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FREE SCREENING of “Memories of the Sword” – Korean Movie Night 2015: Korean Blockbusters Strike Back!
Nov 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
The Korean Cultural Service New York and Asia Society are proud to co-present the fifth series of Korean Movie Night New York (KMN), which will run from Tuesday, November 3 to December 1, 2015 at Asia Society’s Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium.
KMN presents the best blockbuster films as the last series of the year. As Korean cinema continues to deliver world-class blockbusters, you can count on Korean Movie Night New York to select the best among the bunch for your viewing pleasure. This last series will present RYOO Seung-wan’s latest action thriller Veteran, period sword-fighting drama Memories of the Sword, starring LEE Byung-hun (G.I. Joe movies, Terminator Genisys), and historic epic Assassination, directed by CHOI Dong-hoon (The Thieves).
Despite the strong showing of the big Hollywood films in Korea this Summer, led by The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, which claimed over 10 million admissions, domestic action and historic epic blockbusters continue to hold their own, with Veteran and Assassination currently holding the two top spots with 13 and 12.7 million admissions, respectively, proving once again the continuing strength of the Korean film industry.
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.
For information on the series, please visit www.koreanculture.org or www.asiasociety.org/korean-movie-night or www.facebook.com/KoreanMovieNY.
All screenings take place at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City. All events are free admission, first come, first served. For information, call 212-517-2742.
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Memories of the Sword
Directed by PARK Heung-sik
Starring: LEE Byung-hun, JEON Do-yeon, KIM Go-eun, LEE Jun-ho
2015 | 121 min. | In Korean with English subtitles
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
“Depicting a complicated tale of violent retribution set in the Goryeo era some thousand years ago, Memories of the Sword is a visually stunning period epic that should keep genre fans satisfied.” –The Hollywood Reporter
As the greed and excess of a corrupt monarchy threatens to destroy the once-glorious Goryeo Dynasty,
three legendary warriors lead a revolt to overthrow the empire and save its people. But when deceit and
betrayal costs the life of a master swordsman, a plot for justice and revenge is set into motion,
raging for decades between the two survivors. Starring LEE Byung-hun (Terminator Genisys), JEON Do-yeon (winner of Best Actress award at Cannes for Secret Sunshine), and KIM Go-eun (winner of Rising Star award at the New York Asian Film Festival for Eungyo), Memories of the Sword is a lavish epic that blends tragic historical drama with thrilling swordplay and martial arts.