Forwarded by Jeremy Butler. For more information, contact Kyung Hyun Kim <[log in to unmask]> >Post-Colonial Classics of Korean Cinema >A Film Festival > >University of California, Irvine > > >The University of California, Irvine (UCI) will host a landmark Korean >film festival, "Post-Colonial Classics of Korean Cinema," spanning from >November 1997 to April 1998. The film festival will highlight twenty >classic films from Korea, exposing not only the new works by exciting >young directors, but also re-tracking films from the Golden Age of the >Korean cinema from the 1950s and the 1960s that are rarely seen outside >Korea. Focusing on a national cinema whose treasures have received far >less sustained international recognition than it deserves, the festival >will present a unique opportunity to enhance the public profile of Korean >cinema, and to properly contextualize its history within the scope of >international film history.=20 > > >An introductory kick-off event of Post-Colonial Classics of Korean Cinema >will be held on <bold>November 12th, 1997</bold> with the screening of ><bold>Green Fish</bold> (Ch'orok Mulkoki) at <bold>8pm</bold> in the >newly constructed film theater at UCI, <bold>100 Humanities Instructional >Building</bold>. The US premiere of this new internationally acclaimed >film will be followed by a <bold>special appearance by Chang-dong >Lee</bold>, the award-winning director of Green Fish and the screenwriter >for many recent films including <bold>To the Starry Island</bold> (1994) >and <bold>A Single Spark </bold>(1996). Green Fish was awarded the >DRAGONS & TIGERS prize in the 1997 Vancouver International Film Festival, >earning the recognition for the best picture by new Asian director. The >box office will open on 7pm, and the tickets are $6.00 for the general >public and $4.00 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. =20 > > >The film selections range from the silent period to the present stage, >representing some of the most distinctive voices and images that have >been featured in Korean cinema. Some of the films included in the >festival have never been screened outside Korea, with most titles >screened for the first time here in the United States. Many classic >films including <italic>Mandala</italic> (1981) have been restored and/or >newly printed with English subtitles especially for this film festival >and will be publicly screened for the first time. The festival will >celebrate the works of many exceptional filmmakers including Shin >Sang-Ok, Kim Ki-young, Yi Chang-ho, Park Kwang-su, Hong Sang-su, and Byun >Young-ju. Directors, Shin Sang-Ok, Park Kwang-su, Hong Sang-su, and Byun >Young-ju are scheduled to appear during the film festival, discussing not >only their films, but the history and the politics of filmmaking in the >arena of Korean cinema as well. Also, a silent film, <italic>The Public >Prosecutor and the Teacher</italic>, will be accompanied by the last >living film narrator (<italic>pyonsa/benshi</italic>), Shin Chul. The >festival will close with a conference on April, 3rd, 1998 with critics, >film scholars, and filmmakers from all over the world discussing Korean >cinema. > > >This festival will recognize both the cinema of Korea, which is one of >the most emergent national cinemas in the 1990s, and the golden past of >the 1960s that are rarely recognized nor exposed in the international >film circuit. This festival will further generate interests in the >vibrant Korean American community as well as the general audiences of >Southern California area who actively engage Asian culture and >aesthetics, facilitating even more exchange between the cultures of the >Pacific Rim. The festival will also provide a first step towards >building and institutionalizing the Korean Film Archive at UCI. UCI is >presently making a strong commitment in developing an academic >environment for learning cinemas and cultures of East Asia. =20 > > >Co-directed by Professors Chungmoo Choi at UCI and Soyoung Kim at the >Korean National University of Arts, the festival is hosted by the >Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Film Studies Program, >and Film & Video Center at UCI. The festival is co-sponsored by the >Korean National Film Archives (NFA), and the School of Film and >Multimedia of the Korean National University of Arts. The festival >acknowledges the generous assistance from Hyundai Motor America and the >Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles.=20 > > >For further information and verification, please call (714) 824-2227. =20 > > > >Synopsis of <bold>Green Fish</bold> (1997, Lee Chang-dong, 111 minutes, >color, 35mm) > >A young man, Makdong, returns from his military duties to find that much >has changed in his hometown, Ilsan, which has become a satellite city of >Seoul. Realizing that all four siblings have left home, Makdong also >decides to pursue his dream in the city. Yet, in the city, intense >industrialization has induced radical changes in social moral codes, and >Makdong can only seek his dream through his mob connections. Directed by >Lee Chang-Dong (Yi Ch'ang-dong) who has scripted the last two films >directed by Park Kwang-su (To the Starry Island and A Single Spark), the >film extends the realist filmmaking tradition in Korean cinema. =20 > > > >Postcolonial Classics of Korean Cinema film lineup > >October 22, 1997 > >(subject to change) > > >11/12 Green Fish (1997, Yi Ch'ang-dong, 111 minutes, color, 35mm) > >1/24 Killer Butterfly (1978, Kim Ki-y=F4ng, 110 minutes, color, 35mm) > > The Housemaid (1960, Kim Ki-y=F4ng, 90 minutes, b&w, 35mm) > >1/30 Opening Gala: The Public Prosecutor and the Teacher (1948, Yun >Tae- ryong, silent with live narration) > >1/31 The Barefoot Youth (1964, Kim Ki-t=F4k, b&w, 35mm) > > Our Twisted Hero (1992, Pak Chong-w=F4n, 138 minutes, color, 35mm) > >2/7 The Free Woman (1956, Han Hy=F4ng-mo, 125 minutes, b&w, 35mm) > > The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996, Hong Sang-su, color, 35mm) > >2/14 The Stray Bullet (1961, Yu Hy=F4n-mok, 106 minutes, b&w, 35mm) > > A Single Spark (1996, Pak Kwang-su, color, 35mm) > >2/21 The Coachman (1961, Kang Tae-chin, 95 minutes, b&w, 35mm) > > Fools' Declaration (1983, Yi Chang-ho, color, 90 minutes) > >2/28 Home Is Where the Heart Is (1948, Yun Yong-kyu, 74 minutes)=09 > > Mandala (1981, Im Kwon-t'aek, 115 minutes, color, 35mm) > >3/7 The Widow (1955, Pak Nam-ok, 74 minutes, b&w, 16mm) > > The Murmuring (1995, Pyon Y=F4ng-ju, color, 16mm)/Habitual Sadness (1997, >Pyon Y=F4ng-ju, 70 minutes, color, 35mm) =09 > >3/14 The Mist (1967, Kim Su-yong, b&w, 35mm) > > The Road to Sampo (1975, Yi Man-h=FBi, 99 minutes, color, 35mm) > >4/3 Conference: (The Force of Kangwondo, scheduled to be completed in > December 1997, Hong Sang-su) > > >To be scheduled: The Houseguest and My Mother (1961, Sin Sang-ok, 103 =20 > minutes, b&w, 35mm) > > Sopyonje (1993, Im Kwon-t'aek, 113 minutes, color, 35mm) > > >All screenings in 100 Humanities Instructional Building, University of >California, Irvine. For ticket information, call (714) 824-7418. All >films Korean with English subtitles. =20 > ---- Jeremy Butler [log in to unmask] ScreenSite http://www.tcf.ua.edu/ScreenSite Telecommunication & Film/University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.