Chilsu and Mansu Screening | Shifting Landscape

By on January 9, 2019

Perhaps the most iconic South Korean film of the 80’s, Park Kwang-Su’s debut feature is a landmark in the country’s cinema, and the starting point of the Korean New Wave.

Set in 1987, the film tells the story of Chil-Su, a playful and optimistic young man who instantly falls in love with Jin-Ah, a student working part time at the local Burger King. His rebellious spirit prompts him to quit his job and begin working with Man-Su, a down on his luck house painter.

Set with the backdrop of a repressive military government and the Americanisation of Korea, the film provides touching moments of levity and humanism as the two men struggle to exist and find their identity within working class society.

There is a fantastic chemistry between the two leads, with Chil-Su’s hopeful outlook contrasting with Man-Su’s weariness.

The film was shown at the 42nd Locarno International Film Festival and the 39th Berlin International Film Festival and has become one of the best remembered South Korean films of its era.

Screened as part of Shifting Landscape Film Season, a celebration of the Korean New Wave and the works of directors Park Kwang-Su and Chung Ji-Young. In partnership with the National Film and Television School and the Korean Cultural Centre UK.

Special screening of Chilsu and Mansu, directed by Park Kwang-Su, 1988 will be held at Korean Culture Centre UK Tuesday 15th January 2019.

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Film | Special screening of Chilsu and Mansu, directed by Park Kwang-Su, 1988