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Forwarded by Jeremy Butler.  For more information, contact Kyung Hyun Kim
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>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
>
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