Goryeojang

Goryeojang Website2
Film info

Director: Kim Ki-young
Cast: Kim Jin-kyu, Ju Jeung-ryu, Kim Bo-ae, Kim Dong-won
Cert 18, 87mins, 1963

Goryeojang is a term used to describe the mythical custom of abandoning one’s parents in the mountains once they reach old age. Kim Ki-young’s 1963 film of the same name is set in a famine-ravaged village that practises this custom; the film explores a variety of characters and their struggle for survival. The central character of the film is Gu-ryeong. Permanently injured as the result of a childhood accident, he endures ceaseless insults and ostracism. This makes for uncomfortable viewing for a contemporary audience, yet Kim does not shy away from the brutal and grotesque side of human nature, embracing it with typical black humour.

This screening will be introduced by Herb Shellenberger. Herb Shellenberger is a London-based independent film programmer and writer, originally from Philadelphia.

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