London Korean Film Festival 2017

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A Bittersweet Life A Bittersweet Life
A Bittersweet Life and Nowhere To Hide
A Bittersweet Life (Dal Kom Han In Saeng) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2005; Director: Kim Ji-woon; Writer: Kim Ji-woon; Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Mina, Kim Young-chul, Whang Jung-min, Kim Roi-ha, Moon Ching-hyuk, Lee Ki-young, Oh Dalsoo, Jin Gu, Kim Hae-gon)
A tale of revenge, infidelity and gangland warfare in South Korea.
Black Hair (Geomeun meori) (Country: South Korea; Year: 1964; Director: Lee Man-hui; Writer: Han Woo-jeong; Stars: Moon Jeong-suk, Lee Dae-yeob, Dok Ko-seong, Lee Hae-ryong, Jang Dong-he)
Noir about the plight of a gang chief's mistress.
Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2015; Director: Han Jun-hee ; Writer: Han Jun-hee ; Stars: Kim Hye-su, Kim Go-eun, Park Bo-gum, Eom Tae-goo, Go Kyung-pyo, Lee Sang-hee)
A baby found in a subway station locker is raised by a crime boss.
Dead End (Bimyong tosi) (Country: South Korea; Year: 1993; Director: Kim Sung-soo; Stars: Ahn Eun-mi, Kim Ki-ho, Kim Mi-kyung)
Short.
Die Bad (Jukgeona hokeun nabbeugeona) (Year: 2000; Director: Ryoo Seung-wan; Writer: Ryoo Seung-wan; Stars: Seong-bin Park, Seung-beom Ryu, Jung-shik Bae, Ju-bong Gi, Jae-yeong Jeong, Won-hie Lim, Seung-wan Ryoo)
Die Bad is a hard-boiled action movie in four parts, all of which deal with a society plagued by violence.
Green Fish Green Fish
Green Fish and New World
A Dirty Carnival (Biyeolhan geori) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2006; Director: Yu Ha ; Writer: Yu Ha; Stars: Ho-jin Chun, In-jae Heo, Yoon Jae-Moon, Ku Jin, Byeong-chun Kim, Yun-Hee Kim, Tae-won Kwon, Bo-young Lee, Jong-hyeok Lee, Min Nam-koong, In-sung Zo)
Byung-doo takes on a high-risk mission to pay the bills for his widowed mother and siblings. But when he succeeds, he finds himself quickly rising through the ranks of South Korea's organized crime world, paving the way for this exceptional saga of greed, betrayal, violence and tragedy. The literal translation of the Korean title is "mean streets".
Green Fish (Chorok Mulkogi) (Country: South Korea; Year: 1997; Director: Lee Chang-dong; Writer: Lee Chang-dong; Stars: Han Suk-Kyu, Shim Hye-Jin, Moon Sung-Keun)
A young man finds himself caught up in a Korean gang.
Kilimanjaro (Country: South Korea; Year: 2000; Director: Oh Seung-uk; Writer: Hur Jin-ho; Stars: Park Shin-yang, Ahn Sung-ki, Jeong Eun-pyo, Choi Seon-jung, Kim Seung-cheol, Gi Ju-bong, PArk Won-sang, Sa Hyeon-jin )
A cop, whose identical twin is a gangster, gets into trouble when he visits their hometown.
The Last Witness (Choehuui jeung-in) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2016; Director: Lee Doo-yong; Writer: Kim Sang-Jung; Stars: Hah Myung-joong, Jeong Yun-hui, Choi Bool-am, Hyun Kil-soo, Han Hye-sook)
A detective is entrusted with reopening an unsolved murder case, with the trail of evidence leading all the way back to the Korean War.
The Merciless (Year: 2017; Director: Byun Sung-hyun; Writer: Byun Sung-hyun; Stars: Kyoung-gu Sul, Si-wan Yim)
New World (Sin-Se-Gae) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2013; Director: Park Hoon-jung ; Writer: Park Hoon-jung ; Stars: Choi Il-hwa, Choi Min-sik, Hwang Jeong-min)
After the untimely death of Korea’s biggest crime syndicate chairman, power struggle between top lieutenants begins.
Nowhere To Hide (Injong Sajong Polkot Opta, Injeong Sajeong Bol Geot Eobtda) (Country: Korea; Year: 1999; Director: Lee Myung-se; Writer: Lee Myung-se; Stars: Park Joong-Hoon, Ahn Sung-kee, Jang Dong-Kun, Choi Ji-Woo)
Korean action thriller that almost makes up in style what it lacks in substance.
The Rules Of The Game (Country: South Korea; Year: 1994; Director: ang Hyun-soo; Stars: Park Joong-hoon, Lee Gyoung-young, Oh Yeon-soo)
A small-town thug travels to Seoul with the intention of joining the most violent mob gang.
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