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Films & Schedules - SOUTH KOREA

THE DAY HE ARRIVES

Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE DAY HE ARRIVES

DIRECTOR: Hong Sang-Soo - SOUTH KOREA

Sungjoon, a film professor, arrives to visit an old filmmaker friend in wintry Seoul and encounters various acquaintances and strangers. Over the next several days, the same rendezvous occur with different results—is he living a repetitive life or re-living the same day again and again? Like the intoxicated reveries of his aimless characters, Hong’s storytelling transforms casual, everyday occurrences into a mysterious meditation on human behavior. Mixing romantic allure and cool detachment, Hong’s ability to capture ordinary characters doing ordinary things—wandering, drinking, conversing—within a fascinating narrative structure of repetitions and parallels, makes for a signature narrative style. “A clever and...

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THE FRONT LINE

Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE FRONT LINE

DIRECTOR: Jang Hun - SOUTH KOREA

The Front Line offers a classically hellish picture of frontline warfare but turns several of the clichés of war movies inside out. Most of the film is set on one (fictional) hill which has been captured and recaptured by both sides during the Korean War, with considerable loss of life each time. A young officer sent to investigate a possible spy and what looks like a sinister case of ‘friendly fire’ has surprises awaiting him, including a reunion with an old friend believed to be dead, run-ins with a crack North Korean sniper, rife indiscipline and insubordination, and a surprising...

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INVASION OF THE ALIEN BIKINI

Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 11:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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INVASION OF THE ALIEN BIKINI

DIRECTOR: Young-doo Oh - SOUTH KOREA

Young-Gun is a lonely man who spends his nights protecting the innocent as a self-appointed crime fighter and general tidier-upper of the streets. “Disguised” in a raincoat and bad fake mustache, one night he saves a strange, beautiful woman named Monica being harassed by a gang of hoodlums. Shaken up, Monica comes back to his apartment with him, where he soon discovers that she is an extraterrestrial on a very special mission. Unfortunately, it turns out to be in serious conflict with Young-Gun’s strict vow of chastity. Featuring kung fu fights, a gorgeous babe with tentacles, and an extremely erotic...

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