Ieoh Island, dir. Kim Ki-young, 1977, 110 min., Korean with English subtitles
Kim Ki-young’s renowned supernatural horror from 1977 has been hailed as the most bizarre Korean film of all time.
Following travel agent Hyun Sun-woo, the film’s complex narrative unfolds on Parang Island, where the men are cursed to die after their first son is born. As the audience learns through a series of intricate flashbacks (and often flashbacks within flashbacks), Sun-woo has been linked to the murder of journalist Cheon Nam-suk, committed en route to the mysterious Ioeh Island, which is said to beckon dead sailors. Laced with psychosexual drama and culminating in a legendary, still-shocking climax, Ieoh Island is rightfully praised as one of Kim Ki-young’s masterpieces.
This screening is introduced by Chris Berry, Professor of Film Studies at King's College London.
Screening as part of the LKFF 2019’s ‘Special Focus’: A Century of Korean Cinema
Tue, 12 Nov 2019
£13 Full, £11 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members.