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Korean Cinema Seminar: Lee Chang-dong and the Cinema of Critical Reflection
Date: 17 March 2008 (Monday)

Korean Cinema Seminar: Lee Chang-dong and the Cinema of Critical Reflection

by Professor Leung Ping-kwan
Director of the Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University
Date: March 17, 2008 (Monday)
Time: 12 noon to 2:00 pm
Venue: G4, Tang Chi Ngong Building
Language: English
This talk offers an in depth exploration of the films of one of Korea's leading directors, Lee Chang-dong. These include "Green Fish"(1997), "Peppermint Candy"(1999), "Oasis"(2002), and his most recent feature, "Secret Sunshine"(2007), for which Jeon Do-yeon won the Award for Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Professor Leung will discuss how Lee Chang-dong uses film to ponder historical and geographical spaces, collective and individual memories, as well as national, cultural and religious identities in contemporary Korean society.
About the speaker:
Professor Leung Ping-kwan received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, San Diego. He taught cinema and culture at the University of Hong Kong for 12 years before moving to Lingnan University where he is now Chair Professor in Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for Humanities Research. Professor Leung is also Chief Editor of the Centre's Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, including the influential Hong Kong Culture (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 1995). He has carried out extensive research on urban cinema, national cinema, melodramas and film adaptations, and published studies on a number of Chinese directors, including Fei Mu, Sun Yu, Lee Sun-fung, Stanley Kwan, Wong Kar-wai, Ang Lee and Jia Zhangke. An English translation of his collection of short stories, Islands and Continents, was published by the Hong Kong University Press last year. 
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