The Korea Society presents a retrospective of the work of Choi Min-sik, one of Korea's most recognizable contemporary actors, as part of our ongoing "Korean Cinema Now" program with MoMI (the Museum of Moving Image).
Choi Min-sik had numerous television roles, but his big break came in 1999 when he played a cold-blooded North Korean soldier in "Shiri" (Dir. Kang Je-gyu) and suddenly gained a reputation as one of Korea's finest actors. His acting dominates the silver screen, but his characters have more than charisma. In "Failan", he played a thug, married to a Chinese woman out of convenience, but who sheds tears of regret when his "fake" wife dies. In "Chihwaseon", for which Im Kwon-taek won the Best Director Prize at the 55th Cannes Film Festival, he played the famous nineteenth-century Korean painter Jang Seung-up. In 2004, Choi returned to Cannes when director Park Chan-woo's bloody revenge epic, "Old Boy", won the Grand Prix-award. Choi's impassioned and robust acting can seize an audience's heart, and he is now known to film buffs worldwide.
"Old Boy" (2003, 120 min.)
4 PM Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Museum of the Moving Image
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