Film Countries Archives: South Korea

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Concrete Utopia

  Um Tae-hwa

  South Korea     130 minutes

Synopsis

A massive earthquake has reduced Seoul to a battered post-apocalyptic snarl of twisted metal and collapsed rubble — except for one building, the Hwang Gung Apartments, the last vestige of civilization as far as the eye can see. Together with the rest of the building’s tenants, young couple Min-seong (Parasite’s Park Seo-jun) and Myeong-hwa (Park Bo-young) must work together to restore order and plan for their survival, which turn out to be just the beginning of their troubles.

South Korea’s official submission for next year’s Oscars and a box-office smash in its home country, Concrete Utopia is a rollicking disaster epic that deftly mixes intimate psychological tensions with action-packed set pieces. Not unlike other recent South Korean hits, it’s a skillful combination of violence, thrills, and acerbic social commentary about authority, community, and the fine line that exists between heroes and villains, civility and savagery.

 Korean with subtitles

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  •   Byun Seung-min
  •   Lee Shin-jin, Um Tae-hwa
  •   Han Mee-yeon
  •   Cho Hyoung-rae
  •   Lee Byung-hun, Park Seo-jun, Park Bo-young
  •   Kim Hae-won
  •   Choi Byung-Hwan
  •   Cimax Studio

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Our Midnight A-wo Mi-deu-na-it

  Lim Jung-eun

  South Korea      2020    

Synopsis

Caught between pursuing his passion and settling for a “real” job, struggling actor Jihoon takes up a gig patrolling the streets of Seoul at night. A serendipitous meeting with Eunyoung, a kindred spirit also facing a personal crisis, turns into a reflective, intimate stroll through the city’s twilight hours. Beautiful black-and-white photography creates a stunning portrait of the city by night that is also a poetic meditation on love and life.

 Korean with subtitles 
  77 minutes

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The Book of Fish Jasan-eobo

  Joon-ik Lee

  South Korea      2021    

Synopsis

1801. When a new king ascends the throne, scholar Jeong Yak-Jeon is exiled to a remote island for incorporating Christianity into his Confucian teachings. There, he becomes fascinated with the awesome variety of sea creatures caught by the island’s fishermen and, with one local’s help, authors an encyclopedia of the underwater world. Based on Jeong’s life and Book of Fish, the film is a sweeping account of 19th century Korea and a tender portrait of an unlikely friendship.

 Korean with subtitles 
  126 minutes

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Post-Screening Discussion

In-person post-screening discussion with Professor Ji-Yeon Yuh, Northwestern University.

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Baseball Girl

  Yun Tae Choi

  South Korea      2019    

Synopsis

Soo-in, Korea’s top female baseball player, can pitch with the best of them. Dreaming of becoming the first woman to join a professional club in Korea, she enlists her coach as her personal trainer. When her fastball fails to hit pro-level speeds, the two develop a new strategy. In the face of skepticism and seemingly insurmountable odds, Soo-in strives to make history with her strikeouts.

 Korean with subtitles 
  105 minutes

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