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South Korean Film Festival begins Sept. 19 at WKU

WKU’s Office of International Programs, Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Department of English will present a South Korean Film Festival as part of the International Year of South Korea.

iyo-south-korea-film-festival-social-mediaThe film festival, which begins Sept. 19, will feature smaller art house films and big budget blockbusters and will showcase the Hallyu Wave, a term used to describe the popularity of Korean entertainment and pop culture around the globe. South Korean cinema in particular has been a driving force behind the international community’s love of all things Korean and has provided significant economic growth on the peninsula.

The films will be shown at Cherry Hall 125 and will include pre- and post-viewing discussions. Admission is free and open to any WKU student, faculty or staff.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 7 p.m. Sept. 19: Poetry, a 2010 film directed by Lee Chang-Dong about a woman who begins to write poetry while struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and her troubled grandson.
  • 4 p.m. Sept. 20: Take Care of My Cat, a 2001 film directed by Jeong Jae-eun about five friends who face challenges and inspiration as they try to make it in the world on their own after graduating from high school.
  • 7 p.m. Sept. 26: In Between Days, a 2006 film directed by So Yong Kim about a young girl from Korea who relocates to Canada with her mother and struggles to adjust to her new life.
  • 4 p.m. Sept. 27: The Power of Kangwon Provence, a 1998 film directed by Hong Sang-Soo about two lovers who escape heartbreak in Kangwon Provence after deciding to end an affair but neither knows the other had the same plan.
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Quiz Show Scandal, a 2010 film directed by Jang Jin about 10 strangers who accidentally learn the answer to the last question of a quiz show as they compete for the prize.
  • 4 p.m. Oct. 4: JSA, a 2003 film directed by Park Chan-wook about a fatal shooting within the DMZ between North and South Korea that leads to an investigation.

Contact: Alison Youngblood, alison.youngblood@wku.edu

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