The Year of the Film Professionals turns to focus on music director Jo Young-wook / Cho Young-wuk, who according to Hancinema has a pretty impressive roster of films to his credit. Here’s the schedule for the quarter. Registration as always is required via the KCCUK website.
The Contact (접속)
Director: Jang Yoon-hyun (1997)
Cast: Han Seok-gyu, Jeon Do-yeon
Thursday 10 July 7pm. 106min / Cert.15
Dong-hyun, a radio DJ, has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Lovelorn and scorned his mood is lifted when he receives a copy of a Velvet Underground LP thinking that it is a gift from his ex. Since it holds a special meaning for his demised relationship, he plays Pale Blue Eyes from the record. Meanwhile, listening on the radio, Soo-hyun, a home shopping telemarketer, becomes mesmerized by the song.
A Dirty Carnival (비열한 거리)
Director: Yoo Ha (2006)
Cast: Jo In-seong, Kim Won-jin, Chun Ho-jin, Lee Bo-young
Thursday 24 July 7pm. 141min / Cert.18
A poor, small-time gangster, Byung-doo, barely supports his family off the meagre pay from his boss Sang-chul. To get the big payday that he needs, he takes a job, in secret, from the head of his gangster family, to kill a bothersome Public Attorney. Successful, Byung-doo starts to live the high life until more secret and violent jobs are left for him to undertake, leaving a deepening emotional impact on his family and self.
The Concubine (후궁: 제왕의 첩)
Director: Kim Dae-sueng (2012)
Cast: Jo Yeo-jeong, Kim Dong-wook, Kim Min-jun
Thursday 14 August 7pm. 122min / Cert.18
Living a poverty stricken life, a father looks to save his daughter; Hwa-yeon, by offering her as a concubine to the King. Once inside the palace grounds, Hwa-yeon captures the love and lust of two men, Grand Prince Seong-won and a commoner; Kwon-yoo. The love triangle begins to turn sinister when the Queen mother involves herself as she attempts to overthrow the childless King.
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (범죄와의 전쟁: 나쁜놈들 전성시대)
Director: Yoon Jong-bin (2012)
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong
Thursday 28 August 7pm. 133min / Cert.18
On the verge of losing his job, a corrupt customs agent, Ik-hyun, finds the motherland of drug stashes. Looking to take advantage of his find, Ik-hyun is put in contact with Busan’s top gangster, Hyung-bae. The two quickly form a close bond over a sense of a loose familial tie. Reaching the top of the crime mountain, cracks begin to show between the two, thanks to the greediness of Ik-bae.
Director: Kang Woo-suk (2011)
Cast: Jung Jae-young, Yoo Sun
Thursday 11 September 7pm. 144mins / Cert. 15
Sang-nam is a hot-tempered pro Baseball player who is sent to the countryside to coach a group of hearing impaired players after his most recent embarrassing run in with the press. At first he can’t imagine how to teach the team but he soon sees that they have real potential and looks to take them to the nationals. The more time he stays with the team, the more he begins to bond with them, particularly with the team’s manager, Ms Na.
Oldboy (올드보이) + Q&A
Director: Park Chan-wook (2003)
Cast: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
Thursday 25 September 7pm. 120min / Cert.18
Oh Dae-su is an average businessman, but after celebrating his daughter’s birthday he finds himself kidnapped and held captive with no explanation. One morning he awakes to find himself set free, fifteen years have passed and the world has changed. He finds his wife has been murdered with him in the frame and his daughter adopted and taken out of the country. Seeking revenge, Oh Dae-su, with the help of a strange woman, Mido, looks to hunt down and kill those responsible.