Tuesday, April 18, 2006
The Presidents Last Bang
A Korean film about the assassination of their leader in 1979. This film was lightly, and (for a regime) thoughtfully censored. It was billed as a black comedy a la "Dr Strangelove"..Which may be a stretch. There are some funny moments however and some very tense ones.
Charismatic actors, a wonderful singer and the largest blood pools under bodies that side of the Pacific round out the charms of this "based on real events" film. While I do not pretend to know the history of Korea, a coup is a coup. This film provides a glimpse into Korean culture that is not about disenfranchised youths or sword wielding martial artists.