Fatal(East Coast Premiere)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:30PM

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

LEE Don-ku,
2012. South Korea. 103 min.

Korean Movie Night New York’s April-May 2015 Series

Emerging Talent
Screenings at
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City
Free Admission

Korean Cultural Service NY and Asia Society are proud to announce Korean Movie Night New York’s April-May 2015 series: Emerging Talent. The series of 5 films celebrates emerging filmmakers and actors in contemporary Korean cinema and will run from April 14 to May 27, 2015 at the Asia Society. Free admission for all screenings.

While mainstream, big-budget films have dominated the Korean film market, young directors are finding room to make independent films that prove to be no less creative and inspiring despite fewer resources. Four films in this series, The King of Jokgu (Woo Moon-gi), 10 Minutes (Lee Yong-seung), Fatal (Lee Don-ku), and Alive (Park Jung-bum), are independently financed projects. Director Park Jung-bum doubles as the acting lead in Alive to impressive result. The series also includes Gangnam Blues (Yoo Ha), which features the young and hugely popular actor Lee Min-ho in his feature film debut. Known as a TV drama (City Hunter, The Heirs) heartthrob, Lee transitioned to the big screen with great fanfare in this action thriller by veteran director Yoo Ha. 

The films in this series follow a coming of age theme. Youthful dreams give way to adult reality in The King of Jokgu and 10 Minutes; life-altering experiences threaten to spin out of control in Fatal and Alive; and a childhood bond is tested as two friends grow apart in Gangnam Blues

Korean Movie Night New York is an ongoing, approximately twice-a-month film program that introduces the full spectrum of contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, from popular blockbusters, independent films, and documentaries to animation and family movies. The series is co-presented by Korean Cultural Service NY and Asia Society. For information on the series, visit our website at www. Koreanculture.org or www.asiasociety.org/korean-movie-night. Like us on FaceBook: Facebook.com/KoreanMovieNY. All screenings 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, please contact Jean Jo (212) 759-9550 (ext. 207) / jjo@Koreanculture.org or Elaine Merguerian at 212-327-9313 / elainem@asiasociety.org. For screeners, please contact film curator Kyungmi Kim (646) 925-6149 or kyungmi007@gmail.com

East Coast Premiere
Fatal (가시꽃 Gashi-kot)
Directed by LEE Don-ku
Starring: NAM Yeon-woo, YANG Jo-a, HONG Jeong-ho, KANG Ki-doong
2012. South Korea. 103 min. HDCAM. In Korean with English subtitles. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:30PM

A young woman, Jang-mi, has been drugged and raped by a gang of high schoolers. 10 years later, one of the assailants, Sung-gong (NAM Yeon-woo), encounters Jang-mi, who doesn’t recognize him anymore. It is apparent that the scars and wounds inflicted on Jang-mi have not fully healed. Guilt-stricken, Sung-gong enters Jang-mi’s life to seek private redemption. As the friendship between the two slowly develops, will Sung-gong reveals his true identity? Will he be able to find forgiveness? LEE Don-ku’s impressive directorial debut made with a shoe-string budget of USD 3,000, Fatal reflects on guilt and the lasting impact of a person’s action.

Miro Yoon