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KOREAN CULTURAL SERVICE NY and ASIA SOCIETY announce Korean Movie Night New York’s Summer Edition

     

Screenings at
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City
Free Admission



The Korean Cultural Service and Asia Society are proud to co-present the third series of Korean Movie Night New York (KMN), which will run from Tuesday, June 16 to August 25, 2015 at Asia Society’s Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium. Free admission for all screenings.

Summer is the time for popcorn fueled blockbuster entertainment, so our Summer Edition presents an assortment of Korea’s recent box office champs, including rom-coms My Love My Bride (remake of LEE Myung-se's 1990 classic film of the same name) and Marriage Blue, nostalgic music drama C'est Si Bon, stylish romantic thriller Scarlet Innocence from director YIM Pil-sung (Hansel and Gretel), comedy-drama Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, directed by and starring Korea's top star HA jung-woo, and Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island, a sequel to the popular 2011 period-action-comedy Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow, featuring new adventures of a bumbling detective in the 18th century Korea.

Korean Movie Night New York is an ongoing, approximately twice-a-month film program that introduces the full spectrum of contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, from popular blockbusters, independent films, and documentaries to animation and family movies. The series is co-presented by Korean Cultural Service NY and Asia Society.

For information on the series, visit www.koreanculture.org or www.asiasociety.org/korean-movie-night or Facebook.com/KoreanMovieNY. All screenings take place at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City. All events are free admission, first come, first served. For information, call 212-517-2742.

For stills, please contact Elaine Merguerian at 212-327-9313 / elainem@asiasociety.org or Jean Jo (212) 759-9550 (ext. 207) / jjo@Koreanculture.org.

Summer Special edition schedule (June-August, 2015):

East Coast Premiere
My Love My Bride
(나의사랑 나의신부 Na-ae-sarang Na-ae-sin-boo)

Directed by LIM Charn-sang
Starring: JO Jung-suk, SHIN Min-a
2014 | South Korea | 111 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30 PM

My Love My Bride is a remake of the hit 1990 romantic comedy of the same name, which won over audiences more than two decades ago with its refreshingly realistic portrayal of love and marriage. The roles made famous by PARK Joong-hoon and the late CHOI Jin-sil are now taken by JO Jung-suk (The Face Reader) and SHIN Min-a (The Naked Kitchen). They portray idealistic college sweethearts who take on challenges in a young marriage. This rom-com is a hit in South Korea with box office attendance surpassing 2 million.



East Coast Premiere
Marriage Blue
(결혼전야 Gye-ron-jeon-ya)

Directed by HONG Ji-young
Starring: KIM Kang-woo, KIM Hyo-jin, LEE Yeon-hee, OK Taec Yeon, MA Dong-suk, KO Joon-hee, JU Ji-hoon
2013 | South Korea | 118 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 6:30 PM

This ensemble romantic comedy follows four couples as they all get cold feet in the run-up to their weddings. A minor-league baseball team coach, Tae-kyu (KIM Kang-woo), is set to marry his girlfriend Joo-young (KIM Hyo-jin), a successful urologist. When he finds out that she is a divorcee, he starts to feel jealous of her ex-husband. Florist Gun-ho (MA Dong-seok) is about to marry Uzbek beauty Vika (Guzal Tursunova) but after a bout of impotency, he begins to suspect that Vika is using him for Korean citizenship. Dae-bok (LEE Hee-joon) proposes to Yi-ra (KOH Joon-hee) when she reveals she is pregnant but they keep arguing during the planning of the wedding. So-mi (LEE Yeon-hee) and Won-cheol (OK Taec -yeon) have been engaged for 7 years but So-mi feels dissatisfied and runs off to Jeju Island for an unexpected adventure. Will any of these couples make it down the aisle and live happily ever after? 



