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The Ascension of Han-ne (15*) + Introduction by Hyun Jin Cho

Hidden Figures: Ha Gil-jong

woman shouting at another woman wearing traditional Korean dresses

Ha Gil-jong’s personal favourite among his films blends period drama and horror to interrogate the negative impact of South Korean traditions.

In nineteenth-century Korea, a woman is saved from a suicide attempt and brought back to the village of her rescuer. Here, she is regarded with fear and suspicion, with many believing she will bring them bad luck owing to the pronouncements of a corrupt shaman.

Although set far in the past, Ha critiques the present, as he explores how folkloric and often misogynist traditions echo into the present day, in a society framed by archaic patriarchal convention. Often disturbing, and audacious in its use of tropes from traditional ghost stories, it’s one of Ha’s most intriguing films.

We're delighted to welcome Hyun Jin Cho, Director of the London Korean Film Festival, to introduce the screening. 

South Korea 1977 Dir Ha Gil-jong 96 min

35mm presentation

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