Hwayi: A Monster Boy(화이: 괴물을 삼킨 아이 Hwa-i : Goe-mu-rul Sam-kin A-i)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:30PM

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

U.S. Premiere, JANG Joon-hwan,
2013, 125 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 jjo@Koreanculture.org or Elaine Merguerian at 212-327-9313 or elainem@asiasociety.org. 

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.

Hwayi: A Monster Boy(화이: 괴물을 삼킨  아이  Hwa-i : Goe-mu-rul Sam-kin A-i)

Directed by JANG Joon-hwan
Starring: YEO Jin-gu, KIM Yun-seok 

2013. South Korea. 125 min. DCP. In Korean with English subtitles. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30PM

10 years since his feature debut with the fantasy thriller SAVE THE GREEN PLANET!, director JANG Joon-hwan has returned with an offbeat crime drama HWAYI: A MONSTER BOY. A gang of cold-blooded murderous criminals, led by YUN Seok-tae (KIM Yun-seok, the detective in THE CHASER ), has raised a boy Hwa-yi (YEO Jin-gu) they had kidnapped as their own, teaching him all of their know-how and treating him as their communal son. Only when the teenager learns about his past on his first mission does he turn against them and their kind, with increasingly violent, nihilistic and extremely bloody results.

Miro Yoon