Director Lee’s second feature, Missing/Lost Child follows the desperate search of a single mother, Ji-sun (Eom Ji-won), recently separated from her physician husband, for her young daughter, Da-eun (Seo Ha-nee), who goes missing one day seemingly abducted by her Chinese nanny, Han-mae (Gong Hyo-jin). Following Princess Aurora (Pang Eun-jin: 2005) – which was screened as part of the recent Chills and Thrills mini-season at the KCCUK – and The Truth Beneath (Lee Kyoung-mi: 2016), Missing explores the fragile bond between mother and daughter through a female perspective. Starring Eom Ji-won, who played the mother in Lee Joon-ik’s heart-breaking Hope (2013) and the Principal of the strange girl’s school in The Silenced (Lee Hae-young: 2015), and Gong Hyo-jin – a prolific actresses – whose most recent film is A Single Rider (Lee Joo-young: 2017), Missing boasts a stellar cast and recorded over 1 million admissions on its release in South Korea last year and an award by Korea’s Film Actor’s Association for Gong Hyo-jin.
It is nice to see ongoing recognition of the work of female directors by The London Korean Film Festival and Korean Cultural Centre UK and as such, it is important that we support such work as the spotlight all too often fails to fall on female directors, relegating them a secondary status and as a consequence silencing female voices and perspectives in the process.
The film is the second in the series of Teaser screenings for the upcoming London Korean Film Festival 2017 and is the UK premiere of the film. It will be introduced by Evrim Ersoy, Head Programmer for Fantastic Fest (Austin, Texas). The screening takes place at Picturehouse Central on Monday 10th April 2017, at 6.30pm.
Tickets can be booked direct at the following link: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picturehouse_Central/film/lkff-preview-screening-missing/tickets/24224
Hope to see some of you there.
On 16th February, the ‘Chills and Thrill’s mini-season at the KCCUK began with a screening of Princess Aurora (Bang Eun-jin). Thanks to everyone who attended the screening. Many apologies that I had to leave immediately after the introduction as I would have liked to have stayed and discussed the film with you after the screening. Please get in touch on social media if you would like to talk about the film with me as I would love to hear your thoughts on it. You can find me on Facebook: Colette Balmain and on Twitter: @colettebalmain
There are two additional screenings of Princess Aurora as part of the Korean Cinema Echoes programme if you were unable to make the first one.
On 24th February, there is a short talk followed by a screening at SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies). Details are available here.
On 25th February, there is another screening at Deptford Cinema, at which I will also be in attendance. You can book your ticket here.
Don’t miss the other films in the season. Details can be found here: Chills and Thrills: Korean Film Nights
The directorial debut of Pang Eun-jin, who won the Korean Association of Film Critics 2005 award for Best New Director, Princess Aurora kicks off the ‘Chills and Thrills’ mini-season of films hosted by the KCCUK. It is also the ‘Women in Horror’ month which celebrates and showcases the work of women in the horror industries and therefore seems appropriate that this mini-season should begin with a film directed by a woman.
Princess Aurora is revenge thriller told through the perspective of a grieving mother. The female voice, of the director and of her protagonist, offers us with a feminine perspective of the female victim, too often a trope in contemporary horror film functioning simply as a narrative device for masculine agency and activity. Women in Horror are a vital part of the contemporary horror scene and too often overlooked in histories of the genre. Princess Aurora demonstrates that diversity that female directors bring to the genre and as such, we should celebrate their work.
I will be there to give a short introduction to both the season and the film.
The screening is free but I recommend booking via the KCCUK website
The screening starts at 7pm.
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre, Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW. It is 5 minutes walk from Charing Cross Station.