Guardian(보호자 Bo-ho-ja)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30PM

Asia Society
(725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC)

International Premiere,
KIM Su-hyeon, KO Seo-hee,
2013, 90 min

announce a new partnership and the first series schedule for


Screenings at
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City

Korean Cultural Service NY, a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea, and Asia Society are proud to announce a new partnership to co-present the popular year-long film series Korean Movie Night New York (KMN). Since its inception in 2010, KMN has presented regular, twice a month screenings that introduce a full spectrum of contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, including popular blockbusters, independent films, documentaries, animation, and children's films. 

The new partnership will begin with the series Fathers on Screen, which will explore the image of Korean father figures, both positive and negative, as they have been shaped by the cultural and socio-economic conditions in contemporary Korea: a hard-working, devoted family man in ODE TO MY FATHER, an authoritarian and cold blooded murderer in HWAYI: A MONSTER BOY, a vengeful vigilante in BROKEN, and a heroic ex firefighter forced to commit non-heroic acts in GUARDIAN. In all four films, which include three contemporary thrillers, fathers are pushed to extremes by various forces. As these otherwise ordinary men struggle to protect their families and live up to society's expectations of manhood, they are propelled by circumstances into taking extraordinary action and making morally ambiguous decisions. 

All upcoming screenings will take place at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City. All events are free admission, first come, first served. For information, call 212-517-2742. 

For stills and screeners, please contact Jean Jo (212) 759-9550 (ext. 207) or or Elaine Merguerian at 212-327-9313 or 

Schedule for Fathers on Screen series (February 9 - March 31, 2015) follows. Korean Movie Night Screenings in April and onwards shall be announced later and can.

Guardian(보호자 Bo-ho-ja)

Directed by YOO Won-sang
Starring: KIM Su-hyeon, KO Seo-hee
2013. South Korea. 90 min. DCP. In Korean with English subtitles. 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 PM

In his first feature film and graduation project at the Korean Academy of Film Arts, director YOO Won-sang delivers an interesting take on the thriller genre. A former firefighter, Jeon-mo, runs a flower shop and lives happily with his wife and two children. His world is turned upside down after his young daughter gets kidnapped, and he starts receiving instructions to follow from the abductor. One of the instructions is for Jeon-mo to kidnap another child, and then trade him for his daughter. The moral ripple effects of the resulting actions will drive the narrative to an unexpected dramatic conclusion.

Miro Yoon