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Korean Film Festival in Cambodia Shines a Light on LEE Joon-ik
Jan 07, 2016
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Hitmaker Retrospective at 9th Edition
For its 9th edition, which took place over November 27th to 29th last year, the Korean Film Festival in Cambodia staged a special retrospective featuring five works from acclaimed filmmaker LEE Joon-ik. Taking place at the Legend Cinema in Toul Kork and with director LEE present as a guest, the festival was staged by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Cambodia as part of their plan for cultural exchange between both nations in 2015.
Opening the event was LEE’s most recent film, the hit period drama The Throne, featuring SONG Kang-ho as a king who ordered his own son, played by YOO Ah-in, to be locked in a rice chest. The film accrued 6.25 million admissions (USD 40.78 million) and was put forward as the Korean contender for the foreign language category of this year’s Academy Awards.
Also screened was his other period film King And The Clown (2005), which became the most successful Korean film of all time when it was released, a crown now held by fellow period film Roaring Currents (2014). The other films screened were the AHN Sung-ki and PARK Joong-hoon drama Radio Star (2006), midlife crisis comedy-drama The Happy Life (2007) with KIM Yun-seok, and the drama Hope (2013), with SUL Kyung-gu.
LEE returns to cinemas next month with his biopic DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet.