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Korean Film Nights 2018: White Badge

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Korean Cultural Centre UK

1-3 Strand

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Writer Han Ki-jo exists in a kind of daze, floating between his cramped apartment, his editor’s office and into and out of the lives of his various friends and acquaintances. A Vietnam veteran, Han earns money by publishing articles on his experiences while carrying the ambition to someday write a novel on the subject, if he can ever bring himself to put the traumatic tale down on the page. When an old comrade from his Vietnam war days comes back into his life, Han is forced to recount the terrible war-time experiences that have left the lives of both men in ruins. With a career stretching back to the 1950s, Ahn Sung-ki is considered one of Korea’s finest actors; he carries the film here as Han, while ably supported by a standout turn from, with over 100 films under his belt, fellow acting veteran Lee Kyeong-yeong as the damaged Pyon.

Between 1964 and 1973 South Korea, second only to the United States itself, dispatched the most troops of any nation to the Vietnam War. Renowned writer and translator Ahn Junghyo’s first novel White Badge recounts the novelist’s personal experiences as a soldier during the conflict.

White Badge plays as part of the Korean Film Nights 2018 season, Korean Novels on Screen. All books, including White Badge, can be borrowed from the KCCUK reception. For full details on all films in this season please visit: koreanfilm.co.uk

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