KOREAN FILMS FROM THE JAPANESE COLONIAL PERIOD

Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2009


THE KOREA SOCIETY AND THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART PRESENT 
RARE KOREAN FILMS FROM THE JAPANESE COLONIAL PERIOD

The Japanese colonial era—one of the most difficult and complex periods in modern Korean history—will come to light for American audiences as The Korea Society and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) present Korean Films Made During Japanese Occupation, a program of seven recently re-discovered Korean films from the 1930s and ‘40s. The films will be screened from January 28 through February 1 at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at MoMA.  Discovered in China in 2003 and 2004 and restored in new 35mm prints by The Korean Film Archive, the films represent the earliest extant works of Korean cinema. Made under Japanese occupation, the dramatic content of the films is shaped by the censorship of their era, and several are uncomfortably pro-Japanese. Yet simultaneously, their rich aesthetics and formal experimentation reach beyond imperial Japanese ideology to express transcendent themes of longing, loss and duty. Korean Films Made During Japanese Occupation marks the first time that these films have been screened outside of Korea, and the only time they will be screened before being returned to Korean archives.

Korean Films Made During Japanese Occupation

Wednesday, January 28
6:00 PM        Spring in the Korean Peninsula (1941)
8:00 PM        Straits of Chosun (1943)

Thursday, January 29
8:00 PM        Fisherman's Fire (1939)/ Volunteer (1941)

Friday, January 30
6:00 PM        Angels on the Street (1941)
8:00 PM        Sweet Dream (1936)/ Military Train (1938)

Saturday, January 31 
1:00 PM           Spring in the Korean Peninsula
3:00 PM          Straits of Chosun
5:00 PM          Angels on the Street

Sunday, February 1
1:00 PM          Fisherman’s Fire and Volunteer
3:30 PM          Sweet Dream and Military Train

Admission for a day of screenings: Adults $10; Seniors (65 and over with ID) $8; Students (full-time with current ID) $6; Children (16 and under) and members free, but a ticket is required. For more information on museum hours and directions, please visit www.moma.org.

Miro Yoon