Explore the dark side of Korean cinema when the London Korean Film Festival brings highlights from its Special Focus on Film Noir to the Edinburgh Filmhouse this spring!
This first-time collaboration will present five notable works, from revered classics to recent hits, that provide Edinburgh audiences with the chance to visit the underbelly of Korean society via cinema’s darkest genre.
13 March, 18:10
The debut feature of Lee Chang-dong — regarded by many as South Korea's greatest living filmmaker — this striking feature follows a young man discharged from the military, who becomes involved in the grubby life of a Seoul gangster.
20 MARCH, 17:50
A DIRTY CARNIVAL
Often compared to Martin Scorcese's gangster masterpieces Goodfellas and Mean Streets, Yoo ha's tale sees a low-level debt-collector who, faced with lack of funds and a sick mother, opportunistically murder his way up the greasy pole.
27 March, 20:15
A noir epic where corrupt policemen plot from the shadows to gain control of Korea’s biggest crime syndicate.
3 April, 18:05
COIN LOCKER GIRL
Veteran South Korean star Kim Hye-soo plays the psychotic crime-boss, known as ‘Mom’, whose unsavoury trade includes organ-trafficking and loan-sharking in a film that eschews Hollywood redemption themes in favour of the twists and turns of modern Korean noir.
10 April, 20:35
Whether inside prison or out, ruthless gangster Jae-ho and his new young protégé Hyun-soo struggle to trust each other in a world of endless double-dealing and betrayal. Reminiscent of Tarantino, this is also a moody neo-noir, all existential musings, rain-swept treachery and savagery just out of shot.
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