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
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.