February 27, 2013

Korean Micro-Budget weirdness set to hit New York

In the mood for some quirky Korean madness? Then why not head down to New York and catch these films that are showing as part of Korean Movie Night? Offered up by the Korean Cultural Service, series two is the Micro-Budget Genre Invasion and has four films playing from March 12th to April 30th. And, the best news is that they are all free! More details below.

Korean Movie Night
from March 12, 2013 – April 30, 2013
courtesy of the Korean Cultural Service
Every other Tuesday @ 7pm
Tribeca Cinemas
(54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops) 
Price: FREE
All seating is first-come, first served.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
Series Two:
Micro-Budget Genre Invasion!
The Korean Cultural Service has previously offered up plenty of micro-budget cinema, as well as the best in Korea’s genre offerings… but this Spring, we’re combining the two – and delivering New York four of the country’s most exciting micro-budgeted action, science fiction, and horror films!
Studios around the world are notorious for toying around movies, breaking away from directors’ visions and creating projects that will appeal to the masses. Micro-budget films, financed by brave individuals rather than companies, offer the total opposite: creative, strange, and boundary-pushing movies that no studio in their right mind would create! We’re talking about wildest, weirdest genre films you can imagine – from Korea’s undisputed kings of micro-budgets!
Get ready for an invasion, New York City… because you’re about to go up against crazed criminals, lovelorn time travelers, brain-hungry zombies, and a pair of extra-terrestrial beachwear! It doesn’t get much stranger than this!

Invasion of Alien Bikini director Oh Young-Doo and star Hong Young-Geun re-team for this intense dramatic adventure, presented by Kaizo Hayashi, director of Japan’s Yubari Film Festival.
This time around, Young Gun is a detective drawn to a mysterious woman with a startling personal request. After turning her down, he follows the starlet out of his office, only to see her killed in a violent car accident. Traumatized, he’s soon shocked to see the same woman appear before him, begging him to find a way back in time, so that he might save her life. Young Gun has only three days to complete his task… but first, he’s gonna need to find a time machine!
Financed for an amazing $45,000, more than half of Young Gun in the Time’s budget came from a Yubari cash prize!

Writer/director Ji Ha-Jean turns the Korean revenge film on its head with this outlandish 2011 spectacle, featuring a wild new take on a tried and true genre. When a nameless man is sprung from prison, he embarks on a bloody, vengeful mission to take down a criminal known only as “Ghostface” – spiraling himself into a series of wild, violent quests that leaves no one who meets him unscathed. A fragmented narrative and smooth jazz soundtrack made Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley one of the most surreal adventures you’ll ever embark upon.
A huge hit at last year’s New York Asian Film Festival, this $35,000 film took “Best Korean Independent Film” at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and won “Best Asian Genre Film of the Year” from the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation!

New York Premiere
Young Gun (Hong Young-Geun) is a virgin vigilante, determined to do the right thing as he wanders the city streets at night. A self-proclaimed protector of the people (and occasionally picking up the wayward scrap of trash), he risks his life for the good of his oblivious metropolis. One night, after saving a lovely young woman and bringing her back to his apartment, Young Gun’s chastity becomes threatened: it turns out the lovely young woman is not of this Earth, and here one and only mission while here is to procreate and save her species!
A hilarious mix of comedy and science fiction, this raunchy, sexy romp from director Oh Young-Doo was shot for an unbelievable $4,500 – employing the assistance of family, friends, and anyone he could find to help bring his hilarious vision to life!
Join us for the New York Premiere of this critically-acclaimed indie gem, but leave the kids at home – this one’s a bit racy!
U.S. Premiere
Why should Americans have all the fun when it comes to zombie outbreaks? In this tongue-in-cheek 2009 thriller, Seoul is overrun with the walking dead – and the government says it’s time to wipe them out! A six-part comedy/horror anthology from four cutting-edge indie directors, The Neighbor Zombie follows an unbelievable outbreak as it spreads throughout Korea, examining the various people it affects in weird, wild ways. Shot for an amazing $18,000, it embodies the pinnacle of what a talented group of filmmakers can accomplish if they put their delicious, juicy brains together!

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