Goryeojang, dir. Kim Ki-young, 1963, 87 min., Korean with English subtitles
This newly restored version of Goryeojang (1963) is a prime example of director Kim Ki-young’s bold filmmaking. Released to celebrate the centenary of the director’s birth, the restoration includes the only surviving sound from the original alongside subtitles crafted from the screenplay.
Set in a famine-ravaged Korean village that practises Goryeojang – the mythical custom of abandoning one’s parents in the mountains once they reach old age – the film follows a variety of characters and their struggle for survival. Rather than shy away from the brutal and grotesque sides of human nature, Kim embraces difficult themes with his typically dark sense of humour.
This screening is introduced by independent film programmer Herb Shellenberger.
Screening as part of the LKFF 2019’s ‘Special Focus’: A Century of Korean Cinema.