Film Discussion Lunch - The Korean New Wave (1999 - today)

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type. For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre.

This month we'll be looking at (mostly South) Korea, a country that's been putting out a number of remarkable films lately.  Films from this "Korean New Wave" have this amazing ability to move across many styles and genres (such as 2006's "The Host" - the best Family Drama/Political Satire/Monster Movie ever made).  We'll be talking over a range of unique films the country has to offer, from the dark and difficult to the gentle and serene.

Noted Directors and Films:
(a *** marks a film with extreme content - sensitive viewers be careful with these!)

Bong Joon-Ho:

  • "Memories of Murder" (2003) ***
  • "The Host" (2006)"
  • "Mother" (2009)

Hong Sang-Soo:

  • "Turning Gate"  (2002)
  • "Night and Day"  (2008)
  • "The Day He Arrives" (2011)

Park Chan-Wook:

  • "Joint Security Area" (2000)
  • "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002) ***
  • "Oldboy" (2003) ***

Kim Ki-Duk:

  • "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring"  (2003)
  • "3-Iron"  (2004)
  • "Time"  (2006) ***

Lee Chang-Dong:

  • "Secret Sunshine"  (2007)
  • "Poetry"  (2010)

Other Notable Films:

  • "Nowhere to Hide" (1999)
  • "Peppermint Candy" (1999) ***
  • "Chunhyang" (2000)
  • "Failan" (2001)
  • "Save the Green Planet" (2003) ***
  • "The President’s Last Bang" (2005)  ***
  • "Castaway on the Moon" (2009)
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" (2008)
  • "I Saw the Devil" (2010) ***
  • "The Servant" (2010)

And finally, a notable entry from North Korea:"Pulgasari" - a Communist-themed monster movie created when Kim Jon-il kidnapped its (South Korean) director and forced him to make it!

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  • Al

    Here were the favorite Korean films from the Meetup members:

    Al: "Nowhere To Hide"
    Peter: "Peppermint Candy", "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird"
    Julie: "The Host", "Mother", "The Chaser"
    Armando: "Poetry"
    Jimmy: "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring"
    Brad: "Poetry", "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird"
    Tina: "Night and Day"
    Elizabeth: "Poetry", "Mother"

    May 1, 2013

  • Al

    Amazing Meetup looking at the variety of unique films Korea had to offer, and leading to discussion on Korean histrory, philosophy, and comparisons with other film and culture in the region.

    Thanks Tina for the suggestion of this meetup topic and the contribution of film selections!

    April 29, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      Han, the uniquely Korean collective cultural despair, also referenced this week in Anthony Bourdain's excellent Parts Unknown CNN program about LA's Koreatown...

      April 26, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      on the Korean hallyu-wave (renaissance in pop culture) of recent years

      April 26, 2013

    • Jimmy O.

      general backgrounder on Korean cinema

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be available to make this one, y'all. Another time.

    April 22, 2013

  • Tina

    If anyone is curious, these two movie blogs are by westerners living in South Korea. The newer stuff they review isn't available here, but plenty of the older stuff is.

    April 14, 2013

  • Tina

    Of course I'll be there!

    April 13, 2013

  • Marty B.

    Very busy now. Am trying to make time to see S. Korean films and make meetup. I liked last time.

    April 12, 2013

  • Pat R.

    sorry. So perhaps I can make it then. Yes, I'll know closer to that time. It's an interesting topic.

    April 12, 2013

  • Pat R.

    I would love to do this, but have not seen the films. I have to work this Sunday at the Korean art studio where I teach English. Is there any chance of another meeting for this topic?

    April 11, 2013

    • Al

      This Sunday? The Meetup is three Sundays from now. Unfortunately, we're set in the near future for Meetups of several other film topics. However, periodically we have General Film Brunches where all discussion of film is up for grabs - talking your favorite Korean films then would be more than welcome!

      April 12, 2013

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