Films

Anarchist from the Colony

Anarchist from the Colony, "Park-Yeol"

Synopsis

Director

Veteran director Lee Joon-ik, who mesmerised audiences at PÖFF two years ago, winning the Grand Prix for his film "The Throne", returns to the history of Korea and Koreans for his latest film. This time telling the story of anarchists Park Yeol and Kaneko Fumiko, who lived in Tokyo in the 1920’s. Tokyo was the capital of the Japanese empire, the occupier of Korea at the time. Park, who had arrived there as a student, soon became a political activist and created various groups with other Korean anti-imperialists, engaging in the translation of political and philosophical texts, political agitation and vandalism. This caught the attention of the Japanese authorities, who used the 1923 earthquake that hit Tokyo, as an excuse for a crackdown on the Korean diaspora and other political groups.

Approaching the subject matter with a slightly lighter and a more playful touch this time, Lee offers an entertaining spectacle, depicting the series of events that lead to the accusation, detention and ensuing court process. It is a clash of two ideologies - young radicals driven by the desire for a freer society on the one hand and the thriving Japanese empire, looking to suppress any opposition on the other.


Hannes Aava

 

Joon-ik Lee

(b. 1960) studied painting at Sejong University. In 1993, he established the production company Cineworld Picture, and directed his first film "Hwangsanbul" in 2003. With the "King and the Clown", for his second movie which bringing in 12.3 million viewers, Lee Joon-ik became one of the leading directors of South Korea. In movies such as “Radio Star,” “The Happy Life,” “Sunny,” “Blades of Blood,” “Battlefield Heroes” and “Hope,” he has shown outstanding skills as a director jumping back and forth between period pieces and films set in the modern era. In 2015, he has returned with a classic period drama in "The Throne" which is his ninth feature and which won grand prix in the PÖFF official competition programme.

Filmography

  • Wang Ui Nam-Ja (2005, Kuningas ja kloun, PÖFF 2007)
  • Radio Star (2006)
  • The Happy Life (2007)
  • Sunny (2008)
  • Blades of Blood (2010)
  • Battlefield Heroes (2011)
  • Wish (2013)
  •  Sado (Troon, PÖFF 2015)
  •  Park Yeol (Anarchist from Colony, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
18:00 - 20:39
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 021501
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Cast Moon Choi
19.11.2017
19:30 - 21:59
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 030605
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Cast Moon Choi
27.11.2017
19:00 - 21:09
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 112002
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection: Out of Competition

Film info

Countries: South Korea, Japan
Year: 2017
Duration: 129 minutes
Languages: Korean, Japanese
Director: Joon-ik Lee
Producer: Sungcheol Kim
Writer: Sunggoo Hwang
DOP: Sungju Park
Montage: Junghoon Kim
Composer: Joonsuk Bang
Cast: Jehoon Lee, Moon Choi, In-woo Kim
Production: M-Line Distribution
Festival: Busan

Synopsis

Director

Veteran director Lee Joon-ik, who mesmerised audiences at PÖFF two years ago, winning the Grand Prix for his film "The Throne", returns to the history of Korea and Koreans for his latest film. This time telling the story of anarchists Park Yeol and Kaneko Fumiko, who lived in Tokyo in the 1920’s. Tokyo was the capital of the Japanese empire, the occupier of Korea at the time. Park, who had arrived there as a student, soon became a political activist and created various groups with other Korean anti-imperialists, engaging in the translation of political and philosophical texts, political agitation and vandalism. This caught the attention of the Japanese authorities, who used the 1923 earthquake that hit Tokyo, as an excuse for a crackdown on the Korean diaspora and other political groups.

Approaching the subject matter with a slightly lighter and a more playful touch this time, Lee offers an entertaining spectacle, depicting the series of events that lead to the accusation, detention and ensuing court process. It is a clash of two ideologies - young radicals driven by the desire for a freer society on the one hand and the thriving Japanese empire, looking to suppress any opposition on the other.


Hannes Aava

 

Joon-ik Lee

(b. 1960) studied painting at Sejong University. In 1993, he established the production company Cineworld Picture, and directed his first film "Hwangsanbul" in 2003. With the "King and the Clown", for his second movie which bringing in 12.3 million viewers, Lee Joon-ik became one of the leading directors of South Korea. In movies such as “Radio Star,” “The Happy Life,” “Sunny,” “Blades of Blood,” “Battlefield Heroes” and “Hope,” he has shown outstanding skills as a director jumping back and forth between period pieces and films set in the modern era. In 2015, he has returned with a classic period drama in "The Throne" which is his ninth feature and which won grand prix in the PÖFF official competition programme.

Filmography

  • Wang Ui Nam-Ja (2005, Kuningas ja kloun, PÖFF 2007)
  • Radio Star (2006)
  • The Happy Life (2007)
  • Sunny (2008)
  • Blades of Blood (2010)
  • Battlefield Heroes (2011)
  • Wish (2013)
  •  Sado (Troon, PÖFF 2015)
  •  Park Yeol (Anarchist from Colony, 2017)