Can’t get enough classic Korean film now the festival has ended? Try this at the Barbican:
The Hand of Fate
+ Introduction by Hyun Jin Cho
Dir: Han Hyeong-mo (1954, 85 min)
Tuesday 19 Nov 2019, 6:30pm
Barbican Cinema 3 | Beech Street | London EC2Y 8DS | Book tickets
Made one year after the end of the Korean war, this entertaining thriller explores the romance between a spy and a poor student.
Margaret, a spy, passes secret messages to the North Korean army, using music score sheets to encrypt the classified information. She shows an interest in a poor, young South Korean student – are her feelings purely romantic, or does she plan to recruit him?
The Hand of Fate blends several genres – film noir, romance, thriller – to create a hugely enjoyable movie which acts as an invaluable time capsule of early-1950s South Korea. It was the first Korean film to feature an on-screen kiss and boasts a strong role for Yoon In-ja as the duplicitous heroine.
We’re pleased to welcome Hyun Jin Cho, curator at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, to introduce the screening.