Zo In-seong, Chun Ho-jin, Min Nam-koong
Part of the Korean Noir: Illuminating the Dark Side of Society Season
A fictional South Korean filmmaker taps the illicit life of a childhood friend for a successful gangster movie, and faces the consequences. The story of a low-level debt-collector who, faced with lack of funds and a sick mother, opportunistically murders his way up the greasy pole, the lead is played by Zo In-seong, one of Korea’s leading actors, who brings real conviction to the role.
Both domestically fraught and epicly blazing in equal measure, it covers ground from land-development corruption to the protagonist’s fragile courtship of a girl who works in a bookshop and hates his gangster lifestyle. This is the story of a desperate man trying and failing to understand himself. Like the karaoke that dots the narrative, he is always singing someone else’s song.
The screening will be introduced by Dr Youngmi Kim (University of Edinburgh)
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