London Korean Film Festival: One on One


Kim Ki-duk’s latest film, his 20th to date, opens with the grisly murder of a high school girl. The senseless death of the girl sparks a feeling of unease in the South Korean people. The violent act forces a small number of citizens to join together as a vigilante group, calling themselves The Shadows. Everyone involved in the girl’s death are quickly hunted down, tortured and forced to sign confessions.

A far more conventional affair for Kim Ki-duk, One On One is the winner of the Venice Days Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival this year. A revenge film shot within two weeks sees longtime Korean actor Ma Dong-seok (The Unjust) step out of co-star shadows and into the spotlight as the film’s lead.

One on One is a film Kim Ki-duk created out of the wish to express certain emotions and thoughts about contemporary Korean society where he sees corruption being considered an ability rather than a negative force. Loosely based on a real event the director looked to comment on, as he puts it, the “state of indigestion” people feel on witnessing the countless traumatic events happening daily. Kim Ki-duk wanted to ask himself and his audience “Who am I?” and what role each of us plays in stopping these terrible things.

Introduction by Anton Bitel

Please book tickets online!

Date: Sunday 9th November 17:00
Venue: London Odeon West End

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