Kim Soo-yong provides a realistic representation of the struggles faced by the people living in this poor shanty town, yet the film doesn’t paint the lives of these workers from an ideological standpoint, but rather from a humanist perspective. Kim’s directorial sensibility makes itself felt in many different ways. Each character has a distinct role and personality, while there are also several intriguingly theatrical moments. Furthermore, Kim employs a strongly anti-heroic approach, refraining from relying too much on any one particular character. The cast includes many of the 1960s’ most emblematic actors.

This screening will be followed by a conversation between director Kim Soo-yong and Mark Morris. Mark Morris is a frequest advisor to the London Korean Film Festival and participates reguarly in a wide variety of film events in the UK, Europe and South Korea.

Film info

Director: Kim Soo-yong
Cast: Kim Seung-ho, Hwang Jung-seun, Shin Seong-il, Kim Ji-mee
Film genre: Drama
Cert 18, 83 mins, 1963
Distributed by Hanyang Foundation

Selected Filmography

Jung-kwang's Nonsense (1986)

The Maiden Who Went to the City (1981)

Night Journey (1977)

A Splendid Outing (1977)

The Earth (1974)

Full Ship (1967)

Burning Mountain (1967)

Mist (1967)

Children in the Firing Range (1967)

Affection (1966)

Sorrow Even Up in Heaven (1965)

A Returned Man (1960)

A Henpecked Husband (1958)