With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, November 16, 2008

ACF 176: La Vie En Rose @ The Korea Society

La Vie En Rose 장미빛 인생
Director: Kim Hong-joon
Cast: Choi Myeong-gil, Choi Jae-seong, Cha Gwang-su
South Korea, 1994, 93 minutes

The next film in The Korea Society's Classic Movie Night will be Kim Hong-joon's La Vie En Rose. It will be shown this Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 6:30 PM.

The Film:
Three fugitives from the law find an unlikely hideout at a 24/7 comic book (manhwa) rental shop run by a beautiful woman known only as “Madam” (Choi Myeong-gil).

One of them is the owner’s half-brother Jee-ho (Cha Gwang-su), a labor activist; the second is Dong-pal (Choi Jae-sung), a bottom-of-the-heap gangster; the third man is Yu-jin (Lee Ji-hyung), a penniless, mild-mannered poet.

As days and nights go by, an intricate web of erratic relationships forms among the guests, against the background of a bleak, blue-collar district of Seoul in the 1980s.

The Director:
Director Kim Hong-joon is a professor at the Korean National University of Arts and the director of the Chungmuro International Film Festival. After working as an assistant to veteran director Im Kwon-Taek, Kim Hong-joon moved on to establish himself as a leading figure in Korean film culture.

In addition to his provocative film work (Jungle Story and La Vie En Rose), he has programmed film festivals: from 2001 to 2005, he directed the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

From 2000 to 2005, he was a consultant to KOFIC (Korean Film Council), served as head of the Korean Film Commission, and became a recognizable television personality, introducing classic Korean films as host (and co-writer) of the television series Korean Classical Cinema Special, which served as the basis for My Korean Cinema.

He is also the author of I, a Filmmaker: Kim Hong-Joon’s Film Notes, and Two or Three Things You Want to Know About Movies.

Screening Information:
La Vie En Rose will be screened at The Korea Society in midtown Manhattan, 950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor.

[Note that this film contains scenes of violence and sex that may disturb some viewers. ]

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