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"Spotlight on Contemporary Korean Cinema" in Los Angeles

2011/10/29 Source

Spotlight on Contemporary Korean Cinema - including Jang Hoon Retrospective

Event, held from 11/2/11 to 11/5/11.
This event is sponsored by KOFIC and presented to you by KCCLA.

5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 Map Phone: (323)936-7141 Fax: (323)936-5712 

Copyright© 2008 Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, All rights reserved.

CGV offers the following titles during this event:

"The Front Line" 고지전

Nov. 2 (Wed) 6:30pm CGV Cinemas
*Q&A with Director Jang Hoon follows
Directed by: Jang Hoon (장훈)
Screenplay by: Park Sang-yeon (박상연)
Synopsis: In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line
Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. Kang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that's been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that's more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.

"Secret Reunion" 의형제
Nov. 2 (Wed) 4pm CGV Cinemas

Directed by: Jang Hoon (장훈)
Screenplay by: Jang Min-seok (장민석)
Synopsis: When North Korean secret agent Ji-won (Gang Dong-won) crosses the 38th Parallel on a mission, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) led by Han-gyu (Song Kang-ho) intervenes, and a shooting rampage ensues in the heart of Seoul. For the incident, Han-gyu is fired and Ji-won is deserted by his agency. Six years later, the two meet by chance and start a business partnership in order to steal information from the other.

"Rough Cut" 영화는 영화다
Nov. 2 (Wed) 1:30pm CGV Cinemas
Directed by: Jang Hoon (장훈)
Screenplay by: Kim Ki-duk (김기덕), Ok Jin-gon (옥진곤)
Synopsis: Gang-pae, #2 in his organization, is swamped with routine violence, and his dream of becoming an actor never went away. Star actor Soo-ta lives behind a veil, away from public eyes. Over time his behavior becomes increasingly agitated, provoked by paparazzi wanting a piece of him wherever he goes. This behavior puts him in a series of spiraling and uncontrollable situations. Now he begins shooting a new movie playing a gangster. Because of his bad temper, he beats up a fellow actor and forces the production to a halt. Feeling responsible, Soo-ta requests Gang-pae, whom he met by chance, to play alongside him in the movie in order to save the production. Gang-pae agrees with the condition that the violence portrayed in the movie has to be real and not fake acting violence. Soo-ta accepts the condition and they get ready for the real match.

"Ordinary Days" 평범한 날들
Nov. 4 (Fri) 5:30pm CGV Cinemas
Directed by: Inan (이난)
Screenplay by: Inan (이난)
Synopsis: Consisting of various episodes from the life of a man in 30's who lost his wife and son in an accident, and a woman in her 20's lives an agonizing life, and a teenager comes to face with the death of his grandfather. [Ordinary Days] portrays these people and the relationships around them. They unwittingly carry out violence on others, while they become a victim of violence by unknown people. Examining the gap between a person and the world around him and the violence in it, the film monitors the minor vibrations in ordinary life. After working in experimental short films and photography, director Inan strives to capture delicate moments in our daily lives. Yet, beyond merely emphasizing on the mood of despair, this film dream of new possibilities in gazing at the life of people. (LEE Sang-yong)

"Re-encounter" 혜화, 동(童)
Nov. 5 (Sat) 3pm CGV Cinemas

Directed by: Min Yong-keun (민용근)
Screenplay by: Min Yong-keun (민용근)
Synopsis: To recover memories from five years ago…
Can our story start again?
18 year-old Hye-hwa and Han-soo were lovers but as soon as Hye-hwa got pregnant Han-soo disappeared completely. Five years later, Han-soo suddenly appears in front of Hye-hwa and the two of them find out their baby is still alive. Hye-hwa doesn't believe Han-soo. However, after finding out her child had been adopted, she can't help but weaken.

"Secret Sunshine" 밀양

Nov. 5 (Sat) 5:30pm CGV Cinemas

Directed by: Lee Chang-dong (이창동)
Screenplay by: Lee Chang-dong (이창동)
Synopsis: After losing her husband, a woman relocates to a small-town called Miryang for a new start. When tragedy strikes, one local man stands by her through all of her struggles and tries to offer her hope.

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