, Choi ji-hee, Kim Ji-young, Yun So-ra
85mins, 1972

From his first feature, Ha Gil-jong embraced subversion and provocation, as the fractious set-up between a corrupt businessman and his mistress is upended when he brings his male secretary and  lover into their home.

The name of the mistress’ mansion – the ‘Blue House’, also the name of the residence of the South Korean head of state – makes the political implications of Ha’s film clear, with sharp jabs at the Park Chung-Hee regime. Regarded as the first Korean film to depict a same sex relationship, it’s an unflinching satire with echoes of Pasolini’s Teorema and the films of Kim Ki-young.

This screening will be introduced by Alex Davidson. Alex Davidson is a cinema curator at the Barbican, a former programmer for JW3 and a former curator for the BFI National Archive.

Barbican Cinema, 04 Nov 2019 6:30 pm

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