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The Flower in Hell

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Director: Shin Sang-ok
Cast: Choi Eun-hee, Kim Hak, Jo Hae-won, Gang Seon-hui
Cert 15, 86mins, 1958

Shin Sang-ok had a prolific career, with more than 100 producer and 70 director credits to his name, earning him the nickname ‘The Prince of South Korean Cinema’. His 1958 classic The Flower In Hell thrilled audiences with its bold aesthetics, its mixing of genres, and its incorporation of documentary footage. Throughout the film, Shin draws attention to the relationships that working class Koreans had with US soldiers, refusing to shy away from the dark side of 1950s Korean society.

Watershed Bristol, 18 Nov 2019 6:00 pm

Grass

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Director: Hong Sangsoo
Cast: Kim Minhee, Jung Jinyoung, Ki Joobong, Seo Younghwa
Cert 15, 66mins, 2017

Episodic, meandering and offering the mere ghost of a narrative, the film, too, is neither this nor that - but the apparent simplicity of Hong's monochromatic long takes conceals a theatricalised artifice whose players may merely be A-reum's fictions, or even lost souls.

Watershed Bristol, 20 Nov 2019 6:00 pm