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Master Series “Park Chan-wook”


  • Metrograph 7 Ludlow Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)
Korean Cultural Center New York announces
Korean Movie Night New York: Master Series “Park Chan-wook” 

Director Park Chan-wook and producer Syd Lim (OLDBOY, THE HANDMAIDEN)
will attend the screenings. 

October 1-5, 2016, Metrograph
(7 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002) 

Featuring International Premieres of the 2K digital remaster of OLDBOY, the 4K digital remaster of JSA: JOINT SECURITY AREA, and OLD DAYS, a new documentary about the making of OLDBOY, plus the New York premiere of THE HANDMAIDEN 

Korean Cultural Center NY, a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea, is proud to announce Korean Movie Night New York: Master Series “Park Chan-wook.”

Co-presented with Metrograph, Korean Movie Night New York: Master Series will showcase a condensed retrospective of Korea's groundbreaking auteur Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker), revered worldwide by cinephiles and genre fans alike.

The program will include the New York premiere of director Park’s latest expectation-defying creation, The Handmaiden (2016) - a twisty, kinky, 1930s-set period piece constructed of interlocking narratives which come together in an old dark-house mystery taut with thrills. The film screened in competition at this year's Cannes International Film Festival, and will receive a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on October 21st from Magnolia Pictures.

Other highlights include international premieres of the new digitally remastered versions of director Park’s seminal works, Oldboy (2003) and JSA: Joint Security (2000), and International premiere of Old Days (2016), a documentary about the making of Oldboy, consisting of archival footage and newly recorded interviews with the cast and crew.

As a special treat for the fans, the series will conclude with a secret screening of one of director Park’s classic films, which has never before been shown anywhere in the U.S.

Director Park Chan-wook, producer Syd Lim (Oldboy, The Handmaiden), and co-producer Jeong Wonjo (The Handmaiden) will be in attendance. 

All screenings will be held at Metrograph, located at 7 Ludlow Street, between Canal and Hester streets, in the Lower East Side. www.metrograph.com

NOTE: Metrograph is an assigned-seating movie house. To choose your preferred seats, we recommend that you buy tickets in advance online. 

Keep up with the latest Korean Cinema Night New York news at: Facebook.com/KoreanMovieNY 

 

THE FILMS

International Premiere of the new 2K Digital Remaster
OLDBOY (올드 보이 old-bo-i)
2003 | South Korea | 120 min | DCP | in Korean with English subtitles
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Starring: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Gang Hye-jung

“A wild, intensely cinematic ride” - The Variety

“It was a pity to see dusty, streaked prints [of Oldboy] being screened all over the world. I’ve wanted to make a digital version for a long time" - Park Chan-wook

The key work of New Korean Cinema and the winner of Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, earning praise from the jury president Quentin Tarantino, Oldboy was responsible for catapulting Park Chan-wook’s international career, and came to symbolize the creativity of Korean cinema to a generation of movie buffs. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Oldboy follows a middle-aged business man Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), who is abducted and held captive in a motel room, not knowing who imprisoned him or why. 15 years later, he’s suddenly released, and consumed by the thirst for revenge, starts looking for answers.

The new 2K digital remaster, with color correction, elimination of scratches and dust, and new English-language subtitles, was supervised by director Park for the occasion of Oldboy’s 10th anniversary theatrical re-release in South Korea in 2013.

International Premiere
OLD DAYS (올드 데이즈)
2016 | South Korea | 112min | DCP | in Korean with English subtitles
Directed by Han Sunhee

Combining archival footage from 2003 with the newly recorded interviews with director Park Chan-wook, producer Syd Lim, stars Choi Min-sik, Yu Ji-tae, and the rest of Oldboy’s cast and crew, documentary Old Days is a fascinating and expansive look at the story behind this seminal work of New Korean cinema, providing a detailed account of Oldboy’s pre-production and production process. Directed by Han Sunhee (producer of Park Chan-kyong’s Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013)) and commissioned for the upcoming Korean Blu-ray release of OldboyOld Days had its World Premiere at the Jeonju International Film Festival in May of this year.

New York Premiere
THE HANDMAIDEN (아가씨)
2016 | South Korea | 145min | DCP | in Korean and Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Starring: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, and Moon So-ri; introducing Kim tae-ri

 

“Ravishing. Director Park Chan-wook’s most delectable narrative feature in years.”
– Justin Chang, LA Times

“An amusingly kinky erotic thriller and love story that brims with delicious surprises...”
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Set in the 1930s Korea under the Japanese colonial rule, The Handmaiden is a gripping and sensual tale of two women - a Japanese Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri) who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with conman Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the award-winning Victorian-era lesbian crime novel Fingersmith, by the British author Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.

The Handmaiden will receive a limited theatrical release in the U.S. (New York and LA) on October 21st from Magnolia Pictures. For more info, visit: http://www.handmaidenmovie.com/

International Premiere of the new 4K Digital Remaster with the Dolby Atmos sound mix

JSA: JOINT SECURITY AREA (JSA 공동경비구역)
2000 | South Korea | 110 min | DCP | in Korean with English subtitles
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Lee Young-ae, Kim Tae-woo, Shin Ha-kyun

An atmospheric mystery thriller that revolves around the investigation into the death of two North Korean soldiers, JSA is set in the tense environment of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), which separates North and South Korea. It was Park Chan-wook’s breakthrough film, which broke the Korean box office record in 2000 with close to 6 million admissions, and won Best Film and Best Actor (Song Kang-ho) at the 2001 Grand Bell Awards, the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards. The 4K digital remaster with the new Dolby Atmos sound mix was created last year for JSA’s 15th anniversary limited theatrical re-release in Korea.

SECRET SCREENING! (120min)
As a special treat for the fans, the secret screening will present one of director Park’s never-before-screened-in-the-U.S. classic films on 35mm, which will offer a fascinating look into the development of the future auteur and at the Korean film industry in transition prior to its commercial maturation. Not to be missed!


SCREENING SCHEDULE

  • Saturday, October 1

    2:00pm OLD BOY (120 min)
    Followed by the conversation with director Park Chan-wook

    5:30pm THE HANDMAIDEN (145 min)
    Follow by the conversation with director Park Chan-wook and co-producer Jeong Wonjo
     
  • Sunday, October 2

    4:00pm OLD DAYS (112 min)
    Follow by the conversation with director Park Chan-wook and producer Syd Lym

    7:00pm JSA (125 min)
    Followed by the conversation with director Park Chan-wook
     
  • Wednesday, October 5
    6:00pm SECRET SCREENING (120min)