News of next Thursday’s screening at the KCC. A Korean film expert at Cambridge tells me: “Daytime Drinking is very good. A young person’s film that even old geezers can appreciate, I found.”
Film title: Daytime Drinking, 116mins
Director: Noh Young-seok
Cast: Song Sam-dong
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, The Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, The Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Time: Thursday, 11th March, 7:00pm
Before this film screening, guests will be invited to enjoy Soju Korean vodka tasting and light snacks.
Hyuk-Jin has just broken up with his girlfriend and decides to take a trip to Jeongseon in the province of Gangwon-do. The next day, his friends are too hung over to get up, so Hyuk-Jin makes his way to his destination alone. A trip of opportunity takes a cruel and unexpected turn as misunderstanding and crossed paths occur over and over again.
“Daytime Drinking” is proof that a good script and simpatico direction and performances can overcome budgetary restrictions. An ultra-Korean tale, anchored by the social courtesies of soju consumption, is a mildly black comedy of escalating misadventures that should speak to audiences worldwide.
Some of the movie’s humour trades on the niceties of South Korea’s drinking culture (which, unlike in the West, always involves food as well) and of accepting beverages out of politeness. But the film is never about drinking itself, or its pernicious side effects.
The script’s humour reflects the grim, gray wintery locations, and has much fun with the locals’ gruff social attitudes – way different from those in Seoul, which seems light years away.
Booking is required, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7004 2600
Admission is free.