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FREE SCREENING: Korean Movie Night 2015- Korean Webcomic Adaptation “MOSS”
Sep 9, 2015 @ 6:30 pm| Free
Wed. September 9, 6:30 PM
Moss (이끼 ik-kie)
Dir. Kang Woo-suk. South Korea. 2010. 158 min.
Starring: Jung Jae-young, Park Hae-il
With webtoon artist Yoon Tae-ho in attendance
Moss is a psychological mystery thriller adapted from Yoon Tae-ho’s webtoon of the same, and directed by Korea’s leading blockbuster filmmaker of the 1990’s and 2000’s, Kang Woo-Suk (Two Cops, Public Enemy, Silmido). In a small rural village, the god-like Ryu Mok-hyeong (Heo Jun-ho) is trying to forge a haven for those wishing to be reborn and live untouched by the world’s evil. Flash forward to Mok-Hyeong’s good-for-nothing son Ryu Hae-Guk (Park Hae-Il, War of the Arrows) arriving for Mok-Hyeong’s funeral and who, in attempting to settle his father’s estate, discovers a web of interconnected secrets and lies and abuse of power that may ultimately point to murder. Note: English-language version of “Moss” webtoon has debuted on Huffington Post’s Spottoon on August 3rd (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/SPOTTOON/story_b_7838418.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment).
KMN presents the September-October films adapted from Korean webcomics, which are known in their home country as webtoons. The boom of webtoons started in 2003-4, thanks to Naver and Daum portals, and as they started to attract large online audience, the most popular webtoons become ripe for film and TV drama adaptations. Webtoon has become one of Korea’s top national pop-culture media forms, accelerated by the wide spread of digital devices, especially smartphones.
Korean Movie Night New York is an ongoing, approximately twice-a-month film program that introduces the full spectrum of contemporary and classic Korean cinema to New York audiences, from popular blockbusters, independent films, and documentaries to animation and family movies. The series is co-presented by Korean Cultural Service NY and Asia Society.