The third of the KCCUK’s teaser screenings for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival is on 4 August at the Regent Street Cinema. Its star Hwang Jung-min told audiences at last year’s film festival that Himalaya had been the most exhausting film he had worked on. Find out why by watching it.
The Himalayas (히말라야)
Director: Lee Seok-hoon, 2015, 124 mins
Cast: Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo, Cho Seong-ha
Regent Street Cinema, 4 August, 7:30pm
£8 | Book tickets
London Korean Film Festival 2016 Teaser Screening
with introduction from Dr. Anton Bitel
Based on true events, legendary mountaineer Um Hong-gil (Hwang Jung-min) sets out on a mission to retrieve the body of compatriot, Park Moon-taek (Jung Woo) from the slopes of Everest. In the 22 years since Um first scaled the Himalayas in 1985, he has completed some of the world’s most challenging climbs, and many with his friend, the junior mountaineer Park. In 2005, after Um’s retirement, Park Moo-taek lost his life in an accident shortly after beginning their descent from the peak of Everest. Confronting this tragic news, Um Hong-gil forms a team to recover Park’s body, which led a historically unprecedented expedition to the Death Zone, 8,750m above sea level.
Actor Hwang Jung-min who portrays Um Hong-gil explained, “I wanted Um Hong-gil to come across as a figure who himself has the weight of a mountain. I tried hard to faithfully depict his magnanimity and resolve as a team leader.” Speaking of the character of Park Moo-taek, actor Jung Woo commented, “Park has a pure-hearted love of the mountain, and he exhibits a fierce determination, even a willingness to offer his life in the pursuit of his dreams.”
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.