LKFF 2018: The Poet and the Boy

Director: Kim Yang-hee
Starring: Jung Ga-ram, Yang Ik-june, Jeon Hye-jin
Duration: 109 min


We’re on Jeju Island, though we see nothing of its tourism industry. But in spirit we’re closer to Venice – the Venice of Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice (1912), where a middle-aged writer is suddenly, inexplicably struck by the beauty of a young man and finds his whole life upended because of it. The Jeju writer is Hyeon Taekji (Yang Ik-june), a second-rate poet mired in defeatism with a strong-willed wife who’s determined to get pregnant before it’s too late. The boy is Seyun, a dropout from high school who’s the main carer for his ailing father and works daytimes selling sugary American donuts. Hyeon worries that he might be gay, but his wife is scornful and resentful … Kim Yang-hee’s astonishing debut feature moves from delicious comedy to a transfixing, precisely measured map of the human heart. Yang Ik-june is indelible as Hyeon, a role light years from the gangster he played in his own debut feature Breathless (2010).




Club and Group screenings

Sat 3rd Nov 18.45 Ad and Trailer Free: No advertisements or trailers will play ahead of this screening. You are recommended to arrive promptly. LKFF 2018: Picturehouse Central welcomes back the London Korean Film Festival for their 13th edition.



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