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Korean Cinema Now

Free admission! Presented by the UM Nam Center for Korean Studies

Korean Cinema Now is a supreme platform for contemporary Korean cinema, screening the diversity and vitality of one of the most exciting world cinemas in the 21st century. Korean Cinema Now spans the length of the winter term, and showcases the best and brightest of contemporary popular Korean cinema.

Boomerang Family

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Films, NCKS | Comments Off

Boomerang Family

Saturday, January 31 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Film director In-mo (Park Hae-il) is a 40-year-old movie director who’s been jobless for the past decade after his debut film was a commercial and artistic flop. Mired in poverty and depressed at his wife’s affair, he decides to hang himself. But a well-timed call from his mother (Yoon Yeo-jeong) inviting him to dinner results in a change of plans. Instead of killing himself, he decides to move in to his...

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The Divine Move

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Films, Korean Cinema Now, NCKS | Comments Off

The Divine Move

Saturday, February 14 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Professional baduk player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his seven-year sentence, he gets in touch with his brother’s former associate “Tricks,” hermit and blind master player “The Lord,” and skillful junkyard owner...

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Kundo: Age of the Rampant

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Films, Korean Cinema Now, NCKS | Comments Off

Kundo: Age of the Rampant

Saturday, February 21 at 2 PM.  Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Directed by Jong-bin Yun, this Korean period action film was a box office hit. In the last days of the Joseon Dynasty (1859), the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits – calling themselves KUNDO – rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the...

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My Brilliant Life

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My Brilliant Life

Saturday, March 14 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. My Brilliant Life (Dugeun Dugeun Nae Insaeng; lit. “My Palpitating Life”) is a 2014 South Korean drama film starring Kang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo and Jo Sung-mok. It is co-written and directed by E J-yong based on the 2011 novel My Palpitating Life by Kim Aeran. Immature and clumsy Dae-soo and beautiful but foul-mouthed Mi-ra were both 17-year-old teenagers when Mi-ra became pregnant. Their son Ah-reum was...

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The Admiral: Roaring Currents

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The Admiral: Roaring Currents

Saturday, March 21 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The film revolves around the titular Battle of Myeongnyang circa 1597, regarded as one of legendary Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin’s most remarkable naval victories, in which he led the only 12 ships remaining in his command to a heroic victory against an invading Japanese fleet numbering 330 vessels.   Directed by Kim Han-min. 2014. 127...

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Whistle Blower

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Whistle Blower

Saturday, April 11 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. A journalist gets an anonymous call which denounces that Dr. LEE, the world’s first stem-cell founder is involved in an illegal ovum purchase, and soon gets to know the tremendous truth hidden in his lab. Directed by Yim Soon-rye. 2014. 14...

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A Hard Day

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A Hard Day

Saturday, January 17 at 2 PM. Free admission! Part of Korean Cinema Now presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Homicide detective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day, and the following events happen to him in less than 24 hours: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother passes away. He and his coworkers are investigated by police inspectors over alleged embezzlement. Then on his way to his mother’s funeral, he drives recklessly and commits a fatal hit and run. He tries to cover-up the accident by hiding the...

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