Screening: Kim Ki-young’s The Soil

by Events Editor on 8 March, 2018 updated 14 April, 2018

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This year the KCC’s first film screenings are adaptations of Korean novels. We start the season with Kim Ki-young’s adaptation of Yi Kwang-su’s 1932 novel 흙, variously known as The Soil, Earth or Peasants.

Kim Ki-young: The Soil (흙 – 1978)

Cast: Lee Hwa-si, Kim Jeong-cheol, Yeom Bok-soon, Nam Sung-hoon
Thu 29 March 2018, 19:00 – 21:30
Free admission | Register via EventBrite

The Soil

Heo Sung, the son of a revered revolutionary leader is rescued from a life of rural poverty in order to study Law in Seoul. Passing the bar exam, the young man rises to become head of the household he once served when he marries the homeowner’s fickle daughter, Jeong-son. Typical of director Kim Ki-young’s female characters, Jeong-son is shown as being both stubborn and neurotic, yet also progressive with an attitude utterly unique in Korean cinema of the time. When Heo Sung returns to the village of his youth and finds the poor farmers suffering abuse at the hands of the Japanese occupiers, the ideological young lawyer commits to staying in the village to help. This neglect angers a wife already unhappy at being married to a ‘yokel’ and the increasingly bitter relationship threatens to destroy both their lives.

With The Soil idiosyncratic auteur Kim Ki-young (The Housemaid, 1960), tackles an adaptation of a novel from Yi Kwang-su, who is celebrated as the author of the first Korean modern novel. Yi’s works have frequently been the subject of adaptations, with this effort from 1978 being the third version of the 1932 novel to be brought to screen.

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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