Punch Strike (New York Premiere)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 7 PM
(54 Varick Street, NYC)
Ryou Eun Jung, TV Movie, 2006, 81 minutes
Korean directors are almost exclusively male, and PUNCH STRIKE would be notable if for no other reason that for the fact that its director, Ryou Eun-Jung, is a woman. She worked in the trenches for years before she was able to make her short film “A Smoke-Flavored Life” which won awards at film festivals around the world. She followed it up with PUNCH STRIKE, a rambunctious flick that takes on the high school power dynamic in Korea, which makes even the most dysfunctional American high school look like paradise. Hard-working character actor, Lim Won-Hie, plays “Mad Dog” a psychotic teacher who physically abuses and sexually humiliates his students. But when he slaps Mina (Park Min-Ji) in the face in front of her secret crush he’s crossed the line. She and her two friends begin a quiet revolution as they seek their revenge. As bouncy and rambunctious as a 16 year old texting while talking on the phone and updating their Facebook page, it’s a movie that fell between the cracks but that deserves wider exposure for its particular take on high school hell.
Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street, NYC)
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