Sydney (Free Screening)
“Korean Cultural Centre, Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth St Sydney”
Kim Jee-woon's Retrospective
The Quiet Family (조용한 가족)
WED 23 AUG | 13:00
Dir Jee-woon Kim, 1998, 103 mins, U+18, Korean w/English Subtitles l Cast Moon-hee Na, In-hwan Park, Min-shik Choi l Keywords Family, Black Comedy, Lies, Mystery
“A sly, genuinely anarchic comedy of escalating absurdity about an ‘average’ Korean family” – Derek Elley, Variety
After the father’s dismissal from his company, a family decides to open a mountain lodge in an isolated cottage in the hills. Although they initially expect a rush of lodgers, the mansion is empty for days. Meanwhile, Mina, the youngest daughter, is upset by the strange noises at night and an old woman’s ominous omen. At last, their first guest appears and the family pours excessive favours on him. However, when the guest is found dead the next day, the family buries him in a panic to avoid any risk of ruining their business. The next guests are a couple. And funnily enough they commit a double suicide to which the family buries them again. Deaths seem to pile up and just when the family gets accustomed to digging, they realize that a road construction scheduled beside their lodge may uncover their secrets.
I Saw the Devil (악마를 보았다)
WED 23 AUG | 14:55
Dir Jee-woon Kim, 2010, 144 mins, U+18, Korean w/English Subtitles l Cast Byung-hun Lee, Min-shik Choi, Jun-hyuk Lee l Keywords Serial Killer, Thriller, Gorehouse
“A brutally violent revenge thriller with a compelling cat-and-mouse tale, be warned, this film is definitely not for the faint of heart” -Phelim O’Neill, The Guardian
A serial killer’s latest victim turns out to be the wife of a highly-trained government secret agent who turns the tables on the murderer, relentlessly pursuing him to ensure that he experiences the same terror he instilled in his victims. But the roles of cat and mouse keep switching, the evil at play so pervasive and corrosive that even those on the periphery of the agent’s quest for vengeance have their lives drastically changed or ended. Utterly compelling and adroitly told.
The good, the bad, the weird (좋은놈, 나쁜놈, 이상한놈)
THUR 24 AUG | 13:00
Dir Jee-woon Kim, 2008, 139 mins, U+18, Korean w/English Subtitles l Cast Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Kang-ho Song l Keywords Action, Adventure, Comedy, Wild Wild East.
“An ‘Oriental Western’ with firecracker action, Korean humour and spectacular locations”
– Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
In 1930s Manchuria, an encounter on a train triggers an epic crusade for a treasure map, prompting a marathon chase in hot pursuit of the loot. Do-won, “The Good”, is a bounty hunter, out to track down Chang-yee, “The Bad”, a charismatic hit man attempting to steal the map from a military official. However, the ruthless Tae-goo “The Weird” puts a hitch in both their plans when he secures the map for himself.
A Bittersweet Life (달콤한 인생)
THUR 24 AUG | 15:30
Dir Jee-woon Kim, 2005, 120 mins, U+18, Korean w/English Subtitles l Cast Byung-hun Lee, Jung-min Hwang, Goo Jin, Min-a Shin l Keywords Action, Crime, Drama, Noir, Gangster
“A tour de force of nourish style and Korean ultra-violence that will have genre fans nailed to their seats”
-Derek Elley, Variety
Gangland boss Kang suspects his girlfriend of being unfaithful and sends his trusted right hand man Sun-woo, to sort out the problem. In an uncharacteristic moment of weakness, Sun-woo falls for Hee-Su, taken in by her grace and humanity. When Sun-woo finally catches Hee-Su with her lover, he finds himself unable to kill her and allows her to flee. This infuriates Kang and order his thugs to savagely beat him and leave him for dead. Miraculously surviving the ordeal, Sun-woo unleashes a plan for vengeance.
A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련)
FRI 25 AUG | 13:30
Dir Jee-woon Kim, 2003, 115 mins, U+18, Korean w/English Subtitles l Cast Kap-soo Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon l Keywords Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sisters, Family
“Brilliant Psychological thriller, heart-wrenching drama and gripping horror all wrapped up in one beautifully orchestrated package.”
After being institutionalized in a mental hospital, Korean teen Su-mi reunites with her beloved sister, Su-yeon, and they return to live at their country home. The girls’ widowed father has remarried, and the siblings are immediately resentful of his new wife, Eun-joo. As Su-mi and Su-yeon try to resume their regular lives, strange events plague the house, leading to surprising revelations and a shocking conclusion.
The Foul King (반칙왕)
FRI 25 AUG| 15:40
Dir Jee-woon Kim, 2000, 112 mins, U+18, Korean w/English Subtitles l Cast Kang-ho Song, Jin-young Jang, Sang-myun Park l Keywords Wrestling, Comedy, Foul
“A downtrodden bank clerk moonlights as a rule-breaking wrestler in “the Foul King”, a potentially knockabout local comedy that’s given surprising substance by measured direction and performances” – Derek Elley, Variety
Salaryman Im Dae-ho is chided by his father at home, bullied by his boss at work and secretly fancies one of his female colleagues. A fan of wrestling, and of the great so-called “foul kings,” he gets the idea of taking up the sport himself, especially after his boss headlocks him in the men’s room one day. Reluctantly taken on by a bibulous veteran coach, he submits to training by the coach’s daughter, Min-yeong, and slowly develops some self-confidence. His lifeless eyes begin to sparkle and muscles break out on his pot-bellied body. He is born again. In the ring, he becomes the vicious ‘Foul King’. After winning his first fight by accident, he begins training seriously for a tag match against champ Yubiho, who’s looking for a patsy to boost his career in Japan.