Special Film Screenings: The 60th Commemoration of the Korean War

Date: 10/06/2010, 17/06/2010, 24/06/2010
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, Greater London WC2N 5BW

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be offering 3 film screenings through June. After Bae Hyoung-jun’s Once Upon a Time in Seoul on the 10th of June, we will be showing Kim Ki-duk’s Address Unknown on the 17th June, and Yu Hyun-mok’s Rainy Days on the 24th June. Each film depicts war and its aftermath from a distinct perspective. There will be accompanying events related to the Korean War as well, see below for details.
Once Upon a Time in Seoul (2008) describes the Korean War orphans’ struggle for survival in the devastation that was post-war Korea. Address Unknown (2001) by Kim Ki-duk is a story about the suffering and deviance of children in the 1970s’ whose mothers were Korean and fathers had been American soldiers. There will also be a guided tour of the new exhibition: “Present from the Past” for the first 30 guests to the screening of Address Unknown.
The final film, Rainy Season will be screened on the 24th June. The director, Yu Hyun-mok’s films have had a lasting legacy on Korean cinema from his use of realism to his approach to modernisation. Rainy Season illustrates a wounded family which reflects the circumstances of Korea in the mid-1950s’ dichotomised by the ideological confrontation that the war presented. There will be a food tasting event followed by a brief talk by a veteran from the British Korean Veterans Association prior to the screening.

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