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WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 15, 2002

Kolors Film Festival portrays diversity of Korean cinema April 19, 20

The Kolors Third Annual Korean Film Festival comes to The University of Iowa Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, to bring diverse aspects of Korean culture as portrayed in Korean films to the UI and Iowa City communities.

On Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, five films will be screened in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB). Short discussions and informational sessions will precede each film, prizes will be given away and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The film festival will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, with opening remarks and the film, "The Foul King." Film critic Kevin Feng Yee describes it as a "seductive, hilarious, physical, romantic, comedy that mirrors every average man's need for empowerment, nourishment and the occasional escape from the cruel real world."

Kolors is the UI Korean Communication Studies Group, which was organized in 1999 by Korean students. One of its goals was to increase understanding of Korean cinema, culture and society to the UI by hosting an annual film festival.

"The goal of the film festival is to introduce the community to Korean people, culture and society by showing how it is portrayed in contemporary Korean films," said James Lee, president of Kolors.

In addition to Kolors, sponsors of the festival include the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), Cinema and Comparative Literature, the Institute for Cinema and Culture, International Programs, the Korean Student Association (KSA) and the UI Student Government (UISG).

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of the films, call James Lee at 319-621-4241 or send e-mail to james-lee-1@uiowa.edu

Following is a schedule for the Kolors 3rd Korean Film Festival:

Friday, April 19, 2002:

5:30 p.m.: Opening Event and introducing the festival

5:50 p.m.: "The Foul King" (2000, Director: Ji-Woon Kim)

Winner of the Audience Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival, "The Foul King" is the story of Dae-Ho, a shy banker perpetually bullied by his boss, ridiculed by street gangs, neglected by women, and given up on by his father. Dae-Ho escapes from his reality by wrestling behind the fearsome image of the masked foul king.

8 p.m.: "Memento Mori" (1999, Directors: Tae-Yong Kim, Kyu-Dong Min)

One morning Min-Ah finds a diary kept by two other girls known in the school for their oddly close relationship. That afternoon, one of the girls, Hyo-Shin, commits suicide for an unknown reason and Min-Ah begins to feel possessed by the dead girl's spirit. This film tells the tale of what it is to be a high school student in Korea and of being a 17-year-old woman in a male-oriented society.

Saturday, April 20

2 p.m.: "Attack the Gas Station" (1999, Director: Sang-Jin Kim)

Four friends decide to rob a gas station for fun and lead the owner and two employees through a series of events, teaching the three an entirely new mode of existence. The entire movie is set in a gas station in the middle of the city in the middle of the night. It satirizes how the rigid social strata of modern Korea has contributed to the country's recent turmoil.

4:20 p.m.: "Bungee Jumping of Their Own" (2001, Director: Dae-SeungKim)

In the summer of 1983 In-Woo, a university student, falls in love with Tae-Hee. Farewell comes quickly and unexpectedly and although In-Woo waits for Tae-Hee at the platform where he is to leave for military service, Tae-Hee doesn't arrive until 17 years later. This film gives a new spin to Buddhism in cinema, without mentioning it outright.

6:30 p.m.: "Peppermint Candy" (2000, Director: Chang-Dong Lee)

This film depicts a man's life in seven chapters. Young-Ho is a crazed 40-year-old man who shows up unexpectedly at a reunion party of a group of former factory workers. He climbs onto a railroad bridge, and as he is about to jump into the path of an approaching train, shouts, "I'm going back!" In reverse chronology from 1999 to 1979, the film shows the most important moments of his life. The film takes the viewer through South Korea's recent volatile history.

8:50 p.m.: Closing Event

For more information, visit the Kolors web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~kolors.