Unemployed Hee-soo (Jeon Do-youn) tracks down her ex-boyfriend Byoung-woon to get him to repay a debt in this deadpan romantic comedy from director Lee Yoon-ki (Ad Lib Night; This Charming Girl).
Wind Echoing in My Being Sunday, April 11, 2 pm
In this portrait of an artist as a young man, a loner living in an attic records his dreams of strange places and childhood memories in a book he hopes to publish one day—until a visit to his old hometown causes him to question whether this effort is worthwhile after all. Jeon’s first feature was selected for the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Korean Film Award in the Wide Angle section of the 1997 Pusan International Film Festival. (New York Times listing)
With a Girl of Black Soil Friday, April 16, 7 pm
In person: Jeon Soo-il, director
In a small mining village in Kangwon province, nine-year-old Young-lim lives a financially limited but cozy life with her father, a miner, and her mentally challenged brother. Their happiness is interrupted when her father loses his job after a mining incident. Jeon’s most acclaimed film—it won awards at the Venice, Pusan, Deauville, and Barcelona film festivals, among others.
Time Between Dog and Wolf Saturday, April 17, 2 pm 2005 (a K-drama series by the same name was filmed in 2007)
In person: Jeon Soo-il, director (전수일)
Titled after a French phrase denoting a time of night so dark that details disappear in front of one’s eyes, and set in an eerie, snowbound landscape, this film effectively conveys the uncanny feeling of being lost amid once-familiar surroundings. After leading a bleak, financially difficult urban existence, a filmmaker returns to his hometown after a twenty-five-year absence, where he meets a woman.
Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells Sunday, April 18, 2 pm 2009
In person: Jeon Soo-il, director (전수일)
While visiting his brother’s factory, recently divorced Choi (Oldboy star Choi Min-sik) agrees on the spur of the moment to travel to Nepal and deliver the ashes of a deceased worker to his homeland. After meeting the worker’s impoverished family, Choi finds it difficult to break the news to them or return to his former life. Jeon’s images of the Himalayas are as powerful as the drama unfolding within them.
Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (circa 369 BCE–circa 286 BCE) once dreamed he was a butterfly. When he woke up, Zhuangzi famously posed the question of whether he was dreaming of the butterfly—or if the butterfly was dreaming of him. Korean cinema’s resident provocateur Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron; The Isle) creates a contemporary variation:
Jin wakes up from a dream in which he causes a traffic accident, to find that this accident really took place. The police suspect a woman, Ran, though she denies any involvement as she was asleep the whole time. Jin and Ran determine that while Jin dreams, Ran acts out those dreams in her sleep.
Cast (via Wikipedia):
* Joe Odagiri (Japanese actor)... Jin * Lee Na-young ... Ran * Park Ji-ah ... Jin's former lover * Kim Tae-hyeon ... Ran's former lover * Lee Joo-seok ... Traffic police officer * Han Gi-joong ... Violent crimes police officer * Lee Ho-yeong ... Crime scene police officer * Kim Min-su ... Crime scene police officer * Chang Mi-hee ... A doctor
Variety film critic Derek Elley calls Shin Dong-il’s film “superbly honed at every level, with dialogue, performances, and direction meshing in a seamless, apparently effortless flow.” It tells the story of two old friends—one a single, ambitious businessman; the other a humble, married chef—whose lives are turned upside down by marital infidelity and personal tragedy. Shin’s film blends great acting, unexpected twists.
Lee Myung-se was inspired to make this psychodrama by a dream he had in which Alfred Hitchcock handed him a book titled M. Employing the hyperkinetic style that distinguished his previous films Nowhere to Hide and Duellist, Lee turns M into a study of rich, saturated colors and bright light alternating with inky darkness. These dazzling visuals function as projections of the feverish mind of a creatively blocked writer who starts seeing visions.
Rough Cut Friday, May 7, 7 pm
Written by Kim Ki-duk, Jang Hun’s action-packed film provides a fresh twist on the gangster movie genre. After severely beating his co-star during a filmed fight scene, movie star Soo-ta offers the role to Gang-pae, an actual gangster and aspiring thespian. Gang-pae accepts, but with one condition: the fights in the movie must be real. Their tumultuous love-hate relationship teaches both men about the limits of friendship.
For Eternal Hearts 2007
Sunday, May 9, 2 pm
Love transcends death in this “weird and wonderful” (Derek Elley, Variety) romantic fantasy about a college student whose crush keeps appearing to him even after she commits suicide. Told in flashbacks stretching from the student protests of the turbulent 1970s to the classroom of eager students where the hero now teaches, Hwang Qu-duck’s film hinges on a startling plot twist that throws perceptions of what is real and what is fantasy.
Korean Film Festival DC 2010 Special Event: The Gwangju Uprising Twenty Years Later Saturday, May 15, 2 pm and Sunday, May 16, 2 pm
This program is cosponsored by the U.S.–Korea Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (www.uskoreainstitute.org).
This weekend of screenings and talks explores the legacy of the Gwangju uprising, a pivotal moment in South Korea’s pro-democracy movement, that occurred on May 18, 1980.
Hello! This successful international culture group in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia (& Korea!), founded in 2006, has over 2,200 members. We will celebrate our 9th anniversary later in 2015!
Join a group that includes its own stars... our members! And yes, we do have stars at some of our events... sometimes announced, sometimes...not.
...you are joining the largest Korean-focused meetup in the USA,
and the 3rd-largest in the world.
We've been featured in newspapers, radio, and on Korean TV.
Thanks for stopping by!
And also join up... we are open to members who fit into our group, and respect our group's community.
What is being a member of our group like? It is wonderful and more. We focus on quality events, sharing food, language, and more. Many members are actively learning Korean - and English - and we welcome help from native speakers. 도와주시겠어요? Native Korean language speakers welcome.
It is easy to join in and enjoy your experiences with our group. Most of our events are "in English" and do not require Korean language ability. ESL (English-as-a-Second Language) learners are welcome here.
Our older 2012 video is packed with years of fun meetup activities...
...the video needs to be 3 times longer to fit it all of what we've done together! Check out the highlights from Tamara Kim farther down on this page.
Join this group if you are interested in learning Korean, or if you are Korean and want to share the culture & language with others (& perhaps enjoy English conversation). Meet with others in the area who are also interested in aspects of Korean culture, music, language, & food. All levels of proficiency are welcome! Our members share their own cultures... American, Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, others), European (French, Spanish, others), African, Middle Eastern, and some day even Antarctican ;-) !
The meetups are fun events, and many friendships continue to be formed every month. This group gets together to explore & share lots of common interests, & help learn as well. The group is open to adult members from anywhere, and has meetings in the Washington DC Metro Area (North, South, East, West). The members can attend, and also volunteer to help organize events and other activities... a non-profit community-powered group.
Here's our friend & group member Tamara Kim's concert highlights
We have expanded resources on our Meetup Group Pages:
Note: Activities of this group include cultural and related discussion, and sometimes networking and some marketing, yet it is not a group for network marketing (MLM). Marketing can be fine, and ask first before posting if you have any questions, especially if the products or services are not ones you actually make or provide personally. Marketing a business you own or are starting as the owner can occur during normal flow of event discussions and conversations, via comments about the capabilities offered by the business that are related to this group.
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If you are interested in promoting your Korean-related organization or any business, let us know (don't spam the members). If we don't get back to you right away, try again. And the video below is from one of our many free Korean cooking meetup events:
Korean Waves ™ in 2012 & 2013 went GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) in DC, VA, & MD! The Korean cultural sensation - Korean singer Psy - and now international star inspired many of us with his hit song (oppan) Gangnam Style. In 2014 we continued to grow to over 2,000 members, and over 1,000 events. We hope 2015 will be a continued year of growth of the exchange and understanding of Korean culture in the USA.
We often have karaoke (noraebang) events to get the chance to sing like (or with) the stars. Join us and attend the kind of events you like.