Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The President's Last Bang (2005)

The President’s Last Bang (2005)

February 12th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

Since the ascendence of South Korean film to a major, internationally popular world cinema starting in the late 1990's probably the most controversial film to come out of this wellspring is a strange black comedy/drama called The President’s Last Bang. It recounts the events of the Assassination of President Park Chung-hee, the head of South Korea’s Military government by his domestic intelligence chief.

The film was initially banned but was later allowed to be released in its uncensored form. The varied interpretations surrounding these events is still able to bring about strong passions in modern South Korea and the film does not shy away from offering its own interpretations.

South Korea, Director Im Sang-Soo, Cast Han Suk-Kyu, Baek Yub-Shik, Jeong Won-Jung, Song Jae-Ho and Kim Eung-Soo, 104 minutes, in Korean with English subtittles.

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