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Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater
Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater

Samgeori geukjang
International Premiere

Korea
2006 | 120 min | 35mm
Korean language, English subtitles

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Screening Times

July 13th, 2007
6:30 pm
J.A. De Seve
July 14th, 2007
11:35 pm
J.A. De Seve

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Description

When Sodanís grandmother wanders off one rainy night, intending to see a film she starred in long ago, the girl follows, eventually losing sight of granny but stumbling upon a mysterious cinema in the process. Seemingly lost in space and time, the theatre is staffed by oddball employees who bear a striking resemblance to the crew of glamorous ghouls that puts on a spectacularly strange song-and-dance show every night after midnight. The rebellious Sodan becomes enamoured with this ghost world by night, and sympathetic to the plight of the struggling cinema by day, soon becoming an employee herself. But in doing so, she risks getting lost in the past, and losing her grandmother, and her grip on reality, for good.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice clearly influenced the aesthetic of this Korean musical-comedy, but as raucous, flashy and funny as it is, Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater is also thoroughly creepy and macabre. Steeped in colourful surrealism and rock íní roll flair, as well as acute melancholy and moldy decay, the film may be a mixed bag stylistically, as well as in the genre department, but its joyously perverse musical numbers and intriguing, shadowy narrative have been drawing viewers in since its release last year. As something of an anomaly in Korean cinema, the filmís cult status is already in the making, as is a fruitful career for first-time feature-director Jeon Gye-su, who won the Best New Director prize at the 43rd annual Baeksang Arts Awards.

—Lorraine Carpenter

Credits

Director: Jeon Gye-su
Screenplay: Jeon Gye-su
Cast: Cheon Ho-jin Kim Kkot-bi Park Jun-myeon Han Ae-ri Park Young-su
Producers: LJ Film
Distributor: CJ Entertainment

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