Watch (free) Korean movies in New York City


You film-loving New Yorkers have got it good. You’re some of the first people in the country to see the excellent Love Exposure outside of the festival circuit, you get access to awesome film festivals like the New York Film Festival (which we will be covering in a few weeks) and the New York Asian Film Festival, and you get to go to free screenings of Korean movies. Whether you haven’t seen or can’t get enough of the stuff, here’s your chance to fix that. The Korean Cultural Society of New York will be putting on a series of three free screenings over the next month and a half at the Tribeca Cinemas. The first of these will be tomorrow (September 6), where the 2011 film Bleak Night will be shown. Then there will be a sadly long hiatus (which you can fill with the not free series of screenings by the Korea Society of New York at the MoMA from September 22nd to October 2nd) followed by screening number two on Tuesday, October 11 with another 2011 film End of Animal. Then after another agonizing wait, the 2010 film Moss will be playing on Tuesday, October 31 (Happy Halloween).

All of these screenings will take place at 7 PM are first come first serve (doors open at 6). Tickets, as I mentioned, are free. With any luck we will be able to have reviews up for you before each of these hit so you can see what we think beforehand. And if this didn’t sound enough like a press release for you, feel free to check below to see the official thing, with descriptions of each of the films.

[Via Subway Cinema]

Korean Movie Night
from September 6, 2011 to­ October 31, 2011
courtesy of the Korean Cultural Service

Every other Tuesday @ 7pm
Tribeca Cinemas
(54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E
and 1 train Canal Street stops)

Price? Free.
All seating is first-come, first served. Doors
open at 6:30pm.

Series 4: Hidden Gems of Korean Cinema

For some reason, a lot of really amazing movies never make it out of Korea.
Critics go nuts for them, but for one reason or another they never get any
love from overseas distributors. The Korean Cultural Service aims to correct
that with this series of three amazing movies from 2010 and 2011 that
deserve bigger audiences.

Tuesday, September 6 @ 7pm
The Hollywood Reporter heralds director Yoon Sung-Hyun as one of the best
new Korean filmmakers and director Bong Joon-Ho (THE HOST) calls his first
movie “astonishing.” Yoon¹s award-winning BLEAK NIGHT was the talk of the
Rotterdam Film Festival and 2011¹s indie break-out film in Korea, and it¹s
easy to see why. Leaping back and forth through time, the movie follows a
grieving father as he tries to solve the mystery of his teenaged son¹s
suicide. Suffused with sadness, it¹s one of the toughest movies about high
school friendship ever made.

Tuesday, October 11 @ 7pm
The first feature film from Jo Sung-Hee, whose horrifying DON¹T GO OUT OF
THE HOUSE! electrified film festival audiences, END OF ANIMAL is an
apocalyptic flick that worms its way under your skin and then totally creeps
you out Pregnant Soon-Young is in a cab on her way to her mom¹s house when a
white flash causes every electrical device in Korea to fail. Night is
coming, and she¹s trapped in the middle of nowhere as end-of-the-world fever
turns all humans into nothing more than beasts.

Monday, October 31 @ 7pm
MOSS (2010)
Kang Woo-Suk has made more blockbusters than any other Korean director
(PUBLIC ENEMY, SILMIDO, HANBANDO) and this movie, stuffed with stars, was
yet another massive critical and commercial hit for him. A disgraced cop
travels to the remote village where his estranged father has just died of
“natural causes” and rapidly uncovers a conspiracy that reaches back decades
and encompasses hundreds of people. An epic thriller, this unrelenting flick
grabs you by the throat and doesn¹t let go.