A Genre of One: The Cinema of Bong Joon Ho

year-round

October 30th | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
Discussion following with director Bong Joon Ho.

Co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, celebrating 100 years of Korean cinema.

PARASITE
GISAENGCHUNG
2019, 132 min, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
When Kim Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) agrees to take over the position of English tutor for the daughter of a wealthy family from his friend Min-hyuk (Seo-joon Park), the stage is set for an epic showdown as class warfare meets black comedy, with the stakes deadlier than you could ever imagine. Working with some of the most outstanding actors in South Korea, writer-director Bong Joon-Ho (SNOWPIERCER, OKJA) crafts a brilliantly layered world filled with outstanding gasp-out-loud moments. An intricate blend of bravura sequences, stellar character work and narrative twists, PARASITE was the Palme d’Or winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets

In Korean with English subtitles. | Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers. | Screening format: DCP


October 31st | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre

Co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, celebrating 100 years of Korean cinema.

35 mm!
THE HOST
GWOEMUL
2006, Magnolia Pictures, 120 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
Much more than just a monster movie, Bong Joon-ho’s third film spans the intimate and the epic, the personal and the political, in a fantastical tale about the lengths to which a family will go in recovering one of its own. Due to the negligence of a U.S. military installation, an amphibian beast emerges from Seoul’s Han River, wreaking havoc on city residents and abducting the daughter of riverfront vendor Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho). With the help of his elderly father, listless brother and archery medalist sister, Park races against time for save the girl while government authorities concoct their own, ecologically reckless means of vanquishing the creature. “A loopy, feverishly imaginative genre hybrid.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

35 mm!10th Anniversary!
MOTHER (2009)
MADEO
2009, Magnolia Pictures, 129 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
In a small South Korean town, an intellectually disabled man (Won Bin) follows a young woman (Moon Hee-ra) down an empty street at night; when the woman is found dead the next morning, authorities summarily charge him with the murder. Only the man’s mother (Kim Hye-ja), an unlicensed acupuncturist, is convinced of his innocence. As she pieces together the night of the murder and the cast of characters surrounding it, no measure seems too drastic to protect the son whose condition she has always lamented. Starkly shot and arrestingly unpredictable, MOTHER stretches parental love to its extremes, tempering violent passages with Bong’s characteristic flashes of humor.

Tickets

Both films in Korean with English subtitles.


November 1st | 7:30PM | Aero Theatre
Discussion between films with director Bong Joon Ho.
Co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, celebrating 100 years of Korean cinema.

35 mm!
SNOWPIERCER
2013, Radius-TWC, 126 min, South Korea, Czech Republic, USA, France, Dir: Bong Joon-ho
One of the most dazzling visions of our dystopian future since Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, this sci-fi thriller takes place on a train carrying the last survivors – Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer among them – of a manmade environmental catastrophe. But a rigid class structure has been imposed on the passengers, leading to a bloody rebellion.

35 mm!
BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE
FLANDERSUI GAE
2000, Magnolia Pictures, 110 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
A mix of gallows humor and character-driven chaos, Bong Joon-ho’s directorial debut stars Lee Sung-jae as a jobless academic living in an apartment complex. Driven to the brink by his demanding wife and by the persistent sound of a barking dog, he resolves to rid the complex of noisy pooches wherever he finds them. Faced with the disappearance of one beloved pet after another, the complex’s unassuming bookkeeper (Bae Donna) finds herself under pressure to uncover the culprit. Smartly satirical in its depiction of confined living, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE both shocks and delights with a tale of two unfulfilled people and the surreal series of events that bring them into collision.

Tickets

BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE in Korean with English subtitles. | Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers.


November 2nd | 7:30PM | Aero Theatre

Co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, celebrating 100 years of Korean cinema.

35 mm!
OKJA
2017, Netflix, 120 min, South Korea/USA, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
A decade after biotech CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) launches a contest to raise the world’s finest genetically designed “super pig,” South Korean farm girl Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) learns that her super pig, Okja, has won the title. When Okja is hauled off to be exhibited in New York City, Mija undertakes a rescue mission that puts her in league with the Animal Liberation Front – and into the clutches of the profit-minded Mirando Corporation. An imaginative adventure with friendship and humanity’s nearsightedness at its center, OKJA is a moving reminder that courage can take small forms.

35 mm!
MEMORIES OF MURDER
SALINUI CHUEOK
2003, CJ Entertainment, 132 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
Inspired by the first serial murders in South Korea’s modern history, this engrossing crime story is marked with textural richness and tonal finesse. After two women are found raped and murdered in quick succession, rural detectives Park and Cho (Song Kang-ho and Kim Roi-ha) are tasked with finding the killer. Their crude methods ill-suited to the job, the pair are soon joined by an urban detective who proposes to solve the case by subtler means. Gripping throughout and laced with the humor of a bumbling cop routine, MEMORIES OF MURDER invites surprise up to its final frame.

Tickets

Both films include English subtitles.