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Saturday, December 2, 2023 7pm

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24 Quincy St.
Sat., Dec. 2, 2023, 7 – 8:50 p.m.

Throughout his versatile artistic trajectory covering war, melodrama, thriller and “Literary Art Film” (munye yonghwa), Lee Man-hee delved into humans’ multilayered states of mind and therein problematized the dehumanizing nature of the Cold War binary.

Under the label of “anticommunist film” depicting major battles such as the Battle of Incheon and the Third Battle of Seoul, the film won an unprecedented level of support from the Korean Marine Corps, including hundreds of marines as extras, tanks, explosives and firearms loaded with live ammunition. And yet, the film’s actual focal point is the power of humanity, which brings together soldiers and an orphaned girl, and the soldiers’ skyrocketing skepticism about war as they endure fierce battles. While the film does present spectacular combat scenes powered by real weapons, they do not neatly converge into the anticommunist rhetoric. Rather, such spectacles are often followed by soldiers’ questioning the meaning of war.

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