Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 7 PM
(54 Varick Street, NYC)
Bong Joon-Ho, 2009, 128 mins.
Korean Movie Night Series 4: The Summer of Thrillers
The national genre of Korean cinema used to be melodrama, but these days, more and more, Korea is becoming the world’s greatest thriller-making machine. Time after time, movie after movie, the action and suspense movies coming out of Korea are trumping everything else on the market. Their scripts are twistier, the acting is better, the directors are taking bigger risks and the production values are always impeccable.
From July 1 - 14, the New York Asian Film Festival, in conjunction with the Korean Cultural Service, will be celebrating Korean thrillers at Lincoln Center with a special focus entitled, “Sea of Revenge: New Korean Thrillers.” And down at Tribeca Cinemas we’ll be screening some of the amazing thrillers that we didn’t have room for uptown, every one of them a gem of craftsmanship and adrenalized thrills.
Bong Joon-Ho’s MOTHER is the culmination of a lifetime of making some of the best genre movies ever seen, from his giant monster movie, THE HOST, to his true crime policier, MEMORIES OF MURDER. But MOTHER transcends genre, due in large part to the titular performance by Kim Hye-Ja playing a woman raising her mentally handicapped son (played by glamourpuss, Won Bin, going downscale). When her son is arrested and confesses to a murder that she knows he didn’t commit, nothing will stand in the way of a mother out for justice. An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, there is no grander, bleaker monument to a mother’s love than this film.
(54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops)
All seating is first-come, first served.
Doors open at 6:30PM.