Any cinephiles in the NY metro area? Check out some FREE (yes, free) Korean films, courtesty of the Korean Cultural Service at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops). It runs from September 6, 2011 to October 31, 2011 ever other Tuesday at 7PM.
Since it this event is free, that means seating is first-come, first served. The doors will open at 6:30PM.
Titled Hidden Gems of Korean Cinema, this film series will present amazing films that the critics love but never really made it out of Korea. The Korean Cultural Service aims to correct that, by presenting these films from 2010 and 2011 to a bigger audience. This is the fourth in the Hidden Gems of Korean Cinema series.
BLEAK NIGHT (2011)
September 6 @ 7pm
The Hollywood Reporter heralds director Yoon Sung-Hyun as one of the best new Korean filmmakers and director Bong Joon-Ho (THE HOST) calls his first movie 'astonishing.' Yoon's award-winning BLEAK NIGHT was the talk of the Rotterdam Film Festival and 2011's indie break-out film in Korea, and it's easy to see why. Leaping back and forth through time, the movie follows a grieving father as he tries to solve the mystery of his teenaged son's suicide. Suffused with sadness, it's one of the toughest movies about high school friendship ever made.
END OF ANIMAL (2011)
The first feature film from Jo Sung-Hee, whose horrifying DON'T GO OUT OF THE HOUSE! electrified film festival audiences, END OF ANIMAL is an apocalyptic flick that worms its way under your skin and then totally creeps you out. Pregnant Soon-Young is in a cab on her way to her mom's house when a white flash causes every electrical device in Korea to fail. Night is coming, and she's trapped in the middle of nowhere as end-of-the-world fever turns all humans into nothing more than beasts.
October 31 @ 7pm
Kang Woo-Suk has made more blockbusters than any other Korean director (PUBLIC ENEMY, SILMIDO, HANBANDO) and this movie, stuffed with stars, was yet another massive critical and commercial hit for him. A disgraced cop travels to the remote village where his estranged father has just died of 'natural causes' and rapidly uncovers a conspiracy that reaches back decades and encompasses hundreds of people. An epic thriller, this unrelenting flick grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go.
Anyone seen any of these movies? If anyone is planning on going, let me know what you think of these films.
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