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Korean Film Festival DC 2010

Korean Film Festival DC 2010

Here are details and video clips related to some of the movies during this year's festival.

My Dear Enemy:

April 9 - 7pm - Smithsonian event details

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.

More information: http://www.hancinema....

Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells
Sunday, April 18, 2 pm

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.

More information:

Dream[/b (비몽 - Bi-mong)
Friday, April 23, 7 pm

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

My Friend and His Wife
Sunday, April 25, 2 pm
2008 - running time 1:51

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.

More information:

Sunday, May 2, 2 pm

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

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
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 (

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.

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