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Truth and Dare: New York Korean Film Festival 2005

Friday, September 2, 2005 | 12:00 AM
The Korea Society once again provided financial and logistical support for the New York Korean Film Festival in 2005 and also served as its fiscal agent. For the fifth year in a row, the best in new wave Korean cinema was brought to the streets of New York under the auspices of this unique event, which is presented annually by Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and organized by Media Bank, Inc.… Read More

Bong Joon-Ho Mini Film Festival

Monday, February 26, 2007 | 6:00 PM
A special line-up of acclaimed South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho's box-office mega-hits will include showings of Barking Dogs Never Bite and Memories of Murder, and shorts Incoherence and Sink and Rise. Bong will attend the screening of his latest film, The Host, for a Q&A afterwards. Bong Joon-Ho took the 2006 Cannes Film Festival by storm with his smart, terrifying new monster movie The Host. In anticipation of the film's release, this a mini-fest of his maximal… Read More

Hong Sang-Soo Tribute

Monday, April 16, 2007 | 4:30 PM
The Korea Society co- presents a 'Hong Sang-Soo tribute' with BAM Cinematek, featuring the celebrated Korean director's three latest films that have won over critics and audiences alike worldwide - Woman is the Future of Man, Tale of Cinema and Woman on the Beach. "One of the most exciting and authentically individual filmmakers to emerge on the world stage recently.... Wreathed in a profound melancholy, Hong's films lyrically explore the limits of subjectivity, both… Read More
Hollywood makes lots of legal thrillers, but none of them speak so directly to the Korean American experience as the newly released West 32nd. While in New York for the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Flim Festival, co-writer and director Michael Kang and stars Grace Park and Jun Sung Kim came to The Korea Society for a freewheeling panel discussion on how the film was made and what this unique, Korean American statement means to its creators.… Read More
Recent years have seen a wave of Korean pop culture—known as hallyu—sweep across Asia as consumers from Thailand to Japan became ardent fans of Korean TV dramas, movies and music acts. No pop culture phenomenon lasts forever, however, and recently released statistics suggest that exports from Korea’s entertainment industry are now declining. Is the Korean wave finally ebbing? If so, why? And what can be done about it? These questions… Read More

Film Panel: Finishing the Game

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | 7:00 PM
  When Bruce Lee died, he left behind 12 minutes of footage from his final film. The upcoming movie Finishing the Game imagines what would have happened if bumbling studio executives had tried to find a passable stand-in for Lee to finish the film. The answer is hilarity.  Starring Roger Fan (Better Luck Tomorrow), Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), Monique Curren (Maria Full of Grace) and MC Hammer, Finishing the… Read More
  With Director Lee Chang-Dong and Actress Moon So-ri.      Wednesday, May 5, 2008 | 7:00 PM Asia Society725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)New York, NY 10021 Admission:$10 Members / $12 Non-members   OASIS (133 min) 2002오아시스 Lead actress Moon So-ri will join director Lee for audience Q&A after the screening. Jong-du Hong (Sol Kyung-gu) is just out of prison for manslaughter and decides to call on the family of the victim.… Read More

Classic Movie Night: Films From the North

Monday, May 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM
  South Korean films continue to set box-office records across Asia and win laurels in international film festivals. Meanwhile, little attention is given to the cinema from the other half of the peninsula. From May 12 to 14, 2008, three films from the DPRK’s canon will be screened as a special presentation in the Classic Movie Night series. The films—Hong Gil Dong, Bellflower, and My Look in the Distant Future—have been rarely… Read More

New York Korean Film Festival Opening Reception

Thursday, August 21, 2008 | 6:00 PM
  Join us for an exciting week of film, shorts, panels and parties at the largest celebration of Korean cinema in the United States. The New York Korean Film Festival showcases dynamic and exciting currents in contemporary Korean cinema and this year looks back on the career of award-winning actor Ahn Sung-ki with a special retrospective. You are invited to come kick off this year's Festival at a star-studded reception and screening… Read More

A Korean Actor on the World Stage: Ahn Sung-ki

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | 6:30 PM
A Korean Actor on the World Stage: Ahn Sung-ki A Discussion   with Ahn Sung-ki   moderated by Hyangsoon Yi, University of Georgia.   Wednesday, August 27, 6:30PM 6:00 PM-7:00 PM ♦ Registration and Reception 7:00 PM-8:30 PM ♦ Discussion and Q&A The Korea Society 950 Third Avenue, Eighth Floor, New York City (Building entrance on SW corner of Third Avenue and 57th Street) Ahn Sung-ki, the “people’s actor” of… Read More
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