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Global Korea/South Korean Film Series: The Films of Ryoo Seung-wan - The City of Violence (Screening/Panel/Reception w/Director)

Event Type
Film Screening
film screening, panel discussion, south korea
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
School of Information Sciences, Room 126 (501 E Daniel St, Champaign)
Feb 15, 2019   4:00 - 7:30 pm  
Darcy Paquet (film critic), Molly Kim (film scholar/U of alumna), Ryu Seung-Wan (filmmaker)
Free and open to the public
Yuchia Chang
Originating Calendar
CEAPS Events Calendar

4 pm Panel Discussion: Darcy Paquet (film critic); Molly H. Kim (film scholar/UIUC alumna); Ryoo Seung-wan (director)

5 pm Screening: The City of Violence

6:30 pm Reception

1/28 Update: Director Ryoo's in-person visit has been cancelled due to visa delay. Video-conferencing will be arranged.

Ryoo Seung-wan wrote, directed, and starred in The City of Violence, an action film set in a fictionalized version of Ryoo’s hometown of Onyang. The movie opens when a policeman from Seoul returns to his hometown for a funeral of his childhood friend who has just been murdered. The policeman teams up with another old friend’s younger brother (played by Ryoo) to avenge his friends’ death. The film is most impressive for its intricately choreographed fight scenes. Jeong Du-hong, who plays the policeman is “Korea’s most famous action choreographer/stunt artist” (Kyu Hyun Kim), and this film is a spectacular display of his skills. (Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. 2006. 92 minutes. Korean w/ English subtitles.)


Influenced by Hong Kong action films from the 1970s, Ryoo Seung-wan’s thrilling films feature fast-paced plots and well-choreographed action scenes. His 2015 film, Veteran, sold more than 13 million tickets and is the fourth all-time highest-grossing film in Korean cinema history. Notable for bringing attention to pertinent social issues such as corruption and social inequality, Ryoo Seung-wan is a central figure in the thriving Korean film industry, attracting South Korea’s best actors for his films.

Related Program: 2/13 The Films of Ryoo Seung-wan: The Battleship Island


Presented in partnership with the Institute for Korean Studies at Indiana University and made possible by the Core University Program Grant from the Academy of Korean Studies and CJ Entertainment.

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