Director Im Kwon-Taek Retrospective: Pursuit of Death (Jakko)

Date: Oct 22, 2012 6:30 PM / Oct 27, 2012 8:45 PM
Venue: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, The South Bank Centre, London

Year: 1980
Production Country: South Korea
Directed by: Im Kwon-Taek
Featuring: Kim Hee-Ra / Choi Yoon-Suk / Bang Hee
Running time: 103min

Two old adversaries meet by chance in a rehab centre (a workhouse-prison, really) and realise that the conflict which has dominated their lives since the Korean War has run out of road. Both men are in ruins. One is a former cop, the other a former communist guerrilla; the flashbacks to their sad backstories show Im’s skill in anchoring the currents of modern Korean history in wrenching emotional drama.

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