August’s screenings at the KCC include two of LKL’s favourites: Save the Green Planet – one of our top 10 films of the noughties – and No. 3, an early gangster comedy with early appearances from a couple of big stars.
Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!)
Director: Jang Joon-hwan, 2003, 118 mins
Cast: Shin Ha-kyun, Baek Yoon-sik
11 Aug 16 7:00 pm
The feature debut by director Jang Joon-hwan mixes elements of multiple genres such as comedy, science fiction, thriller and horror. The main character, Lee Byeong-gu (Shin Ha-kyun) is a beekeeper and mannequin maker, somewhat an ordinary young man. He, however, firmly believes that all of Earth’s social ills are the evil doings of aliens; unless he can meet the prince from Andromeda before the next total lunar eclipse by acquiring the “royal genetic code”, the planet will be in great danger. Byeong-gu suspects that Kang Man-shik (Baek Yoon-sik), the CEO of Yoojae Chemical Company, is an alien who has come to destroy the planet and has the code. So with his girlfriend Sun-i (Hwang Jeong-min), Byeong-gu kidnaps Man-shik and forces him to reveal the information using extreme interrogation techniques. However Man-shik doesn’t give up so easily… Can Byung-gu save the planet?
No. 3 (넘버 3)
Director: Song Neung-han, 1997, 108 mins
Cash: Han Suk-gyu, Choi Min-sik, Lee Mi-yeon
25 Aug 16 7:00 pm
One of the earliest “Jo-pok comedy” films, jo-pok refers to Korean gangsters, this picture takes a light-hearted look at Korea’s underworld whilst offering a critique of 1990s Korea during its period of rapid economic growth. Lower-class people feel left behind by Korea’s newly found prosperity, where seemingly only the privileged can succeed, and with this backdrop we meet a series of characters on the edge of society, each with their own ambitions and dreams for success.
Tae-ju (Han Seok-kyu) a small-time wandering gangster of the Do-GangFamily rises to become the Number Three in the family organisation. 5 years later, Number Three Tae-Ju and Number Two Jae-chul (Park Sang-myeon) are assigned with the important task of acquiring the Peace Hotel, a duty which turns them into rivals. All the while, renowned prosecutor Ma Dong-tak (Choi Min-sik) is increasingly becoming an obstacle to Tae-ju and his associates. Whilst taking on the law, Tae-ju not only finds out about his wife’s infidelity but also has to deal with a rival gang’s brutal attack…