Korean Cinema Now

Microhabitat

Microhabitat

Sat Jan 19 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!

Perhaps the most impressive Korean debut at Busan this year, the thoughtful and entertaining Microhabitat is a convincing showcase for star Esom and and an even more impressive calling card for director Jeon Go-woon, who becomes the first woman in the Gwanghwamun Cinema group to helm a feature, and her debut may well be the collective’s best yet. Miso is a 31-year-old housekeep

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Believer

Believer

Sat Jan 26 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!
‘Believer’ is a wild and boisterous crime drama that’s evenly split between romanticizing the back-and-forth between cops and robbers, and lamenting the pointlessness of that endless pursuit. Directed by Lee Hae-young, a rising talent whose distaste for half-measures was already on full display in his previous work (e.g. 2015’s “The Silenced”), the film espouses a v

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The Fortress

The Fortress

Sat Feb 9 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!
In 1636, the Qing dynasty attacks Joseon. King Injo and his retainers, including Choi Myung-kil and Kim Sang-hun, hide in the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong. They are isolated from the outside. Meanwhile, Choi Myung-kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, but Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.

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Little Forest

Little Forest

Sat Feb 16 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!
Hye-Won (Kim Tae-Ri) gets tired of her difficult life in the city and moves back to her hometown in the countryside. There, she heals her emotional wounds with the help of her long-time friends, nature and food.

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After My Death

After My Death

Sat Mar 16 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!
A female high school student (Jeon So-Nee) goes missing. Her body or any evidence of her disappearance cannot be found, but the girl is suspected of having jumped off a bridge to her death. One of her classmates, Young-Hee (Jeon Yeo-Bin) learns she was the last person to see her alive. The missing girl’s mother (Seo Young-Hwa) quickly throws accusations at Young-Hee. Soon, Young-

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I Can Speak

I Can Speak

Sat Mar 23 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!
Civil Servant Park Min-Jae (Lee Je-Hoon) gets transferred to a new district in Seoul. He is a young man of principle and diligent at his job. At his new ward office, Park Min-Jae gets inundated with civil complaints by grumpy, elderly resident Na Ok-Boom (Na Moon-Hee). He tries to appease her as best as he can. Meanwhile, Na Ok-Boom practices English when she’s not working at her

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The Spy Gone North

The Spy Gone North

Sat Apr 13 at 1pm at the Michigan. Part of the KOREAN CINEMA NOW Film Series presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Free and open to the public!
In 1993, reports emerge that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons. Former South Korean military officer Park Suk-Young (Hwang Jung-Min) is recruited by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to infiltrate the highest ranks in North Korea and learn about their program. He is given the code name “Black Venus.” Besides Park Suk-Young, only the South Korean President and

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