Korean Film Nights Amplified – a monthly series of pre-screening talks

What a good idea. Once a month the KCC’s film screening will be preceded by a topical talk. The new series starts on 26 Feb with Kang Woo-suk’s Two Cops. The talk itself, given by Jinhee Choi (author of South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmaker Global Provocateur), starts at 7pm, and the screening starts after the talk. Normal booking procedures apply.

Kang Woo-suk and South Korean Local Comedy of the 1990s

The 1990s, as seen in recent Korean popular TV series, Reply 1997 (Eungdaphara 1997; TvN July-September 2012) and its spinoff Reply 1994 (Eungdaphara 1994; TvN October-December 2013), is an era of nostalgia for Korean audiences. It is indeed a rich decade of then new popular culture during which idol boy bands and sports stars gained super-fandom as well as the South Korean film industry saw the emergence of new trends of local comedy. In this mini-lecture, Dr. Jinhee Choi (Senior Lecturer, Film Studies, King’s College London) will examine the significance of the Two Cops series (dir. Kang Woo-suk, 1993-8) within the context of local culture and film industry, and discuss various cycles of romantic comedy such as My Love My Bride (1990), which was re-made in 2014 starring Jo Jeong-seok and Shin Min-a, Marriage Story (1992) and the gangster comedy No. 3 (1997).

Two cops

Dr. Jinhee Choi is senior lecturer of film studies at King’s College London. She is the author of South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmaker Global Provocateur (2010) and the co-editor of Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures (2006), Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries of Asian Cinema (2009), and Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice and Spectatorship (2014). She is currently editing a volume on Japanese director Ozu Yasujiro (Oxford University Press).

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