The 13th Annual New York Korean Festival showcases Korea doing what it does best: the crime thriller, the romantic fantasy, and feverous erotica. The peninsula’s filmmakers bend genre cinema to a uniquely Korean pulse and purpose, making the modestly sized country’s national film industry the most vibrant in East Asia. The thrilling complications of love and crime steal the show in this year’s line up, as partnerships go south and fickle passions lead to betrayal. Resistance fighters navigate the intrigue of colonial-era Korea, love affairs are smothered as quickly as they are kindled, and hard-boiled cops dig at the ugly truth in a collection of both massive blockbusters and favorites from the international festival circuit, with five New York premieres.
The Korea Society has invited an exceptional group of Korean guests, including star director Ryoo Seung-Wan and producers Kang Hye-jung and Park Jung (Veteran); directors Shin Suwon (Madonna), Lee Do-yun (Confession), Kang Hyo-jin (Wonderful Nightmare), Oh Seung-uk (The Shameless), and Hong Won-chan (Office); and actress Koh Ah-Sung.
A program of The Korea Society, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Subway Cinema.
Major support provided by the Korea Foundation.