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Sept. 20, 2005

Kolors Film Festival Presents Retrospective Of Korean Directors Sept. 23-25

The sixth annual Kolors Korean Film Festival, "Two Directors," will feature almost every film, including rarely screened shorts, by two major contemporary Korean directors who are currently participants in the University of Iowa's celebrated International Writing Program.

Five feature films and five short films by Kim Jee-woon and Yim Phil-sung will be screened Sept. 23-25 in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB). All films will be shown with English subtitles, and all screenings are free and open to the public. Babysitters will be provided for people with small children since some of the content would not be suitable for young audiences.

The festival will include many local premieres, including "A Bittersweet Life" (2005), Kim's beautifully filmed contribution to Korea's recent cycle of gangster films, and "Antarctic Journal" (2005), Yim's surreal debut feature about a doomed Antarctic expedition, featuring a remarkable ensemble of Korea's best contemporary actors. The festival will also include Kim's influential debut feature, the black comedy "The Quiet Family" (1998, winner of the Best Film at Fantasporto Film Festival, and already remade in Japan) and his groundbreaking mystery "A Tale of Two Sisters" (2003, winner of the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress Awards at Portugal's Fantasporto Film Festival and the Grand Prix at France's Gerardmer International Fantasy Film Festival). The festival will also screen Kim's "The Foul King" (2000), a unique and popular comedy set in the world of professional wrestling.

This event is a rare occasion to view these "must-see" features from the internationally celebrated New Korean Cinema as well as a special screening of short films by each director, including Kim's surprising "Coming Out" (2001) and Yim's "Mobil," a shocking tale based on an unbelievable yet true story.

The festival will include a special roundtable discussion with both directors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at 203 BCSB, offering audiences the unique opportunity to discuss the films in the festival with their creators.

Kolors, the UI Korean & Korean American Students Group, is responsible for hosting the much-anticipated annual film festival. Through its efforts, it seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of Korean cinema, culture and society at the University of Iowa and among the local community. 

"These films represent the cutting edge of contemporary Korean cinema whose unique blending of reality and fantasy perhaps takes us to the heart of our own surreal time," said Kwak Yung-Bin, executive programming director of the festival, "No one should miss this festival for this will be the first and perhaps the last occasion to see almost all of these films together with their creators. A public screening of their distinctive and often witty shorts is an especially rare event."

In addition to Kolors, sponsors of the festival include the International Writing Program (IWP), the Freeman Foundation, the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), the Institute for Cinema and Culture and International Programs.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these films, contact Joonseok Choi at 319-331-5744, or

More information on the festival, including synopses of the films is available online:

Following is a schedule for the 6th Kolors Korean Film Festival:

Friday, Sept. 23

5:30 p.m.: "Antarctic Journal" (2005, dir. Yim Phil-sung, 115min, DVD)

8 p.m.: "A Bittersweet Life" (2005, dir. Kim Jee-woon, 119min, 35mm)

Saturday, Sept. 24

10 a.m.: Short Films

"So Nyeon Gi" (dir. Yim Phil-sung, 1998, 23min, VHS), "Baby" (dir. Yim Phil-sung, 1999, 39min, 35mm), "Mobil" (dir. Yim Phil-sung, 2004, 13min, VHS), "Coming Out" (dir. Kim Jee-woon, 2001, 45m, DVD) and "Memories" (dir. Kim Jee-woon, 2002, 39min, DVD)

1:30 p.m.: "The Foul King" (2000, dir. Kim Jee-woon, 116 minutes, 35mm); Winner of the Audience Award, the Udine Far East Film Festival (Italy)

4 p.m.: "A Tale of Two Sisters" (2003, dir. Kim Jee-woon, 115min, 35mm); Winner of the Best Film, the Best Director, and the Best Actress Award at Fantasporto Film Festival (Portugal) and the Grand Prix at the Gerardmer International Fantasy Film Festival (France)

6:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion with director Kim Jee-woon and Yim Phil-sung in 203 BCSB (Moderator: Kwak Yung-Bin, UI film studies graduate student)

Sunday, Sept. 25

1:30 p.m.: "The Quiet Family" (1998, dir. Kim Jee-woon, 103min, 35mm); Winner of the Best Film Award at the Fantasporto Film Festival (Portugal)

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Joonseok Choi at 319-331-5744, or