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Introducing South Korean films & the World of Bong Joon-ho

Sat 22 Feb, 10:30am at Cornerstone Room

Tickets: £18 (£12 concs) , approx running time: 10.30am-4.30pm

Age: 15+

Tutor: Roy Stafford, author of The Global Film Book (2014)

The ticket price also includes a ticket to see the 1.30pm screening of Parasite in our Copper Auditorium.

Writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite has become one of the most successful ‘foreign language films’ worldwide since it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019. The UK is one of the last territories to open a film which has found appreciative audiences everywhere during 2019.

Why has this filmmaker and this film made such an impact? In this event we will explore how the South Korean film industry effectively ‘re-invented’ itself in the late 1990s and how Bong Joon-ho became one of the most successful of the new directors with his second film Memories of Murder in 2003. Since then he has made a further five films, each a success at home but struggling to find audiences abroad until his English language films like Snowpiercer (South Korea-US 2013) with Tilda Swinton – but these have only been on disc or streaming. Has Parasite got something special?

The high technical quality of South Korean films has long been acknowledged and Bong makes this a feature of his films alongside a frequent focus on families of all kinds, various forms of social commentary and elements of well-known film genres such as crime films and science fiction. He is one of the best known ‘quality film’ directors in South Korea which now features as one of the top 5 film markets in the world – and one where Korean productions earn more than Hollywood films.