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Trends in November: Korean Films in Japan

Nov 19, 2014
  • Writer by June Kim
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Festivals and Special Screenings

In early November, two big names of Korean cinema both classic and current, KIM Ki-young and KIM Ki-duk, were the subjects of special screenings at Cinemavera Shibuya. The event took place from November 1st until the 11th in Tokyo. Out of KIM Ki-young’s filmography, The Housemaid (1960), The Sea Knows (1961), The Insect Woman (1972), Promise of the Flesh (1975), Ieoh Island (1977) and 1995’s An Experience to Die For (which written by KIM and directed by LEE Jeong-gwon) were programmed, while KIM Ki-duk’s Crocodile (1996), Address Unknown (2001), Bad Guy (2002), Samaritan Girl (2004), 3-Iron (2004), The Bow (2005), Dream (2008), Arirang (2011) and Pieta (2012) were screened.
Also in Tokyo, director YOON Jong-bin’s hit film, Nameless Ganster: Rules of the Time (2012) was screened on the 5th at the Korean Cultural Centre, while on the 3rd, the Kawasaki Shinyuri Film Festival held a special presentation of Miss Granny at the Aeon Cinema.
The 36th Gifu Asia Film Festival, which started on November 1st, is screening 14 titles from countries such as Japan, China, India and Saudi Arabia as well as Korea for several weeks, coming to a close on December 7th. HONG Sang-soos Hahaha (2010) as well as James LEONG’s The Great North Korean Picture Show (2012), which captures the everyday life of the Northern part of Korea, are some of the selections.
At the Japanese box office during early November, the top ten films were mostly Hollywood pictures or Japanese domestic flicks with The Expendables 3 at the top of the chart.
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