STOKER Director Park Chan-wook Appears at Retrospective Opening at Moving Image Today

J.S.A: Joint Security Area
Dir. Park Chan-wook. 2000, 110 mins. With Lee Yeong-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Kim Tae-woo. An incident in the JSA (the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea) leaves two North Korean border guards dead and one South Korean wounded. The Swiss-Korean woman officer heading the neutral enquiry into the skirmish gets nowhere until she stumbles upon a history of secret fraternization between some of the border guards on both sides. J.S.A.: Joint Security Area is an engrossing political thriller about murder, betrayal, and forbidden friendship along the heavily patrolled, mine-laden DMZ. The highly acclaimed J.S.A.: Joint Security Area became the highest grossing film in Korea, and won several Grand Bell awards-South Korea's equivalent of the Oscar.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 3:00 P.M.
Dir. Park Chan-wook. 2002, 129 mins. With Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Lim Ji-Eun. The first film in Park's Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance trails a punky deaf-mute who desperately attempts to secure money for a kidney transplant his ailing sister badly needs. Because his blood type is incompatible and no donors are available, he turns to a group of black-market organ dealers who offer to find a matching kidney in return for one of his, plus ten million won. When the dealers rip him off, Ryu conspires with his girlfriend, a political activist, to kidnap his former boss' young daughter and ransom her for the ten million won.

Lady Vengeance
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 6:00 P.M.
Dir. Park Chan-wook. 2005, 112 mins. With Lee Yeong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Kim Shi-hoo, Kwon Yea-young. The third and final film of Park's Vengeance Trilogy, Lady Vengeance follows the story of Lee Geum-ja, a woman imprisoned for a crime she did not commit. Lee seeks revenge on the true murderer, who blackmailed her to take the blame for his crime and kidnapped her daughter. With the support of former prison inmates, Lee seeks an unattained redemption with her vengeance. Lady Vengeance features a breakout performance by Lee Yeong-ae in the title role (an American remake starring Charlize Theron has been announced).

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