Movie theatre Orion, run by the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI), serves as one of the places where Helsinki Cine Aasia’s festival screenings will be held during 15.–18.3.2018. In addition to the festival films Helsinki Cine Aasia and KAVI will cooperate in March by screening two important Asian classics from the past.
Orion will screen South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s rewarded movie Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok, 2003) twice during March, on Monday the 15th and Thursday the 26th of March. Bong Joon-ho is known for his sinister themes and love for noir and his movie Memories of Murder is based on real events of 1986–91.
The movie takes place in rural Korea in a village that has turned into a scene of gruesome murders. A detective from Seoul is sent to the village to solve the mystery with unwilling help of local police officers.
One of the leading roles in Memories of Murder, the role of a local police man, is played by Song Kang-ho who is also starring in another Helsinki Cine Aasia movie – Jang Hoon’s A taxi driver (Taeksi Unjeonsa). The movie became one of the most celebrated and viewed films in South Korea in 2017 and was also selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
As another Asian classic Orion will screen Chinese director Sang Hu’s The White-Haired Girl (Bai mao nü, 1972), that dazzles its viewers with a heartbreakingly beautiful ballet. The movie was filmed in the People’s Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) when one could only make films about themes of the Eight model plays approved by the Chinese government.