Hidden Figures: Ha Gil-jong
The provocative, brutal films of Ha Gil-jong, a major figure of 1970s Korean cinema, are the focus of our latest Hidden Figures programme
In the 1970s, Ha Gil-jong shook up Korean cinema, offering a thrillingly diverse series of features which critiqued the contemporary military dictatorship and put him in constant battle with film censors.
The three films in this programme, in partnership with the London Korean Film Festival, embrace entirely different styles and genres – melodrama, comedy and horror – to comment and interrogate a troubled present.
Ha died at the tragically young age of 37, the same age as Fassbinder, with whom he has been compared, along with Vigo and Pasolini. We are delighted to show a selection of his work, very rarely screened in the UK, back on the big screen.
Our Hidden Figures programme showcases great directors who deserve far greater recognition in the UK.
Co-curated by the Barbican & the London Korean Film Festival, supported by the Korean Film Archive
The Pollen of Flowers (18*) + Introduction
Ha Gil-jong’s unforgettable debut blends satire with melodrama, as a businessman brings a male lover into his personal life, with cataclysmic results.
The March of Fools (15*) + Introduction
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.
The Ascension of Han-ne (15*) + Introduction by Hyun Jin Cho
Ha Gil-jong’s personal favourite among his films blends period drama and horror to interrogate the negative impact of South Korean traditions.
Barbican Cinema 2
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
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Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
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