Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Wed, Oct 30, 2019 - Sat, Nov 2, 2019
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A GENRE OF ONE: THE CINEMA OF BONG JOON HO
Co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, celebrating 100 years of Korean cinema.

Known for his cutting, socially incisive wit and twisting of genre conventions, Korean-born filmmaker Bong Joon Ho has continually raised questions about modern institutions and the inequities of society with his unique blend of humor, emotion and suspense. In this sense, PARASITE is both highly characteristic of Bong Joon Ho's work, while at the same time evolving to a new level. The Palme D’Or-winning tragicomedy implants an unemployed family of four, one by one, into a wealthy household and the sparks fly from there. “For people of different circumstances to live together in the same space is not easy,” notes the director. “I think that this film depicts the inevitable cracks that appear when two classes brush up against each other in today's increasingly polarized society.”

The seventh feature film from Bong Joon Ho, PARASITE is not the first to wrap thought-provoking social commentary in pulpier genre trappings that range from horror and sci-fi to crime thrillers. SNOWPIERCER also concerns itself with class struggle, though it’s set on a post-apocalyptic train ride across a frozen Earth. The havoc-wreaking river beast of THE HOST makes it nominally a monster movie, but the heart of the film is the human family that races to save one of its own. The strange creature OKJA similarly provides a platform to look at bioengineering and our relationship to the rest of the food chain.

Joon Ho doesn’t need fantastical elements to upend audience expectations; his films combine dark comedy, empathy, and tension in wholly unpredictable combinations, making for a particularly dynamic viewing experience even when the setting is mundane. Feature debut BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE takes place in an apartment complex and centers on an out-of-work teacher – whose aversion to dogs reaches epic proportions. The title character in MOTHER is quite ordinary until the murder charge against her son pushes her to extreme measures. At first glance the serial-killer tropes of MEMORIES OF MURDER look familiar until the unorthodox methods of the detectives on the case take the story into uncharted territory. While the work of Bong Joon Ho resembles contemporary films, it is really a genre of its own.

We are thrilled to welcome Bong Joon Ho to the Egyptian and Aero Theatres!
Both TheatresWed, Oct 30, 2019 - Sat, Nov 2, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Director Bong Joon Ho In Person!
Wed, Oct 30, 2019 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Thu, Oct 31, 2019 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre

Films in this Series at the Aero

Director Bong Joon Ho In Person!
Fri, Nov 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Sat, Nov 2, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre