Monday, March 23, 2015

Korean film The Attorney (변호인) at Pitt, March 25.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures will show the Korean film The Attorney (변호인) on March 25 as the second and final installment in this year's Korean Film Festival. The Washington Post summarizes the 2013 movie starring Song Kang-ho (JSA, The Host, Secret Sunshine):
The recent South Korean box-office hit observes the progress, beginning in 1978, of a lawyer with few credentials but much ambition. Song Woo-seok (Song Kang-ho) is snubbed by other lawyers because he passed the bar exam without attending law school, or even college. These cohorts are further scandalized when Song begins registering real-estate transactions, a task previously restricted to notaries.

His most inexcusable offense? Song makes a lot of money while doing work other attorneys thought was beneath them.
. . .
Fictionalized from actual events, “The Attorney” shows the transformation of a character based on the late Roh Moo-hyun, who became a human-rights advocate and later South Korea’s president.
The movie runs from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (campus map) and is free and open to the public. The movie will also play for free on April 8 at Northland Public Library in the North Hills.