Both star Song Kang-ho, both are by director Bong Joon-ho, who debuted in 2000 with the amazing Barking Dogs Never Bite.
On 9 October, there’s the film which provided koreanfilm.org.uk with its masthead, one of the few films which I have spontaneously applauded at the end: Memories of Murder (2003), based on a true story:
1986, Kyonggi Province. A young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. A couple of months later, several other rapes and murders occur under similar circumstances. In a country that has never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial killer grow louder. A special task force is set up in the area. A local detective, PARK Doo-man, is joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case, SEO Tae-yoon. Finding the killer grows more and more difficult, however, driving the detectives to ever greater despair.
Slightly less fact-based is Bong’s 2006 hit The Host, to be screened on 23 October:
Gang-du is a dim-witted man working at his father’s tiny snack bar near the Han River. One day, Gang-du’s one and only daughter Hyun-seo comes back from school irritated. She is angry at her uncle, Nam-il, who visited her school as her guardian shamelessly drunk. Ignoring her father’s excuses for Nam-il, Hyun-seo is soon engrossed in her aunt Nam-joo’s archery tournament on TV. Meanwhile, outside of the snack bar, people are fascinated by an unidentified object hanging onto a bridge. In an instant, the object reveals itself as a terrifying creature turning the riverbank into a gruesome sea of blood… Amid the chaos, Hyun-seo is helplessly snatched up by the creature right before Gang-du’s eyes. These unforeseen circumstances render the government powerless to act. But receiving a call of help from Hyun-seo, the once-ordinary citizen Gang-du and his family are thrust into a battle with the monster to rescue their beloved Hyun-seo.
If you haven’t seen it already, you should go along.
As with other events at the KCC, pre-registration is necessary