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Korean Film Festival

Korea Semester

Show Schedule

The Missouri Southern Institute of International Studies and the Harrison and June Kash International Film Society present the following distinguished repertoire of Korean films.

The series provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the best works of creative directors and performers from South Korea. Many of the films are being shown at Missouri Southern for the first time and have received great critical recognition and superb reaction from contemporary audiences.

In an effort to enhance viewers’ appreciation, detailed program notes are distributed before each showing. Please note that some of the films are intended for mature audiences only.

Admission free for all films and open to the public.

Shiri Movie Shiri

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Kang Je-gyu, 1999, 125 min.)

A female North Korean sniper infiltrates South Korea and begins assassinating key figures in an intelligence operation. As South Korean special agents Ryu and Lee try to track down the sniper, they find themselves caught up in a web of deceptions and uncertain loyalties, all with threatening international consequences. The New York Times described this prize-winning thriller as “a tingling espionage tale.” Rated R, for mature audiences only.


My Sassy Girl My Sassy Girl

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Kwak Jae-yong, 2001, 124 min.)

In this comedy/drama, an inept slacker gradually falls for an impudent and demanding young woman, who blatantly defies all the gender norms of her culture. Partly because it turns social conventions upside down, the film was wildly popular when released in Korea.

Mother Movie Mother

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall 
(dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2009, 124 min.)

The film centers on the single mother of a 27-year-old son, to whom she is devoted. When he is accused and found guilty of murdering a young girl, she sets out to find the real killer and prove her son’s innocence. Mother has been called “a superb murder mystery, with twists coming thick and fast…paced like a Hitchcock suspense thriller.” For mature audiences only.

Miracle in Cell #7 Movie Miracle in Cell #7

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall 
(dir. Lee Hwan-kyung, 2013, 127 min.)

A mentally challenged young father of a little girl is falsely accused of murdering a woman and is quickly imprisoned. He befriends his cellmates and they eventually manage to smuggle the daughter into the prison cell and help him raise and care for her there. A “mega-hit” in South Korea.

Oldboy Movie Oldboy

7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall 
(dir. Park Chan-wook, 2003, 115 min.)

A Seoul businessman is suddenly and inexplicably kidnapped and confined to a strange, private “prison,” where he is held for 15 years. When he is unexpectedly freed, he is given five days to discover the identity of his enemy, a challenge he undertakes with a vengeance. Directed by the acclaimed Park Chan-wook, Oldboy is a “feverish mind-bending revenge tale” (Stephen Holden, The New York Times). The film includes extreme, graphic violence and is for mature audiences only.

Spring Summer Fall Winter...and Spring Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall 
(dir. Kim Ki-duk, 2003, 102 min.)

This visually stunning, reflective film tells the story of a reclusive monk who lives in a hut in the middle of a small lake, who becomes a teacher and spiritual mentor for a boy, raising him from childhood to adulthood. “An elegantly simple, profound Buddhist tale.” – Boston Globe.

I am Sun Mu Movie I Am Sun Mu

7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall 
(dir. Adam Sjöberg, 2015, 87 min.)

This documentary features the life and work of a North Korean painter and defector who creates, among other things, political pop art that inverts the propaganda he once painted for the North Korean regime. As he prepares undercover for a special solo exhibition in China, an unexpected turn of events puts Sun Mu and his family in danger.

October 31 Halloween Double Feature!Train to Busan and The Host

Train to Busan

2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Phelps Theater
(dir. Yeon Sang-ho, 2016, 118 min.)

The Host

7pm Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2006, 119 min.)

 In conjunction with the  Campus Activities Board , we are celebrating Halloween by featuring two Korean horror films back to back. Train to Busan, described as “everything you could possibly want a zombie film to be,” shows what happens when a mysterious virus spreads across the country and the infected victims become the murderous undead. The Host, in the tradition of King Kong and Godzilla, features a river monster spawned by a chemical spill that terrorizes a city.  
For mature audiences only.


200 Pounds Beauty movie 200 Pounds Beauty

7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall 
(dir. Yong-hwa Kim, 2006, 112 min.)

In this comedy/drama, an overweight young woman desperately in love with a man who does not share her feelings experiences an almost magical transformation through cosmetic surgery to become strikingly attractive. Her subsequent love life, though, does not prove to be what she imagined it would be.


Spring 2018 Continuing Film Series offerings