From Tuesday, August 4 to Sunday, August 16, the second edition of the Online Cinema Series will be available for free streaming through our wesbite (http://canada.korean-culture.org/en). This time, we focus on three films that capture the essence of Korea’s genre films.
The three films for this screenings ranges from the powerful period drama which brought cinematic imagination to Korea’s historic past in , and a Korean fantasy romance that transcends time and space in , to a uniquely Korean crime comedy in .
Through these Korean genre films, we invite you to explore films that possess a familiarity of universally accepted genres and yet, are wonderfully distinct with an abundance of themes and aesthetics that are unique to Korea!
*This online screening will only be available for streaming within Canada via Chrome, Edge, and mobile device.
*The illegal copying and distribution of the films will be subject to legal consequences.
Director Lee Joon-ik, 2015, 125 mins, Film intended for audiences 15 and over, Drama/History
Synopsis: In the year of 1762, when King Yeongjo of the Joseon dynasty's been ruling for 35 years already, Crown prince Sado is accused of plotting treason by his biological mother lady Yi. Yeongjo falls into a dilemma since he could not penalize his own son as a traitor as it would mean that he would become the father of a traitor threatening his throne, and ends up ordering Sado to take his own life. As Sado’s lieges oppose Yeongjo’s decision by putting their own lives at risk, Yeongjo locks Sado in a wooden rice chest.
Locked up without being given a single drop of water, Sado is also deprived from succeeding the throne, having his son take his place as an heir. On the 8th day inside the chest, Sado faces death. The movie follows the most tragic and iconic 8 days in the history of Joseon Dynasty disclosing what forced a father to kill his own son.
Director Lee Il-hyeong, 2016, 126min, Film intended for audiences 15 and over, Crime/Comedy
Synopsis: Prosecutor Jae-wook, specialized in violent crimes, detests the criminals and doesn't give a damn about their human rights. One day, while interrogating Jin-seok, a suspect looking insincere, Jae-wook loses his temper again and beats him. The next morning when Jae-wook comes back to the interrogation room, he finds Jin-seok dead. Jae-wook is charged with murder and arrested. The Prosecutors' Office including Jae-wook's boss and close colleagues desperately try to find a way out of this trouble leaving him as a scapegoat. Jae-wook claims his innocence but gets sentenced 10 years to prison. In prison, Jae-wook meets a handsome, even petty criminal, Chi-won and finds the clue of the scheme which put him in prison. Jae-wook asks Chi-won to join forces with him and begins training him to reveal the scheme and get his revenge.