A Flower in Hell (Ji-ok-hwa)
Part of the Korean Cinema Now (And Then) Series
Friday, January 18, 2008
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
A Flower In Hell
(1958) Directed by Shin Sang-ok
A landmark of Korean cinema, A Flower in Hell shocked audiences with its daring story of two brothers who clash over a prostitute amid the black market corruption and poverty clinging to the edges of the American military presence in post-war Seoul. Its bravura finale on a desolate mud plain holds its own against any hard-bitten American film noir for sheer doom-laden imagery.
Screenplay: Lee Jeong-seon. Cinematographer: Kang Beom-gu.
Cast: Kim Hak, Choi Eun-hee, Jo Hae-won, Gang Seon-hee.
Presented in Korean dialogue with English subtitles. 33mm, 88 min.