The Man With Three Coffins

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Film info

Director: Lee Jang-ho
Cast: Lee Bo-hee, Kim Myung-kon, Ko Seol-bong, Chu Seok-yang
Cert 18, 105mins, 1987

This complex, beautiful and puzzling film is Lee Jang-ho’s most accomplished literary adaptation, transforming the uncanny fiction of Lee Je-ha into a visually haunting classic. Lee Bo-hee plays the wife, in flashbacks, then reappears as a part-time prostitute and also as a nurse taking a dying old man on his own impossible trajectory North. This is a very Korean – therefore universal – story of divided selves and sundered nations. The final shamanic rite by the riverside is one of the most mysterious scenes in Korean cinema.

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