ChungMuRo Express: Bitter and Sweet (Namja-Neun Gwero-Wa)

Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives
(2nd St. and 2nd Ave., NYC)

LEE Myung-Se, 110 minutes

Classic Korean Cinema presents Bitter and Sweet (Namja-Neun Gwero-Wa)


A brilliant satire about salarymen toiling their lives away in their office.  It was filmed in a narrative style and the life style of these men is narrated in the chronological order - from Monday to Friday.  During the five years ever since he was promoted as a manager at Oh-Sung Electronics, (AHN Sung-ki) has contributed not a single innovative idea to the company.  Meanwhile, (PARK Sang-Min) is a newcomer, who is a mama's boy and interested in KIM Hye-soo, an elegant and sharp lady.  Then there is the chief supervisor, YOON, who delights in tormenting his employees. 

This film shows the best of LEE Myung-Se introducing uncanny rhythm and scenery, which made a skillful use of pop music and cultural references. Riding a subway during rush hour is like being in a battlefield.  However, LEE sheds a light upon the gloomy life of salarymen as these men break into song and dance turning a dreary walk to home in the rain into joy. 


This film is presented in Korean with English subtitles.

Film Curator Ms. Hyun-Ock Im will give an introductory remark of the program and lead a discussion after the screening.

Anthology Film Archives (2nd St. and 2nd Ave., NYC, Tel: 212-505-5181)
Free Admission: RSVP at 212-759-9550

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