June’s screenings at the KCC are HaHaHa, one of Hong Sang-soo’s most approachable films (LKL review here), and Singles, a film which Anthony Leong describes as “a breezy concoction brimming with wit and charisma that entertains without relying on dumbed down comedy or exaggerated theatrics.” A good month then.
Reservations as usual via the KCC website.
Directed by Hong Sang-soo, 2010, Cert 18, 116 mins.
Cast: Kim Sang-kyung, Moon So-ri, Yu Jun-sang, Yea Ji-won, Kim Kang-woo.
16 Jun 2016 7:00 pm
With introduction by LFF programmer Kate Taylor
Filmmaker Cho Moon-kyung (Kim Sang-kyung) plans to leave Seoul to live in Canada. Some days before his departure, he meets with his close friend Bang Jung-shik (Yu Jun-sang) at a nearby mountain to drink makgeolli (a Korean traditional alcoholic beverage made from rice). After a few rounds, they discover that they both recently have been to the small seaside town of Tongyeong; as the drinks flow they agree to reveal their stories from their trips on the condition that they only speak about “good” memories. Not realising that they were in the same place, at the same time, with the same people, without ever running into each other Moon-kyung and Jung-shik’s reminiscence of the hot summer in Tongyeong unfolds… This idiosyncratic, humourous 10th feature by Hong Sang-soo won the Prix Un Certain Regard in 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Kwon Chil-in, 2003, 110 mins
Cast: Uhm Jung-hwa, Jang Jin-yeong, Lee Beom-soo, Kim Joo-hyeok
30 Jun 2016 7:00 pm
With introduction by Paul Quinn of Hangul Celluloid.
One of the highest-grossing films from the early 2000s, this film Singles, based on the Japanese novel Christmas at Twenty-nine, is a delightful comedy drama revolving around two young single women’s friendship. Na-nan (Jang Jin-young), soon to turn 30, is at a crossroads in her life. She has been dumped by her boyfriend then got relocated to a restaurant division from the design department of her work. With her best friend Dong-mi (Uhm Jung-hwa)’s support, Na-nan manages to adjust to her new dull job and single life. Dong-mi is a successful working woman with liberal ideas about life and sex. Dong-mi, despite her tough persona faces a series of complicated life and relationship decisions, decisions that mean her friendship with Na-nan will become more crucial…