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.
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.
A 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@example.com or call 020 7004 2600 to reserve your place. Admission is free.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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