Films with Seoul


The Watershed celebrates South Korean cinema in a new series, showing off big hits and lesser-known movies...

South Korean cinema rarely hits the biggest screens in the UK, but that’s about to change thanks to an eye-popping series at The Watershed, which will be showcasing some of best recent cinema the Asian nation has to offer. The Watershed’s Sven de Hondt, also an independent film blogger and programmer, has curated the weekend and will present each feature.

Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden and Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadow are both very different works, but will be getting special previews over the weekend. The former is a mind-bending erotic thriller based on Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith book — a visual feast with revenge in its heart; the latter is a 1920s-set epic about a double agent worming his way into a gang of freedom fighters in Japanese-occupied South Korea.

Eerie horror flick The Wailing is a supernatural odyssey that’ll get your blood pumping during its showing over the weekend — a mysterious stranger’s arrival in an isolated village prompts havoc for no worldly reason…

Train To Busan is one of the weekend’s highlights — the film is the most successful in South Korean cinema history. It follows a pack of train passengers forced to combat a zombie outbreak — expect big action and plenty of adrenaline. Acclaimed animator Sang-ho Yeon’s Seoul Station, a prequel to the zombie blockbuster, will be getting a preview over the weekend — if you’ve not had your fill of “cannibalistic undead colliding with strident social criticism” then this one’s definitely for you! 

The Lovers And The Despot is the series’ final showing. The documentary follows the true story of a famed director and his actress wife kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il’s regime and forced to create works to stimulate the secretive nation’s fledgling film industry.

Tickets for each screening are available from £6.50 (adult), and ticket holders are eligible for a 10% food discount at Tuk Tuck (St. Stephens Street) until 30 April! Make sure to visit for all times and ticket details.

When: 3—5 March

Where: The Watershed 


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