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Sunday, December 3, 2023 3pm

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24 Quincy St.
Sun., Dec. 3, 2023, 3 – 4:50 p.m.

Yu’s masterpiece Aimless Bullet was a cinematic recreation of the novel by Yi Pom-son. The novel’s storyline of the tragedy of a displaced family from North Korea living in Seoul after the Korean War resonated with Yu’s personal story of defecting to South Korea in 1946. Emphasizing the miserable life of Korean War veterans, Aimless Bullet delves into the post-war trauma hovering around the ostensibly dazzling Seoul. Because of its dreary ambience and sharp criticism of Korean society, the film was initially banned by the government in 1962, but as the film advanced to the finals of the San Francisco Film Festival in 1963, the ban was lifted. The fact that Yu continued to produce critically acclaimed literary films while spearheading the experimental film movement in South Korea from the mid-1960s demonstrates the counterintuitive compatibility between institutionally governed film and artistic experimentation in South Korea.

Gazette Classification: Diversity and Inclusion, Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Cost: $10 / $8 seniors & non-Harvard students / Harvard Affiliates
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Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu
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