C'est Si Bon
(쎄시봉 Sae-si-bong)

Directed by KIM Hyun-suk
Starring: KIM Yun-seok, JUNG Woo, HAN Hyo-joo, KIM Hee-ae
2015 | South Korea | 119 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30 PM

It is 1960s Seoul. OH Geun-tae (JUNG Woo), a country boy with a booming baritone voice, is discovered by aspiring singer-songwriter Lee Jang-hui and thrust into the bustling world of Seoul’s iconic folk music café C’est Si Bon. He unwittingly becomes the third member of the yet-to-debut “C’est Si Bon Trio” and the begrudging buffer between two rivals in the band—the vocal genius Song Chang-sik and the heartthrob Yun Hyeong-ju. One day, aspiring actress Min Ja-young (HAN Hyo-joo) enters the picture and the young men are completely bewitched. Will their muse inspire them to create legendary music or wreck the band before they even begin?

“This reassessment of the golden years of South Korea’s Western-style folk music scene follows a trio of musicians through the turbulent era... Realistically showcasing the interior of C'est Si Bon, with its devoted coterie of youthful, enthusiastic music fans and rotating roster of idolized performers” – Hollywood Reporter



New York Premiere
Scarlet Innocence
(마담 뺑덕 Ma-dam Ppaeng-deok)

Directed by YIM Pil-sung
Starring: JUNG Woo-sung, LEE Som
2014 | South Korea | 112 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 6:30 PM

This startling romantic thriller soaked in lust and revenge is the latest offering from YIM Pil-sung, director of the 2007 horror Hansel and Gretel. Heartthrob JUNG Woo-sung (Cold Eyes and The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and emerging star LEE Som set the screen on fire in a cautionary tale of desire and punishment. College professor Hak-kyu (JUNG Woo-sung) abandons his young student lover Deokee (LEE Som) after a torrid affair. Eight years later, as he is losing his eyesight, the professor befriends a young neighbor who turns out to be Deokee, who has returned and is hell-bent on revenge. “Sporting a pair of terrific turns from Jung Woo-sung and LEE Som in a story that stealthily sidles through genres, Scarlet Innocence is a stylish neo film noir with a distinct Korean flavor” – Toronto International Film Festival



Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island
(조선명탐정: 사라진 놉의 딸 Jo-sun-myoung-tam-jeong Nob-ae-tal)

Directed by KIM Sok-yun
Starring: KIM Myung-min, OH Dal-soo, LEE Yeon-hee
2015 | South Korea | 125 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015, 6:30 PM

A sequel to Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow, this entertaining period-action-comedy set in the 18th century continues the adventures of detective KIM Min (KIM Myung-min), the brilliant nobleman and inventor. Our hero has been assigned to investigate the influx of counterfeit silver, which threatens to destabilize the Joseon dynasty. He goes undercover in a rural village with his sidekick Seo-pil (OH Dal-soo). They encounter the adorable Da-hae, who is searching for her missing sister. No sooner than that, corpses of village girls wash up ashore. All leads point to the mysterious and devilish Dragon King Island. What will he find there?



New York Premiere
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
(허삼관매혈기 Heo-sam-kwan-mae-hyeol-gi)

Directed by HA Jung-woo
Starring: HA Jung-woo, HA Ji-won
2015 | South Korea | 124 min | DCP | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, 6:30 PM

HA Jung-woo, one of Korea’s biggest stars, directs and acts in this understated period comedy-drama, based on the best-selling novel of the same title by the Chinese writer Yu Hua. Just after the Korean War, a factory worker (HA Jung-woo) falls for the most beautiful girl in his village (HA Ji-won). Penniless, he sells his blood to fund the courtship and before long they are married. Eleven years later, the couple have three sons and live a comfortable life. One day, their lives are upended when a blood test reveals that their eldest boy is not the worker's son.



About Korean Movie Night New York
Korean Movie Night New York (KMN) is 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 Service NY
Inaugurated in 1979, the Korean Cultural Service New York (KCSNY) 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, KCSNY works to promote cultural arts exchange and stimulate interest in Korean culture through various opportunities. KCSNY provides diverse activities including exhibitions, concerts, film festivals, and educational programs. KCSNY is located at 460 Park Avenue (at 57th Street), New York City. www.koreanculture.org.

Asia Society
Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational institution. Through exhibitions and public programs, Asia Society provides a forum for the issues and viewpoints reflected in both traditional and contemporary Asian art, and in Asia today. Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City. www.AsiaSociety.org

Korean Cultural Center New York

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