Event news: Baek Seung-hwa’s Queen of Walking is the 3rd LKFF Teaser

by Philip Gowman on 30 April, 2017

in Event Notices, Film

The LKFF Teasers this year are showing the wide range of film genres in contemporary Korean cinema. This month, a comedy.

Queen of Walking (걷기왕)

Director: Baek Seung-Hwa
Cast: Shim Eun-Kyung, Park Joo-Hee
2016, 93 mins
7pm, Monday 22 May, Regent Street Cinema | Book here

Queen of Walking

Hailed as one of the funniest Korean comedies of the year, Queen of Walking sees motion-sickness afflicted student Man-bok (Shim Eun-kyung, Miss Granny) join her school’s ‘race walking’ team, developing a passion for the sport and a zest for life. With the aid of a passionate homeroom teacher, the national competition is soon on the horizon, but how will bus-averse Man-bok make the 70km journey to the race…?

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Philip Gowman May 24, 2017 at 8:05 am

It was a harmless way to spend an hour and a half, and quite funny in parts. The most interesting thing about the film was the trick it played on you: it set itself up to be a feelgood sporting movie, but then decided to stick to being a mild comedy about friendship and the uncertainties and pressures of growing up. I loved the idea of the student whose burning ambition in life was to be … a government employee. As this Yonhap review says, the film’s message is: “It’s OK to be you.”

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