The March of Fools (15*) + Introduction by author and critic Darcy Paquet

Hidden Figures: Ha Gil-jong

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College comedy under dictatorship – two male students seek love and happiness in Ha Gil-jong’s best known film, a box office smash in South Korea.

A much beloved Korean cinema classic from 1975, The March of Fools starts off as a bawdy comedy, as two slacker students get drunk and try to get laid, with varying degrees of success. Slowly the tone shifts into melancholy, as the two men consider their futures, in a repressive society where they feel out of place.

Although censored for its depiction of life under military dictatorship, The March of Fools remains a unique and exhilarating story of youth in crisis, while its fashions, music and shots of the streets of Seoul make it an invaluable time capsule of 1970s Korean youth culture.

 

South Korea 1975 Dir Ha Gil-jong 102 min

 

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