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Choi Min-sik season: A Quiet Family screens at the KCC

After seeing how unoriginal Kim Ji-woon can be when presented with someone else’s script (did ANYONE think that I saw the Devil was worth two hours of your life?), it’s a relief to be reminded that when he writes his own stuff he’s on sparkling form. This Thursday sees the start of a Choi Min-sik season at the KCC with A Quiet Family (1998), a dark comedy and Kim Ji-woon’s debut feature. Coincidentally, we have Choi to blame for I saw the Devil – it was he who was presented with the script as a potential come-back vehicle and who approached Kim Ji-woon to make the film. And thus was so much money and time frittered away.

Quiet Family

Back to Quiet Family. The original’s good, but for sheet unadulterated wackiness Takashi Miike’s remake of it is a pure joy: The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) has been described as The Sound of Music – with zombies. It’s seriously worth tracking down.

Quiet FamilyA Quiet Family

7pm, Thursday 25th November

Director: Kim Ji-woon
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Song Kang-ho
Genre: Drama / comedy
Certificate: 15 (South Korea)
Running Time: 99 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 Film
After the father’s dismissal from his company, a family decides to open a mountain lodge in the suburbs of Seoul. Although they initially expect a rush of lodgers, the mansion is empty for days. As a result, the family becomes nervous. At last, the first guest appears two weeks after their opening.

Source: KMDB

We hope you will join us for this night, the first in our ‘Korean Stardome: Choi Min-sik’ theme running from November into December. To reserve your place please rsvp to [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7004 2600. Admission is free.

Please be advised that visitors cannot be admitted after 7.10pm.

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One thought on “Choi Min-sik season: A Quiet Family screens at the KCC

    • J-Min Ahn: One of my favourites!
    • Aashish Gadhvi: Foul King is still probably my favourite film of his!
    • Aashish Gadhvi: To be honest it’s only Kim’s last 2 films which were a disappointment. His record up until then was pretty spectacular. Tale of Two Sisters and Bittersweet Life in particular are master pieces.
    • Martin Cleary: I love both ‘A Quiet Family’ and ‘The Foul King’ and always think of them as a separate part of his filmography as he took a change in approach with ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’. I enjoyed ‘I Saw The Devil’ to a point but would choose ‘A Quiet Family’ over it any day – if only to see Choi Min-sik and Song Kang-ho unintentionally scaring the crap out a young couple by chasing them with tools in their hands..

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