A Conversation with Director Kim Sung-soo and Actor Jung Woo-sung

Kim Jung

Action-noir Asura: The City of Madness took Korean screens by storm in the summer and at the London Korean Film Festival the film will make its eagerly awaited European debut. Before the film premieres this evening its star and director are here to give a special talk on their long-standing collaborative relationship.

Asura is director Kim Sung-soo’s most accomplished film to date, a brooding, atmospheric masterpiece where cops, criminals and corrupt politicians fight for survival against the backdrop of a shady megalopolis. Kim’s been turning out blockbusters for over two decades now, with his maturation as a director being mirrored by actor Jung Woo-sung’s own transformation from simmering youth icon to one of the country’s hottest leading men.

The pair first collaborated on the cusp of the Korean New Wave with Beat (1997), followed swiftly by City of the Rising Sun (1999). A showcase for the talents of both star and director these action-filled crime dramas would set the template for such films in the coming decade. Their next project, historical epic Musa - The Warrior (2001), was groundbreaking in scale and ambition; the Wave had broken, and Jung and Kim have been at the forefront of Korea’s innovative blockbuster filmmaking ever since.

Kim Sung-soo and Jung Woo-sung Collaborative Filmography

  • Beat (1997)
  • City of the Rising Sun (1998)
  • Musa - The Warrior (2001)
  • Asura: The City of Madness (2016)

Registration: Entrance is free and no tickets are required but booking is essential.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Korean Studies and the London Korean Film Festival

Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4893

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 04 Nov 16 5:30 pm

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