Lee Chang Dong Retrospective

Luna Films is proud to present 4 incisive works from acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang Dong. Author, Ex-Minister of Culture, and multi-award winning director Lee Changdong started out relatively late in the film world but became a top director with films like PEPPERMINT CANDY (1999), OASIS (2002), SECRET SUNSHINE (2007). SECRET SUNSHINE was shown in competition, Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and won its Actress Jeon Do-yeon (Th…e HOUSEMAID) the Prix d’interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Best Actress). In 2010, the director’s latest film POETRY won the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes Film Festival 2010.

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VENUE > ALLIANCE FRANCAISE THEATRE, Singapore 258130
DURATION > 20 July 2011 (Wednesday) – 25 July 2011 (Monday)
URL > http://filmfestival.lunafilms.com.sg

Tickets available through TICKETBOOTH at all AXS machines and ticketbooth.com.sg

Full Price: $12.00
Seniors Citizen/SFS Card Holders: $11.00*
NSF/Students: $9.00*

Note: Price inclusive of ticketing fees
*For Senior Citizen/SFS/NSF/Students, concession tickets are available on our Ticketbooth Outlets Only.

Bulk Discount – For each film, buy 3 or more tickets, get each ticket at S$11.00 per ticket for the film session

Retrospective Pass – Buy a set of 4 tickets (one ticket for each film) at $40. Purchase of this pass is only available at Ticketbooth Outlets Only.

Poetry

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* 2010 – Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
* 2011 – Best Director, Best Screenplay Asian Film Awards

Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive mind. By chance she takes a ‘poetry’ class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first time in her life.

Her quest for poetic inspiration begins with observing the everyday life she never intentional took notice of before to find beauty within it. And with this, Mija is delightfully surprised with newfound trepidation as if she were a little girl discovering things for the first time in her life.

But when she is suddenly faced with a reality harsh beyond her imagination, she realizes perhaps life is not as beautiful as she had thought it is…

Secret Sunshine

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* 2007 – Best Actress (won by Jeon Do-yeon), Cannes Film Festival
* 2008 – Best Film, Best Director, Asian Film Awards

Having recently lost her husband, piano teacher Shin Ae (Jeon Do Yeon) moves to her husband’s hometown of Milyang. Still in a fragile state in grief, she takes solace in her friendship with rough-voiced, but kind-hearted local Jong Chan (Song Kang Ho). In love with Shin Ae, he follows her around and helps her settle into her new home. Life abandons Shin Ae once more though when her son is abducted and murdered. She then takes refuge in religion and, devoting herself to Christianity, slowly begins to heal. To find closure, she visits her child’s murderer in prison to tell him she has forgiven him, but what he says in reply…

Oasis

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* 2003 – FIPRESCI Prize, Special Director\’s Award, Golden Lion (Nominated),Venice Film Festival
* 2003 – Chief Dan George Humanitarian Award,Vancouver International Film Festival

Jong-du, who has three previous convictions, pays a visit to the family of the victim in the hit-and run accident for which he served time and meets Gong-ju, the daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Jong-du is fascinated by her at first sight and visits her again when he knows she is alone. Trying to reassure and pacify the terrified young woman, he loses control and tries to rape her, stopping only when she faints. But he has left his workshop phone number in her room, and Gong-ju knows where to find him. To Jong-du’s amazement, she calls him and invites him to visit her again. Over a series of clandestine meetings, the handicapped young woman and the feckless young man come to fall in love with each other. However their love is not one that is understood by anyone else.

Peppermint Candy

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* 2000 – Netpac Award – Special Mention, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2000 – Special Prize of the Jury, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

“Peppermint Candy” spans 20 years in the life of one man, Yongho, from his callow teens to his fraught and self-hating middle age. Called up for military service in 1980, he has the misfortune to be part of the force sent to quell the popular uprising in Kwangju-which means he is involved in the Korean equivalent of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Emotionally and psychologically blighted, he joins the police after leaving the army and becomes an expert in torturing arrested leftists. He brutally rejects the childhood sweetheart who has come looking for him, bringing the peppermint candies because he used to love them. The film’s seven chapters are presented in reverse-chronological order, so it begins with Yongho’s middle-aged death wish and ends with his first date with the only person he ever really cares for…

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