Hallyuwood Film Club: Mismatched Nose (Korea, 1980)

Welcome Hallyuwooders!

The Seoul Film Society will be screening Im Kwon-taek's seminal masterpiece Mismatched Nose (살인의 추억). A sudden masterpiece born in the spring of 1980Mismatched Nose marks the directorial debut of Im Kwon-taek. In it, he tackles head-on the chapter in modern Korean history that is interwoven with his personal history as the son of a North Korean guerilla fighter. The movie presents through flashbacks the three decades spent in flight and pursuit by Chakko, a guerilla soldier who escapes from custody during transportation, and Song Ki-yol, who lets him slip through his fingers and is ruined as a result. Im shows astonishing directorial skill in fine-tuning nearly 10 flashback sequences, containing the separate lives and memories of his two main characters, into a single harmonious narrative.


Combat policeman Song Ki-yol (Choi Yun-seok) accidentally loses Baek Kong-san (Kim Hee-ra), a notorious Communist guerilla nicknamed "Chakko" for his lopsided nose, while transporting him. As a result, Song is kicked off the police force and driven down the path to ruin. Determined to avenge himself and clear his name, Song devotes the next 30 years of his life to tracking down Chakko. After their decades-long hide-and-seek, Song and Chakko meet as two homeless vagabonds at a rehabilitation center near Seoul. Both men come to face imminent death due to disease, and Song resolves to take Chakko to his hometown in order to clear his name before it is too late. After escaping from the center, Song and Chakko battle it out in the streets. The young policemen who gather round are puzzled by the bizarre fight between two hopelessly geriatric men. They are unable to understand Song's explanation that Chakko is an escaped North Korean guerilla, and merely stand watching. Despondent, Song takes Chakko and boards a train to his hometown. In the train, Chakko looks back on his life with regret and, leaning against Song, draws his last breath. 

Here are some descriptions of the movie: 

Title: Mismatched Nose

Genre: Drama

Director: Im Kwon-taek

Starring: Kim Hee-Ra, Choi Yun-Seok, Bang Hee, Kim Jeong-Ran, Park Ae-Na 

Run Time: 110 Minutes 

Year Release: 1980 

Language: Korean

Subtitles: English

Admission: FREE!


Haechi Hall in Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center (5th Floor M Plaza in Myeong-dong)

Event Schedule - SATURDAY, May 3rd, 2014

Important Notes

1)If you get lost or can't find the place,  call Barry at[masked] and he will come meet you at exit 6 Myeong-dong station. For comments and/or suggestions, please email [masked]

2) Please turn off your cell phone/beeper when movie starts.

3) Be considerate to other members & organizers

- Hallyuwood Film Club Team

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  • Tsengel L.

    Bonjour. je suis studiente de film&TV.

    1 · May 2

  • H. Y.

    Couldn't go. Sorry. Busy and lazy. Probably next time. :)

    1 · May 3

    • Barry W.

      Sorry you couldn't make it. Hopefully see you next time.

      May 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I couldn't go. . I will join next time. . ;)

    1 · May 3

    • Barry W.

      Hope to see you at the next screening.

      1 · May 6

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