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FREE SCREENING: Korean Movie Night 2015- Korean Webcomic Adaptation “THE NEIGHBORS”
Sep 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Tue. September 22, 6:30 PM
The Neighbors (이웃사람 i-oot-sa-ram)
Dir. Kim Khan (aka Kim Hwi). South Korea. 2012. 158 min.
Starring : Kim Yunjin, Kim Sae-ron, Cheon Ho-jin, Im Ha-ryong, Ma Dong-suk, Kim Sung-kyun, Jang Young-nam, Do Ji-han
The Neighbors is an ensemble cast suspense thriller based on Kang Full’s 2008 webtoon of the same name. Schoolgirl Yeo-sun (Kim Sae-ron) is found dead after not returning home from school. Her stepmother (Kim Yunjin from ABC’s Lost) bears enormous guilt for failing to pick her up from the bus stop on that day and things aren’t made any easier by the presence of Soo-yeon (Kim Sae-ron), another girl in the same apartment complex who bears a striking resemblance to her. One of the residents of the building has been acting strange and many of his neighbors begins to suspect him, though they all hold back from telling anyone for personal reasons.
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.