‘Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today’ series showing at NYC MoMA


2012 Yeonghwa - Korean Film Today @MoMA

As a guy who really likes Korean movies (and often writes about them), I definitely enjoy my proximity to New York City. Between the Korean Movie Night series, the New York Asian Film Festival, and all of that other good stuff, there are so many opportunities to see really awesome Korean movies. So I like telling everybody about those opportunities, because otherwise nobody will take advantage of them. Hell, most people still won’t, but I digress.

The word “Yeonghwa” means “film” in Korean (something I would do well to remember), and this series playing at the Museum of Modern Art from September 20th to the 30th has quite a variety of films. I have no idea what any of them are, but the list of names includes A Fish, Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist, and Jesus Hospital. So whatever those things are, it seems like it’s going to be pretty awesome. 

Below you can find the press release with a schedule and all that good stuff, but for real information you should head over to the series’ website over at The Korea Society’s website, which has all of the stuff that you’re actually looking for if you’ve read this far.

New York is so great.  


Opening Reception  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 6-8 PM

The Korea Society

950 Third Avenue, @ 57th Street, 8th Floor, NYC

We invite you to a reception celebrating the opening of: Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today, a film series at MoMA 

showcasing the work of eleven of Korea’s best known contemporary filmmakers.

The evening will feature special remarks by directors Hong Sang-soo (In Another Country) and Lee Sang-cheol (Jesus Hospital). Please join us for an evening of film and refreshments!


September 19–30, 2012

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters


 ‘Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today’ opens from September 19 to 30 at MoMA this year. The third edition of ‘Yeonghwa’ includes several distinctive contemporary narratives – from superior genre films to unclassifiable features by some of Korea’s renegade filmmakers – along with two features, drawn from MoMA’s collection, by Korean film pioneer Shin Sang-ok. Among the thirteen films, many of which US premiers, is In Another Country(2012),Hong Sang-soo, a favorite of film critics and international film festival programmers, makes one of his most charming, gentle and graceful comedies. Premiered at Cannes 2012, it is recently acquired by Kino International, and will be released theatrically in NY. Before then it’ll be premiered at MoMA on September 20, and Hong Sang-soo will introduce the film, and will be ready for Q & A with audiences. Other highlights include very tense emotional drama, Jesus Hospital(2011), which director Lee Sang-cheol will be attended the screening, and Helpless(2012) which ‘From Beyond Hollywood’ magazine said ‘Helpless is definitely a superior Korean mystery suspenser’.

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‘Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today’ will present the following films:

Mayumi (Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist) 1990., 120 min

Director: Shin Sang-ok. With Kim Seo-ra, Choi Yoon-seok, Lee Hak-jae

Wednesday, September 19, 2012,  4:00 p.m., T2

Sarangbang Sonnimgwa Eomeoni (Mother and A Guest) 1961, 103 min

Director: Shin Sang-ok. With Kim Jin-kyu, Choi Eun-hee, Kim Hee-kap, Do Kum-bong

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:00 p.m., T2

Da-reun na-ra-e-suh (In Another Country) 2012, 89 min

Director: Hong Sang-soo. With Isabelle Huppert, Moon Sung-guen, Kwon Hye Hyo, Jung Yu Mi

Thursday, September 20, 2012,  7:00 p.m., T1

Hwa-cha (Helpless) 2012, 117 min

Director: Byun Young-joo. With Lee Sun-kyun, Kim Min-hee, Cho Seong-ha, Kim Byeol.

Thursday, September 20, 2102, 4:30 p.m., T1/Saturday, September 22, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1

Beul-la-in-deu (Blind) 2011, 111 min

Director: Ahn Sang-hoon. With Kim Ha-neul, Yoo Seung-ho, Jo Hee-bong, Yang Yeong-jo.

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2:00 p.m., T1/Monday, September 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m., T1  

Mir-wol-do Ga-neun Gil (Mirage) 2011, 83 min.

Director: Yang Jeong-ho. With Mun Jeong-ung, Kim Chang-hwan, Shin Jae-seung.

Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:30 p.m., T1/Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1

Jool-tak-dong-si (Stateless Things) 2012, 118 min.

Director: Kim Kyung-mook. With Paul Lee, Yeom Hyun-jun, Kim Sae-byeok, Lim Hyung-kook. Sunday, September 23, 2012, 5:30 p.m., T1/Friday, September 28, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1

Ming-keu-ko-teu (Jesus Hospital) 2011, 91 min.

Director: Lee Sang-cheol, Shin A-ga. With Hwang Jeong-min, Han Song-hee, Kim Mi-hyang, Lee Jong-yoon. Friday, September 21, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1/Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 4:30 p.m., T1

Mulgogi (A Fish) 2011, 105 min

Director: Park Hong-min. With Lee Jang-hoon, Kim Sun-bin, Choi So-eun.

Saturday, September 22, 2012,  5:00 p.m., T1/Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 4:30 p.m., T1

Pung-san-gae (Poongsan) 2011, 121 min

Director: Jeon Jae-hong. With Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Gyu-ri, Kim Jong-soo, Han Gi-jung.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1/Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5:00 p.m., T1

Ping-keu (Pink) 2011, 97 min.

Director:  Jeon Soo-il. With Lee Seung-yeon, Seo Kap-sook, Park Hyeon-woo, Kang San-eh

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m., T1/Saturday, September 29, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1

Varanasi (From Seoul to Varanasi) 2011, 96 min.

Director: Jeon Kyu-hwan. With Yoon Dong-hwan, Choi Won-jung, Shin Ye-an, Nollaig Walsh.

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 8:00 p.m., T1/Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:30 p.m., T1

Ji-ok-hwa (Fire in Hell) 2012, 99 min.

Director: Lee Sang-woo. With Won Tae-hee, Cha Seung-min, Kim Hun, Lee Yong-rye.

Friday, September 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m., T1/Sunday, September 30, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1

All films are from South Korea and in Korean with English subtitles

Theater: MoMA(The Museum of Modern Art) is located at 11 West 53th Street, New York, NY.  For theater information, call 212-708-9400, or visit www.moma.org.

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