Dong-ju: The Portrait of a Poet

Dongju
Film info

2015. Directed by Lee Joon-ik , starring Kang Ha-neul, Park Jung-min , 113 mins.

Hitmaker Lee Joon-ik teams up with arthouse darling Shin Yeon-shick for a bold black and white biopic of Lee Dong-ju, a young poet whose voice channelled the feelings of a generation in Korea when the country was a subject of the Japanese Colonial Empire. Kang Ha-neul features as the artist, whose lyrical verses had him arrested and tortured by the Japanese, while actor Park Jung-min shines as his head-strong resistance fighter friend. Lee brings a deft and sensitive touch to Shin’s powerful screenplay in a story that resonated with many local viewers earlier this year.

Odeon Camden, 12 Nov 16 2:00 pm

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