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MoMa NYC showcases KIM Ki-duk films

2008/04/24 | 554 views | Permalink | Source

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) will screen Kim Ki-duk films from April 23 until May 8 to New York City audiences. Fourteen films of the maverick filmmaker will be on display, making it the first complete retrospective of KIM's repertoire in the U.S. and some of the films will have their U.S. premiere at MoMa.

MoMa describes KIM's body of work as "sensuous, sensational imagery and wild and haunting narratives" and praises his "sweeping camera movements and long, richly composed shots".

Among KIM's best known films in the U.S. are "the libidinous "The Isle" (2000), the Buddhist-inflected "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2003), and an elliptical treatise on invisibility, "3-Iron" (2004)".

The retrospective is organised by MoMa's Department of Film Senior Curator Laurence Kardish, and HAHN Dong-sin of Open Work, New York. The showcase is made possible through numerous parties, including the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). MoMa previously organised retrospectives of Im Kwon-taek and other Korean directors.

Kim Ki-duk is an internationally celebrated and awarded independent filmmaker whose films are invited by the major international film festivals. In Korea, the controversial director met criticism for creating an exotic image of Korea for a foreign audience.

The American film website Killer Film's 'Top 10 most difficult films to watch (but still insanely awesome)' list includes KIM's "The Isle" (Seom). Killer Film explains that it's "one of the strangest love stories ever made" and jokes that there is no need to worry about a Hollywood remake of "The Isle". KIM is in the company of directors like Gus van Sant and Takeshi Miike, and films like The Blair Witch Project and Hard Candy.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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