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Screen writer Park Hoon-jung the first focus of the KCC’s 2014 film programme

Having focused on actors and directors in their screenings in the last two years, the KCC this year shifts to looking at other members of the production team – music directors, cinematographers, production designers and the like.

Park Hoon-jung

Appropriately, in the run-up to the London Book Fair in April, the first profession to get the spotlight is the screen writer. The KCC has chosen to feature Park Hoon-jung, whose writing credits are The Unjust (Ryu Seung-wan, 2010) and I Saw the Devil (Kim Ji-woon, 2010). Writer-director credits are The Showdown (2011) and Shinsegae (2013). All four films will be shown as part of this season, and we kick off on February 13th with I Saw the Devil. It’s not a film I’m particularly fond of, but maybe it’s worth a rewatch focusing on the script itself rather than Kim Ji-woon’s treatment of it and the big name actors’ performances.

The Unjust was an enjoyable conclusion to the Ryu Seung-wan retrospective at the London Korean Film Festival 2011, while Shinsegae, which I missed at last year’s BFI London Film Festival, will definitely be in my diary. But I’m most looking forward to his directorial debut The Showdown (set in roughly the same period as Kim Han-min’s War of the Arrows) which never made many headlines when it was first released.

Booking for I Saw the Devil on 13 February is now open.

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