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Early Korean Cinema

Crossroads of Youth

+ season introduction

청춘의 십자로

Korea’s oldest surviving film with an accompanying performance.

Image from Crossroads of Youth + season introduction

Korea 1934
Dir Ahn Jong-hwa
With Lee Won-yong, Kim Yeong-sil, Sin Il-seon, Park Yeon
73min (Total runtime 120min)
English subtitles
With live musical accompaniment

Join us for a special season launch event: a richly illustrated talk by Chung Chong-hwa (Senior Researcher, Korean Film Archive) and a screening of Korea’s oldest surviving film. Chung will discuss the complex journey to discovering these Early Korean Cinema prints, as well as their filmic and historical significance. Following the talk, we present a rare performance of the silent classic Crossroads of Youth with live musical accompaniment. This tale of love, desire, betrayal and revenge follows a young man as he seeks his fortune on the streets of Seoul. We welcome composer Park Chun-hwi, narrator Cho Hee-bong, and actors Hwang Min-su and Park Hee-von for this unique performance, recreating an experience comparable to what Korean audiences saw and heard when it first premiered in 1934.


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