Korean Film Series 2005
November 1, 9, 15
All screenings at the Wang Center Theater. Co-sponsored with the Department of Korean Studies. Admission is free.
A Moment to Remember
In this heartwrenching Korean romantic drama, Su-jin (Son Yeh Jin) first meets Chol-su (Jung Woo Sung) at the convenience store and again when he is sent over to do some carpenter's work for her company's showroom. Their romance develops slowly. Su-jin is recovering from a failed romance with a married man. Chol-su was abandoned as a child and has lived his life alienated and alone. Su-jin is the first to fall in love, and asks Chol-su to get married. Soon Su-jin begins to become increasingly forgetful and learns that she has a rare form of early-onset dementia. As her memory deteriorates, Su-jin begins to lose her connection to Chol-su and her loved ones, and Chol-su learns what it really means to love. (Directed by John H. Lee, 2004)
Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater
Marathon (Running Boy)
Based on a true story, Marathon is about an autistic young man who, with the support of his mother, becomes a notable distance runner despite his intellectual handicap. Marathon honestly and poignantly depicts the hardships experienced by autistic people and their families.This is a powerful story conveying disability and the lack of tolerance society has for people who are different and how strong bonds overcome these obstacles. Co-sponsored with the Center for Korean Studies and the Korean Cultural Service of New York. (Written & directed by Jeong Yun-Cheol, 2004).
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m., Wang Center Theater
A dazzling action movie from South Korea, Shiri follows two South Korean government agents, Ryu and Lee, as they pursue a female super-assassin from North Korea. Meanwhile, an elite paramilitary squad from North Korea has stolen a shipment of CTX, an undetectable liquid explosive of enormous power, which they've planted all over the city of Seoul. As their investigations are successively foiled, Ryu and Lee begin to suspect that there is a mole within the ranks of the agency–and it may be one of them. Both hyperstylish and hyperrealistic, Shiri is a smooth fusion of Hong Kong and American action movies. Ryu's troubled romance with his alcoholic fiancée adds a striking emotional counterpoint to the blazing gunfights and high-speed chases; the ending is unexpectedly moving. (Written and directed by Je-Gyu Kang, 1999)
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater