Host & Guest

Bangmunja

Shin Dong-il

Korea 2005

CineStar 8 15.02. 21:45 (Eng. subtitles)
Arsenal 1 16.02. 15:00 (Ger. subtitles)
Delphi Filmpalast 17.02. 21:30 (Ger. subtitles)
Colosseum 1 18.02. 20:00 (Ger. subtitles)

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Ho-jun is a cynical intellectual in his thirties whose attempts to gain a full professorship repeatedly fail. Gye-sang is a young man in his twenties who chooses prison over military service as a result of his religious beliefs. They become tangled up in an unusual bond and strange brotherhood through their life-changing experience of encountering each other. "Ho-jun is a character who is clearly his own worst enemy. But he's not the only enemy in this picture. Images of U.S. President-Select George W. Bush make a few appearances and his image is mocked and ridiculed at each moment. Bush II's arrogance and willful ignorance, which has caused so much harm and chaos in our world presently, is paralleled with South Korea's own brand of conservative nationalism and Christianity that allow cover for things such as a war in Iraq based on false pretenses. Ho-jun is just as willing to deface images of South Korea's nation­alism as he is images of Bush II. But, as Ho-jun will learn from Gye-sang, as much as these humiliations from afar provide catharsis for his wounded self and wounded world, they are a far distance from the stands that need to be taken when we are called to the stand." Adam Hartzell

 

Production: LJ Film, Seoul

World Sales: CJ Entertainment

Screenplay: Shin Dong-il

Cinematographer: Park Joo-han

Art Design: Jung Hyo-young

Editor: Moon In-dae

Cast: Kim Jae-rok, Kang Ji-hwan

Format, screen ratio: 35mm, 1:1.85, Color

Running time: 92 minutes, 24 frames/sec.

Language: Korean