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FREE SCREENING: Korean Movie Night 2015- Korean Webcomic Adaptation “SECRETLY, GREATLY”
Oct 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Tue. October 20, 6:30 PM
Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게 eun-mil-ha-gae, wi-dae-ha-gae)
Dir Jang Cheol-soo, South Korea, 2013, 127 min.
Starring : Kim Su-hyeon, Park Gi-woong, Lee Hyun-woo
A Centerpiece Presentation of the 12th New York Asian Film Festival, and one of the most popular screenings of the past editions of KMN at Tribeca Cinemas, Secretly, Greatly is based on artist HUN’s widely popular webtoon of the same name. The film holds the record as the most successful Korean webtoon adaptation, with 7 million admissions. A group of elite North Korean spies, trained since youth, has been dispatched to South Korea where they’ve disguised themselves as a fool, an aspiring singer, and a high school student. Asian’s heartthrob Kim Soo Hyun plays Won Ryu-hwan, trained North Korean agent, but undercovers his identity as a village idiot in Seoul. A sequel to “Secretly, Greatly” webtoon is currently running on Daum portal.
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.