KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER NY announces a new film series
"Korean Movie Night New York: Premiere Showcase"


Screenings at
IFC Center(323 Ave of the Americas, New York City)

Korean Cultural Center NY, a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea, is proud to announce a new film series to launch Korean Movie Night New York: Premiere Showcase - special screening of the freshest Korean blockbuster films.

Since its inception in 2010, Korean Movie Night New York presented regular, twice a month screenings that introduce a full spectrum of contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, including popular blockbusters, independent films, documentaries, animation, and children’s films. This year it is redesigned as premiere event of the latest blockbuster films.

Over the past 6 years, new Korean films have been receiving regular limited U.S. theatrical releases, mostly through self-distribution efforts of Korean film companies, including at the AMC theaters in New York and New Jersey, shortly after their debuts at the Korean box office.

The intent of the Premiere Showcase is to provide audiences and film critics with a special preview screenings of the latest Korean hits, in advance of their U.S. releases.

“It has been truly wonderful to see how Korean Movie Night New York has grown over the years, expanding the audience for Korean cinema in New York City and beyond. With the Premiere Showcase, we hope to give Korean film fans a unique opportunity to be among the first to see the latest blockbusters, right after they are being released in Korea,” says OH Seung-je, Director of Korean Cultural Center in New York.

The series’ first film is PHANTOM DETECTIVE, the latest genre effort from director JO Sung-hee, a talented independent filmmaker (post-apocalyptic mystery horror END OF ANIMAL (2010), and Cannes prize-winning short DON’T STEP PUT OF THE HOUSE (2008)), who made a successful transition to commercial filmmaking with period-set fantasy melodrama A WAREWOLF BOY (2010), which earned him Best New Director award at Paeksang Arts Awards in Korea.

The screening will take place at IFC Center, 323 Ave of the Americas. All events are free admission, first come, first served. For information, call (212) 924 7771 For stills, please contact Jean Jo (212) 759 9550 (ext. 207) or jjo@Koreanculture.org, for screeners and film inquiries, please contact film curator Kyungmi Kim (646) 925 6149 or kyungmi007@gmail.com

Schedule for Premiere Showcase series follows.


East Coast Premiere
(탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을 tam-jeong hong-gil-dong: sa-ra-jin ma-eul)

Directed by JO Sung-hee
Starring: LEE Je-hoon, KIM Sung-kyun, PARK Geun-hyung, GO A-ra
2016 | 125 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 PM

Inspired by the folk tale “The Story of Hong Gil-dong” (a Korean equivalent of Robin Hood), PHANTOM DETECTIVE is a stylish neo-noir thriller set in the unspecified past. Private investigator Hong Gil-dong (LEE Je-hoon, ARCHITECTURE 101, BLEAK NIGHT) has one goal in life: to find the one-eyed man who murdered his mother and exact revenge on him. It’s been 20 years since he witnessed the murder, and he finally has the culprit’s name: Kim Byung-duk. When he tracks him down to a hut in the countryside, instead of Byung-duk, Gil-dong finds Byung-duk’s two young granddaughters, who will become his unlikeliest sidekicks. As Gil-dong continues his pursuit, he will discover the truth behind his mother’s death and uncover a vast conspiracy.

Teaser Trailer:

PHANTOM DETECTIVE will be released in the U.S. on May 20. It was released in South Korea on May 4.

About Korean Movie Night New York
Korean Movie Night New York (KMN) is redesigned as "Korean Movie Night New York: Premiere Showcase" It was a continuing series of bi-weekly film screenings that introduces the full spectrum of both contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, from popular blockbusters, independent films, and documentaries, to animation and family movies. Every year, the KMN program consists of 6 thematic series. KMN was launched in 2010 as a successor to Korean Cine Forum, an earlier film screening series that was organized by the Korean Cultural Service in 1996. Keep up with the latest news at: www.Facebook.com/KoreanMovieNY.

Korean Cultural Center NY

Inaugurated in 1979, the Korean Cultural Center New York (previous the Korean Cultural Service New York/KCCNY) is a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea. Under the authority of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York, KCCNY works to promote cultural arts exchange and stimulate interest in Korean culture through various opportunities. KCCNY provides diverse activities including exhibitions, concerts, film festivals, and educational programs. KCCNY is located at 460 Park Avenue (at 57th Street), New York City. www.koreanculture.org.