With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Monday, November 16, 2009

ACF 416: 3 episodes of KBS TV's "Korean Ghost Stories" at The Korea Society

Korean Ghost Stories
Classic Korean TV Series Comes to the U.S.

Thursday, November 19 and Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue @ 57th Street, 8th Floor
(Building entrance on SW corner of 3rd Ave. and 57th St.)

Since 1977, KBS’ television series Korean Ghost Stories (a.k.a. Hometown of Legend) has thrilled Korean audiences with spooky tales of the supernatural. Join the members of The Korea Society as we screen three hour-long episodes of this perennial Korean favorite on Thursday, November 19, and Thursday, December 17.

Often drawn from ancient folklore, these tales of tortured ghosts and supernatural curses have a uniquely Korean flavor, as women, forced by Confucian culture into subservient roles, return from the dead to take revenge on the men who caused them misery. The tales also touch on Korean attitudes towards justice, suggesting that the duty of the powerful to protect the powerless transcends even the grave.

Screening Schedule:

Series Introduction by Prof. Heinz Insu Fenkl and screening of Nine-Tailed Fox
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 6:30 PM

Author, mythology scholar, and director of the Interstitial Studies Institute at SUNY New Paltz, Professor Heinz Insu Fenkl will introduce Korean Ghost Stories with a talk on the show’s important connections to Korean folklore and culture.

The series will then begin with Nine-Tailed Fox (starring Park Min-young, Kim Ha-eun, and Kim Tae-ho), the story of the Lee family's attempt to ensure its prosperity for generations through a deal with a malevolent spirit. However, the family’s peace begins to fall apart when their youngest daughter uncovers the dark secret.

Screening of Haunted House and The Reincarnated Princess
Thursday, December 17, 2009 – 6:30 PM

The second installment of Korean Ghost Stories features two spine-tingling episodes. In Haunted House (starring Lee Duck-hwa, Lee Min-woo, and Yoo Hye-jung), the ghost of a young woman haunts the family members who sold her into a life of corruption, and two sisters return from the grave to seduce and punish the men who killed them in The Reincarnated Princess (starring Lee Jin, Kang Sung-min, and Lee Ji-hyun).

All screenings will be presented in Korean with English subtitles.

November 19 introduction and screening:
$15 for nonmembers ($10 for members and students)

December 17 screening:
$10 for nonmembers ($5 for members and students)

The Korean Ghost Stories webpage @ The Korea Society website includes a link to order tickets online. Click here to go directly to that webpage.

For more information contact Yuni Cho at (212) 759-7525, ext. 323 or email yuni.ny@koreasociety.org.

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