Director: JOON-HO BONG

128 minutes, South Korea, 2009, English subtitles

South Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong’s admiration for Hitchcock is hugely evident in this gruesome murder mystery that touches on Oedipal themes. The murder of a young girl in a small town spurs a mother to go to extraordinary lengths in defence of her son’s name. Merging the sexual hysteria surrounding the crime with the powerlessness of the characters implicated, the plot becomes a labyrinth of twists and turns.

Drawing references from Psycho, this talk will consider transnational filmmaking, and Hitchcock’s influence beyond borders, where recognisable tropes and signs are absorbed and recreated in very different but instantly recognisable settings. Dr. Eric Egan, film lecturer, will present.

This event is taking place as part of the IFI Evening Course, Shadow of a Genius (February 5th – March 12th). Full course price: €60 (€55 concessions), including tea/coffee. Please book your place by calling Sharon Corrigan on 01 679 5744 or emailing scorrigan@irishfilm.ie (Individual tickets for films on this Course are not available.)

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