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Sept. 7, 2004

Award-Winning Korean Films Featured In UI Seminar With Free, Public Screenings

A series of Korean films will be shown at the University of Iowa on Thursdays this semester as part of a seminar offered by the department of cinema and comparative literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Organized by Yung-Bin Kwak, a doctoral student in the cinema and comparative literature, the seminar meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building for film screenings. The screenings are free and open to the public, presenting a rare opportunity in Iowa City to view a broad range of Korean cinema, which has taken the international film world by storm in just the last decade, generating numerous prizes at international festivals.

Corey Creekmur, professor of cinema and comparative literature and director of the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, said that the popularity of the annual KOLORS Korean film festival organized by UI students was one factor in selecting Korean cinema for this fall's seminar.

"The very latest issues of the important film journals 'Sight and Sound' and 'Film Quarterly' both feature articles on recent Korean cinema, and a Korean film festival has just concluded in New York, so Iowa is really presenting a cutting-edge series this semester," he said.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you require accommodation to attend this event, or if you would like more information about the program, please call the UI Institute For Cinema & Culture at 335-1348.

Following is a schedule of film screenings:

Sept. 9: "The Aimless Bullet" (Yoo Hyun-Mok, 1961, 106min); voted Best Korean film of all time by Korean film critics in 2003

Sept. 16: "The Housemaid" (Kim Ki-Young, 1960, 92min) 35mm print; voted Second Best Korean film of all time by Korean film critics in 2003. Special guest Kyung-Hyun Kim, University of California at Irvine professor and author of "The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema" (Duke Univ. Press, 2004)

Sept. 23: "Old Boy" (Park Chan-Wook, 2004, 118min); winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival in 2004

Sept. 30: "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (Park Chan-Wook, 2002, 121min)

Oct. 7: "The Day a Pig Fell into the Well" (Hong Sang-Soo, 1996, 114min) 35mm print

Oct. 14: "The Power of Kangwon Province" (Hong Sang-Soo, 1998, 109min)

Oct. 21: "Christmas in August" (Huh Jin-Ho, 1998, 97min) 35mm print

Oct. 28: "Peppermint Candy" (Lee Chang-Dong, 1999, 127min)

Nov. 4: "Oasis" (Lee Chang-Dong, 2002, 132min); winner of the Special Director's Award & the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Performance at Venice Film Festival in 2002

Nov. 11: "Chunhyang" (Im Kwon-Taek, 2000, 119min)

Nov. 18: "Coachman" (Kang Dae-Jin, 1961, 95min); winner of the Silver Bear Award for Special Jury Prize at Berlin Film Festival in 1961

Dec. 2: "Samaria" (Kim Ki-Duk, 2004, 95min)

Dec. 9: "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" (Kim Ki-Duk, 2003, 103min) 35mm print; winner of the Silver Bear (the Best Director Award) at Berlin Film Festival in 2004

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