Invitation to Bong Joon-ho

A major filmmaker riding the sensational wave of the 2000s (with Park Chan-wook, a Lumière guest in 2017), the director of Memories of Murder, already of cult status, and Parasite, Palme d'Or 2019, Bong Joon-ho will be fêted at Lumière 2019. He will also share his selection of Korean movies with us in a carte blanche. Events: Okja, in its first theatrical showing, Barking Dog, his first film ever released in Europe, and a Bong Joon-ho all-nighter at the Institut Lumière.


Barking Dog by Bong Joon-ho (Flandersui gae, 2000, 1h50)
Yun-ju, a young unemployed teacher, is irritated by the dog barking in his building... Bong Joon-ho’s début feature film, unclassifiable, between black comedy and social critique, shown in French theaters for the first time.
Cinéma Opéra Sun.13 5:15pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat.19 2:30pm

Memories of Murder by Bong Joon-ho (Salinui chueok, 2003, 2h11)
In a small town in Korea, a woman is raped and murdered, and similar crimes occur. A local policeman (Song Kang-ho) and a detective from Seoul investigate... Already of cult status, a revolution of the serial killer movie.
Pathé Vaise Mon.14 8:30pm | Corbas Tue.15 8pm | Comoedia Wed.16 7:15pm | Institut Lumière Fri.18 9pm (All-nighter 1st film) | Pathé Bellecour Sat.19 10pm | UGC Confluence Sun.20 6pm

The Host by Bong Joon-ho (Gwoemul, 2006, 1h59)
Seoul, on the banks of the Han River. Park Heebong lives with his three children, unlucky adults, and his cherished granddaughter Hyun-seo. Suddenly, she is swept away by a monster who emerged from the water... An action movie, a political satire and family fable.
Institut Lumière Fri.18 9pm (All-nighter 4th film) | Cinéma Opéra Sat.19 4:45pm

Mother by Bong Joon-ho (Madeo, 2009, 2h09)
A widow lives with her only son, a mentally deficient 28-year-old. When a woman is murdered and the latter is charged, the mother goes in search of the real murderer to prove her son’s innocence... A great thriller involving family drama.
Pathé Bellecour Fri.18 11am | Institut Lumière Fri.18 9pm (All-nighter 2nd film)

Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-ho (2013, 2h05)
2031, the glacial age. Aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that rolls on indefinitely, the survivors are divided between the haves and have-nots, on the verge of revolt... Both a breathtaking blockbuster and a Korean film d’auteur. Starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton.
Vaulx-en-Velin Mon.14 8pm | UGC Confluence Thu.17 8:30pm | Institut Lumière Fri.18 9pm (All-nighter 3rd film)

Okja by Bong Joon-ho (2017, 2h01)
A multinational agribusiness creates "superpigs". One of them, Okja, grew up in Korea with an orphan, but the firm brings him back... A moving and fierce ecological fable produced by Netflix; never before released in movie theaters. Starring Tilda Swinton.
Villeurbanne Sun.13 7pm | Comoedia Thu.17 10:45am | Pathé Bellecour Fri.18 5pm | Institut Lumière Sat.19 10:30am

Parasite by Bong Joon-ho (Gisaengchung, 2019, 2h12)
The Ki-taek family lives in poverty. The son becomes an English tutor for the wealthy Park family and has them hire his sister incognito... A dramatic comedy, a social and political satire, a thriller: a masterpiece served by a virtuoso director. Palme d'Or 2019.
Institut Lumière Wed.16 6pm


Memories – retour sur les lieux des crimes by Jésus Castro-Ortega (2018, 1h03)
Fifteen years after the release of Memories of Murder, Bong Joon-ho and his team remember... Everyone talks about their impressions of the filmmaker, his method of work and the frightening true story.
Villa Lumière Tue.15 5:30pm

Korean cinema: carte blanche to Bong Joon-ho

The Insect Woman by Kim Ki-young (Chungyo, 1972, 1h55, VOSTA/Esp)
Myung-ja, a young bar hostess, meets Kim, a married man. Considering herself to be his second wife, she invades Kim's house little by little, and has to negotiate with Kim’s wife... A bold and offbeat movie that mixes tension, humor, morbid horror and delirious erotic sequences, rare in Korean cinema.
Villa Lumière Wed.16 9pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri.18 9:45pm

A Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death / Killer Butterfly by Kim Ki-young (Salinnabileul ggotneun yeoja, 1978, 1h57, VOSTA)
On a butterfly hunt, Kim Young-gul drinks a liquid poisoned by a young girl. Escaping death, depressed, he decides to commit suicide, when a traveling bookseller, crazy about Nietzsche, shows up, and then a skeleton... An odd film, a psychotropic melodrama, where the fantastic, gore and death intertwine in a stupefying way.
Villa Lumière Tue.15 9:45pm | Cinéma Opéra Sat.19 7:30pm

People of the Slums by Bae Chang-ho (Ggobangdongne saramdeul, 1982, 1h50)
Myung-suk lives in a slum with her homicidal husband and her son. One day, her ex-husband, a taxi driver and father of the child, reappears... A portrait of a sensitive woman and characters who live on the margins of society, by the leader of the new cinema of the 1980s.
Institut Lumière Thu.17 10:30am | Villa Lumière Sat.19 7pm

A Short Love Affair by Jang Sun-woo (Woomuk-Baemi ui sarang, 1990, 1h54)
A poor country tailor becomes a foreman in a factory in the suburbs of Seoul. He lives with a woman, but starts an affair with a colleague... A melodrama about the life of the working class, on the sidelines of a changing society.
Villa Lumière Mon.14 9pm | Lumière Terreaux Thu.17 9:30pm

To You, from Me by Jang Sun-woo (Neoege narul bonaenda, 1994, 1h53, VOSTA)
A failed writer, accused of plagiarism, sees his life turned upside down after meeting a young woman... A film with exotic eroticism, a mélange of fiction, animation and reality.
Cinéma Opéra Tue.15 9:15pm | Villa Lumière Thu.17 8:45pm

Meet Bong Joon-ho
Comédie Odéon Thu.17 3:30pm

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