The New York Korean Film Festival kicks off with an opening reception at The Korea Society (950 Third Avenue@57th Street) from 5-7PM on Thursday, September 23, featuring noted Korean directors Im Sang Soo (The Housemaid) and Boo Ji-young (Sisters on the Road). Films screen from September 22-30 at MoMA and from October 1-3 at BAM Rose Cinema.
This year’s festival offers films from a range of genres: romance to action, melodrama to cutting-edge thriller, and politically charmed. The opening film is Im Sang-soo’s internationally acclaimed The Housemaid in its New York City premiere; the director, who won positive reviews at Cannes, will be present for questions after the screening. Ms. Boo Ji-young, director of Sisters on the Road, will share in Q&A after her screening and visit a local high school film program under the auspices of The Korea Society. Avante-garde film director Roh Gyeong-tae will discuss his Land of Scarecrows at The Korea Society the evening of September 28. For full details, visit the New York Korean Film Festival website at http://koreanfilmfestival.org. Continue reading after the trailer for the full list of films and descriptions.
New York Korean Film Festival 2010
September 22-30, Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today@MoMA, Titus 1 Theater
October 1–October 3@BAM Rose CinemaThe Housemaid. 2010. Written and directed by Im Sang-Soo and freely adapted from Kim Ki-Young’s 1960 film of the same title. With Jeon Do-Yeon, Lee Jung-Jae, Seo Woo, Yun Yeo-Jung. And what a house the maid has to clean! (The film required the largest film set ever built in Korea.) But that’s the least of it. The family she serves demands attention in many ways, not all of them in her job description. This continuously surprising erotic melodrama about class and privilege features both a top-notch cast, including Jeon Do-Yeon of “Secret Sunshine,” and a climax that won’t be easily forgotten. 106min. Courtesy of IFC Films. New York Premiere. Wednesday, 22 September, 6:30PM; Thursday, 23 September, 4:30PM; Friday, 1 October, 6:50PMGood Morning Mr. President. 2009. Written and directed by Jang Jin. With Lee Soon-Jae, Jang Dong-Gun, Koh Doo-Sim, Im Ha-Ryong. A delicious rumination about power and decision making that takes place largely in the executive kitchen. The settings and political relationships are as Korean as kimchee, but the pacing and domestic relationships are as American as apple pie. Jang Jin’s film about three successive presidents is as winning as the best of Frank Capra. 132 min. Thursday, 23 September, 7:30PM; Friday, 24 September, 4:30PM; Sunday, 3 October, 9:15PMA Frozen Flower. 2008. Written and directed by Yoo Ha. With Zo In-Sung, Joo Jin-Mo, Song Ji-Hyo. History tells of the 31st king of the Koryo Dynasty who had his queen but loved his bodyguard, a brave and noble soldier. However, in order to maintain his dynasty, the king had to produce an heir. Keeping it all in the family he does, but… A spectacular epic about power, passion, and their lethal intertwinement. 133 min. Friday, 24 September, 7:30PM; Sunday, 26 September, 2PM; Sunday, 3 October, 4:00PMWoochi. 2009. Written and directed by Choi Dong-Hoon. With Gang Dong-Won, Kim Yoon-Suk, Lim Soo-Jung, Yoo Hae-Jin. A whizz-bang time-traveling comic fantasy about a Taoist wizard trapped inside a scroll in 1509 and freed in 2009 to capture (as only he can) a gaggle of evil goblins wrecking havoc in Seoul. Directed with such verve and panache, Woochi has one believing again in magicians and monsters.135 min. New York Premiere. Saturday, 25 September, 1PM; Thursday, 30 September, 7:30PM; Saturday, 2 October, 9:15PMSisters on the Road. 2008. Written and directed by Boo Ji-Young. With Kong Hyo-Jin, Shin Min-
A. This first film by a young-woman filmmaker chronicles a road trip across Korea. Two half-sisters, each very different and quite testy with the other, develop an uneasy relationship while reluctantly traveling together in search of their errant father. 91 min. Saturday, 25 September, 3:30PM; Monday, 27 September, 4:30PM; Saturday, 2 October, 4:30PMEighteen. 2010. Written and directed by Jang Kun-Jae. With Seo Jun-Yeong, Lee Min-Ji.
The title of this realist, debut feature means “whirlwind” in Korean, which describe the events surrounding a parental thwarting of a romance between two eighteen-year old students who can hardly wait until they turn nineteen, the legal age in Korea. The filmmaker dedicates his film “to my high school years...Rest in peace, teenage years.” New York Premiere. 95 min. Saturday, 25 September, 6PM; Thursday, 30 September, 4:30PM; Saturday, 2 October, 6:50PMBest Seller. 2010. Written and directed by Lee Jeong-Ho. With Um Jeong-Hwa. A first feature that’s a first-rate thriller. A successful writer, accused of plagiarism, suffers a breakdown, and, after a period of time, rents a remote, unoccupied, countryside house for her and her young daughter who “befriends” a presence there. Her new “friend” tells her stories which she tells her mother. Her mother writes them down, and, as in any good spooky tale, bad things happen. Hollywood has already come knocking on the front door of this haunted house. New York Premiere. 117 min. Saturday, 25 September, 8:15PM; Wednesday, 29 September, 4:30PM; Friday, 1 October, 9:15PMLand of Scarecrows. 2008. Written and directed by Roh Gyeong-Tae. With Kim Sun-Young, Phuong Thi Bich, Jun Du-Won. A transgender installation artist in search of a bride travels to the Philippines and finds one. Back in Korea, a young man who believes he was once adopted from the Philippines enters the couple’s lives, and questions of national and gender identity come to the fore in this austere sophomore feature by one of Korea’s most experimental filmmakers. 90min. New York Premiere. Sunday, 26 September, 4:30PM; Wednesday, 29 September 7:30PM; Sunday, 3 October, 6:50PM
All films are presented in Korean with English subtitles.