The story involves dancer Eun Ho-jeong (Mun So-Ri), wife of the unfaithful Yeong-jak (Hwang Jeong-min) and mother to a seven-year-old son. She meets a teenage boy and named Shin Ji-un (Bong Tae-gyu) and the two share an intimate friendship despite their age difference. When Ji-un’s father discovers their relationship, he threatens to tell her husband. Meanwhile, her father-in-law (Kim In-mum) dies and her mother-in-law (Yun Yeo-jeong) quickly starts up another relationship. A Good Lawyer’s Wife was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
Formerly known as “How to Travel with a Cow”
A bachelor poet lives in a remote area of Kang-won province. He goes to sell a cow but the price is too low. He gets a call from his former lover, who married his friend seven years ago. His friend has died, and she asks him to come to the funeral. He goes to the funeral with the cow. The man, the girl, and the cow leave on a journey.
To kick-start the beginning of the K-FILM series as part of the 100 Day Festival of Korean Culture, you are welcome to a FREE night out for a special screening of ‘Battlefield Heroes’ followed by a Q&A session with the award-winning Director LEE Joon-ik.
The event will take place on June 28 at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus at 6:30PM.
Audiences will be admitted on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
All members of the audience will receive a raffle ticket and at the end of the films screening and Q&A sessions, raffles will be drawn by Director LEE Joon-ik and His Excellency Ambassador CHOO Kyu-ho.
Prizes include: a signed DVD of Director LEE Joon-ik’s film ‘SUNNY’, a book on Korean Cinema, and for all the K-POP fans, a signed (personally signed by all five members) CD of BIGBANG’s latest album ‘Still Alive’.
Make Thursday evenings a regular date on your calendar, with Thursday simply being “Korean Film Night”!
Soo-ni is a young woman stuck in an arranged marriage to a man who still loves his college girlfriend. Her husband, Sang-gil, is a soldier in the Republic of Korea Army, and though she visits him regularly, he doesn’t return her affections. After Sang-gil is sent to fight in the Vietnam War, Soo-ni resolves to follow him. She joins a band which is heading there, where she sings for the soldiers as “Sunny”, with the hope of being reunited with her husband.
Please note that the screening scheduled for the 17th has been added to the 24th’s programme.
U and Me A (2008): weight lifter So-young is in third grade of junior high and she is in the same class as Cheol-gu, who is planning to move to Australia to study there. The two teens feel uncertain about the future that they’ve chosen, but their parents just force them to go on, regardless of how they feel.
Lost and Found (2009): This film follows a trip to Chuncheon. The college student believes that she will be filled with artistic inspiration when she sleeps with the famous artist. The painter is mad at the student yet he plays along with her due to sexual temptation. The film calls it ‘bad impulse. However, the bad impulse itself is not a bad thing. That same bad impulse sometimes leads a human into the temptation of art and sometimes provides the moment of truth in the throes of lust.
Chul-min is a man whose life hides a dark past. He works as a delivery man by day and a parking-lot attendant by night.
One evening a chance encounter changes his life forever. He meets the partially sighted Jung-hwa whose optimism restores his faith in people and the world. As their friendship blooms Chul-min Seeks ways to finance the surgery that Jung-hwa desperately needs.
Fighting for high-stakes, can Chul-min’s return to the underworld be a success?
Hyeon-seong is a film director struggling to write a new screenplay, he decides to return to a remote southern island he stayed on 10 years earlier in order to fulfil a promise he made with his girlfriend at the time. As he waits on the secluded island to see if the promise will also be kept by his now ex-girlfriend, he gets to know an oddly charming young motel operator So-yeon.
On a winter day, three women with three different stories of anguish encounter each other on a road. The brutal city has expelled them, leaving them with nothing but bitterness. Oknam and Hye-na board the same bus by chance, and they rescue Yoo-jin from her attempted suicide on a snowy mountain. Having no place to rest, they begin their unplanned journey to Flower Island, where it is said all pain and sorrow disappear. On their way, they go through many unexpected events, and realize the journey itself is what heals their inner wounds.
Lee Yoon-Ki I South Korea 2011 I 105 mins I Korean + English subtitles
In this brilliantly crafted drama, a woman nonchalantly announces to her husband that she is leaving him for another man. On the day she is due to move out of their home, they both appear emotionless. All is seemingly normal, from their conversations about pasta recipes to booking a table at their favourite restaurant, until a torrential rain storm strikes.
Chilsu, a talented young artist, makes his living painting theatrical posters. He quits his job to join Mansu painting billboards. Chilsu dreams of joining his sister in the United States, but loses contact with her. Mansu’s father has long been a political prisoner. The two men spend their free time at discos and drinking with their student friend Jin-A. After Mansu’s fathers is denied leave for his hwangab, or 60th birthday celebration, and they discover that Jin-A has entered an arranged marriage, the two climb onto a roof over a billboard they have painted and begin venting their frustrations at the crowd below.
Director E J-yong mixes reality and fiction by bringing together top actresses to play themselves on screen. On Christmas Eve, in order to shoot Vogue’s special edition, six actresses ranging from their twenties to their sixties come together at a studio. This should be the first attempt in Korea to break the rules of the fashion world.
Based on the novel ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a younger cousin, Jo-won, to deflower the innocent young Soh-ok, who is to become her husband’s concubine. But, his attentions soon shift to the graceful and aloof Lady Sook, who lives according to her convictions as a Catholic. Jo-won becomes obsessed with seducing this chaste woman who has remained celibate for nine years since her husband’s death.
However, conquering the most virtuous woman in the land proves to be more difficult than Chosun’s notorious playboy expects.
Director E J-yong keeps a familiar story interesting by virtue of unexpected juxtapositions (for example in the soundtrack, a mix of classical European and Korean music), visual elegence, and efficient storytelling. He stays true to the spirit of the original novel while giving it an entirely new aesthetic.
Farid Rasulov Hyo Myoung Kim Jane McAdam Freud Littlewhitehead Yoonjin Jung
C99 Art Project, 99 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London NW10 3DN
December 2011 – January 2012
Boundaries is a collaboration between Gazelli Art House and C99 Art Project run by the architectural company, Newman Zieglmeier. The exhibition looks at the creative limitations (boundaries), if any, imposed through curatorial or architectural briefs. Through context, material and artistic process the exhibition explores the tension between art and architecture. Boundaries focuses on the works exhibited throughout 2011 by Gazelli Art House and tells a story of obstacles the artists had to overcome.
Hallucinations and nightmares torment up-and-coming young author Min-woo (Gang Dong-Won). He cannot concentrate on his new work, the much-anticipated follow-up to his first successful novel, nor can he lead a normal life. Old photos and images he does not recognize – though they are somehow familiar – materialize from the darkness as if developed in a darkroom. Haunted by these spectres of memories he can’t remember, he drags himself through days of confusion and alienation. Mimi (Lee Yeon-Hee), a beautiful young woman, follows him around like one completely lost in love. As Mimi intones the notes of “Mist” (popular song from 1960’s) for him, long-ago recollections sparkle in the darkness of his mind as if illuminated by flashbulbs. Flickering memories of his first love claim his concentration, calling for him to remember.