The Korean Cultural Centre in London is hosting another series of free film screenings and this one is called, Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema. The next film is The March of Fools from 1975 and it comes from Ha Gil-jong. It seems to be an important title in Korean film history. There’s a wealth of information out there thanks to different retrospectives and elements in the Korean film industry who are keen to promote some of their nation’s best works. If you cannot make it down to London, you can watch it legally on YouTube.
Here’s information on the first film in this season as pulled from the website and a clip from the film itself:
Hangul: 바보들의 행진
Running Time: 105 mins.
Release Date: May 31st, 1975
Director: Ha Gil-jong
Writer: Ha Gil-jong (Screenplay), Choi In-ho (Original Novel)
Starring: Yun Mun-seop, Ha Jae-young, Lee Young-ok, Kim Il-young, Kim Yeong-suk,
Synopsis from the website: In his My Korean Cinema, Kim hong-joon refers to The March of Fools as a film that made a profound impact upon him.The film was directed by Ha Gil-jong, a director who was known for being somewhat of a rebel himself and who unfortunately passed away all too soon. His film is about the dreams of youth and freedom, of love and possibility, but also of realising that life does not always turn out the way one had hoped.
Majoring in Philosophy at college, Byeong-tae becomes acquainted at a group meeting with Young-ja, who majors in French Literature. With the influence of rapidly propagated Western culture, these stylish 70s youngsters are dealing with the agonies of family, school and jobs. Though this agony is coloured with humour and self- scorn, it points towards a bright and promising future.
The March of Fools was recently deemed the best Korean film of all time in a KoFa poll of the top 100 Korean films.
The Korean Cultural Centre hosts this event, and others in the season for free. This is the final season of Korean Film Nights in 2017 so make the most of the free films on offer. The film will begin at 19:00. so you had better arrive early to get a seat. You can book tickets here. The location is:
Korean Cultural Centre UK