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Early Korean Cinema



Fighting against the odds: a heart-warming tale of a boy’s education in colonial Korea.

Find out about a screening of Tuition including an introduction by Hyun Jin Cho, Korean Cultural Centre UK film curator and season co-programmer.

Image from Tuition

Korea 1940
Dir Choi In-gyu and Bang Han-joon
With Susukida Kenji, Jeong Chan-jo, Kim Jong-il, Lee Dong-seong, Mun Ye-bong
English subtitles

Tuition follows the trials and tribulations of schoolboy Young-dal as he struggles to find the money to pay for his education. The child’s viewpoint of economic hardship and the film’s upbeat ending makes this film a charming addition to the season.

+ Patriots Day in Joseon
조선의 애국일
Korea-Japan 1940. Dir unknown. 11min. EST
A colonial newsreel exemplifying the day-to-day pro-Japanese propaganda seen throughout this period.



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