Lee Man-hee’s classic film “A Day Off” (1969) will be screening as part of the London Korean Film Festival this year, with a talk by Dr Mark Morris. A Day Off is part of the Lee Man-hee DVD box set which might be in your to-watch pile. This is your opportunity to see it.
The screening and talk is on 11 November at the KCC at 7:30pm. Book your place via firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is a Sunday in late winter. Church bells ring as Huh-wook sets off to meet his sweetheart Jee-yun. Huh-wook, who cannot afford to start a family goes off to meet his friends to get money for an abortion for Jee-yun who is carrying his baby, but ends up stealing from a friend when all his friends refuse to lend him money. The doctor recommends an abortion for Jee-yun because she is ill. Huh-wook leaves the hospital and has a drink, then visits a bar and a roadside bar with a woman he meets in a salon. Completely intoxicated, Huh-wook makes love to her in a construction site but comes to his senses at the sound of church bells ringing and runs back to the hospital. He arrives to discover that Jee-yun has died during the surgery and goes to tell her father, only to be turned away at the doorstep. Then the friend whose money he had stolen catches him and beats him up. Blood streaming down his face, he runs down the dark streets and reminisces about the happy times he had had with Jee-yun
A Day Off, aka Holiday (휴일) Dir. Lee Man-hee, South Korea, 1969, 110mins
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.