Archive: Spring 2005
Visions from the South
Director E J-yong will appear in person for both presentations
In addition to these screening, a workshop entitled
Trajectories of Korean Cinema Studies
will take place on Thursday, April 21 from 2:30 to 6pm in HIB 135.
Thursday Apr 21 • 7 pm
Special Tribute to Professor Akira Mizuta Lippit (FMS)
Based on the Choderlos de Laclos’ novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Untold Scandal takes place at the end of the Chosun Dynasty in aristocratic 18th-century Korea. Temptress Lady Cho (Lee Mi-Suk) asks her younger cousin, Jo-won (Bae Yong-Jun), to deflower the innocent ingenue Soh-ok (Lee So-Yeon). But his attentions soon shift to the graceful and aloof Lady Sook (Jeon Do-Yeaon) who lives according to her convictions as a Catholic. Jo-won becomes obsessed with seducing Lady Sook, a chaste widow who has remained celibate for the nine years since her husband's death. However, difficulties arise when Korea’s most notorious playboy sets out to conquer the most virtuous woman in the land.
2003, South Korea • 124 mins. • 35mm • In Korean with English subtitles • Directed by E J-yong
Friday Apr 22 • 7pm
Asako in Ruby Shoes
Special Thanks to Cinema Service
The name Asako is derived from a well-known story in Korea in which the writer remembers a Japanese woman with whom he had fallen in love during the Japanese colonial period. The film features a love story between an office clerk in Seoul who accidentally finds the girl of his dreams, Asako, on a Japanese Internet porno site. Asako is actually Aya, a young woman who feels no hope for the future and no affection for her family. The Internet, pornography, and the clash between a wish to escape and the quiet melancholy of the everyday all serve as a backdrop for this portrait of two young people living in two different spaces (Korea and Japan).
2000, South Korea • 117 mins. • 35mm • In Korean/Japanese with English subtitles • Directed by E J-yong
Born in 1965, Director E J-yong studied at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. He first earned notoriety in the Korean film industry when his short film Homo Videocus won the best film prize at the Claremont-Ferrand Film Festival, a premier showcase for short films. In 1998 he made his feature debut with An Affair (Chongsa). Two of his films, An Affair and Untold Scandal, still rank among the most commercially successful films of Korea over the last 10 years.
Co-presented with the Harvard Film Archive and co-sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles