The Korean Cultural Service's free screening series, Korean Movie Night, returns for its second year in New York City on Tuesday, January 11 with a free screening of Korea's submission to the Oscars, A BAREFOOT DREAM (2010, 119 minutes, US premiere) at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street, on the Corner of Varick and Canal). Also attending the screening will be director Kim Tae-Kyun.
A BAREFOOT DREAM tells the true story of Kim Won-Kang, a former player for Korea's national soccer team who hit the skids after he got too old for the game. Lurching from one get-rich-quick scheme to another he finally landed in war-torn East Timor. His local sporting goods shop went bust and he wound up coaching soccer to a bunch of barefoot ghetto kids who went on to compete in the International Youth Soccer Championship in Japan. A hit in Korea, the movie stars the actual kids from the team playing themselves. Director Kim Tae-Kyun will attend the screening.
Also screening this month on Tuesday, January 25, 7pm, is TAKE OFF (2009, 145 minutes, New York Premiere). The time is 1997 in Muju, Korea. In an effort to bring the 2010 Winter Olympics to Korea, the country has to demonstrate that Koreans enjoy the sports of the Winter Olympics. One problem: no one knows squat about ski jumping. They hastily assemble a team, train them on waterslides and send them into competition. It's a true story, and a lot like COOL RUNNING (the story of the Jamaican bobsled team) but it¹s given a distinctly Korean flavor in this popular, mainstream blockbuster that's the flat-out funniest in this series and that stars four major Korean stars: Choi Jae-Hwan, Ha Jeong-Woo (the killer from THE CHASER), rapper Kim Ji-Seok-I and Cha Heon-Tae from MY SASSY GIRL.