Back in October 2008, a creative Korean traditional music group called Baramgot, led by composer-musician Won Il, gave a sparsely attended concert at St Giles Church Cripplegate. It was their first UK performance, and no-one knew quite what to expect. They blew us all away with their haunting, atmospheric music, and the concert was one of LKL’s events of the year 2008.
Last year, the inaugural Korean Literature in Translation Essay prize chose Ch’oe Yun’s There a Petal Silently Falls as its subject. Not an easy text, but a significant one, with the Kwangju uprising of 1980 as its immediate backdrop.
Lovers of Korean Film will be regular visitors to Darcy Paquet’s authoritative site, koreanfilm.org. And for us, Jang Sun-woo’s A Petal holds a special place – because the little girl who is the central figure in the film used to be seen in the website’s masthead. The image has almost become a symbol of post 1990 Korean Cinema.
Pulling it all together, Jang Sun-woo’s A Petal, based on Ch’oe Yun’s novel, and with a soundtrack by Won Il, is screening tomorrow at the KCC. Be there.
Here’s the usual press release.
THE 51ST KOREAN FILM NIGHT at the Korean Cultural Centre UK
7pm, Thursday 5th 2010
Director: Jang Sun-woo
Cast: Lee Jung-hyun
Certificate: 18 (South Korea)
Running Time: 100 mins
The Korean Cultural Centre UK Ground Floor, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
Booking is required, please email [email protected] or call 020 7004 2600 to reserve your place. Admission is free.
The setting is May, 1980 during the Kwangju up-rising. Years late, A girl calls a construction site worker “Jang” and follows him everywhere. Jang knows that the girl has experienced something horrible. The girl never talks and always has a far-off gaze. Her mind seems to be torn into pieces which frustrates Jang…
While watching A Petal play close attention to the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack composed by the multi award winning Won Il. Best known for his powerful and moving scores for films such as Spring in my Hometown and Hwang Jin Yi he is also globally recognised for his band, Baramgot, who will be playing at the Thames Festival and Southbank centre later this summer.
We hope you will join us for this night, the first in our ‘Jang Sun-woo Variations’ theme running throughout August. To reserve your place please rsvp to i[email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7004 2600. Admission is free.
Please be advised that visitors cannot be admitted after 7.10pm.
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.