“My Korean Cinema suggests the beginnings of an important curatorial project; one of its goals is to make a host of great, but little-seen films live again by intoning their names and highlighting choice scenes. But … film feels private and deeply eccentric, like a diary flung open for all to see.” – Variety
In honour of the 40th anniversary of the Korean Film Archive, a program of films by filmmaker, author, screenwriter, academic and eight-time Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards International Nominations Council, Professor Hong-Joon Kim, screens as a companion to Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid.
Two or Three Things We Know about Kim Ki-young is a documentary tribute to the great Korean auteur Kim Ki-young (The Housemaid), whose unique style and idiosyncrasy made his films hallmarks of the first Golden Age of Korean films in the 1960s. Two or Three Things… is a study of Kim’s masterful cinematic influence and features interviews with 22 high-profile Korean directors, with Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho among them.
With the singular vision of a master connoisseur of filmmaking craft, Hong-Joon Kim takes the audience on his journey of personal understanding and reflection in the first three episodes of My Korean Cinema, an ongoing video essay project with infinite possible chapters.
Episode One, My Chungmu-Ro, is Kim’s personal memories and reflections on the place once described as the “Hollywood of Korea”. The second episode, For The March of Fools, sees Kim’s reflections on the 1975 classic by the late Ha Kil-Jong, and the record if its mutilation by censorship and unfinished restoration. The third episode, Smoking Women, is a searing and incisive study of Korean gender politics through images of women smoking in Korean films of the 1950s and 60s.
Professor Hong-Joon Kim will be in attendance.