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The President's Last Bang (2005)

Cast: Song Jae-Ho, Song Jae-Ho, Kim Eung-Su, more...
Director: Im Sang-su, Im Sang-su
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Foreign, Political Satire, Korea
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: Korean
Subtitles: English
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Better than Old Boy by feldmarshmellon September 21, 2006 - 9:36 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This film made me want to pick up a book on the history of South Korea in the 70s. Not because i felt I lacked context to appreciate the film, but it got me all excited and wanting to learn more. The Cold War never ended!
Although i think comparison with Kubrick's Strangelove in the official blurb is a little off. Kubrick's film is satirical and sarcastic, whereas Im Sang-su's humor is more warmly humane.

Dumb-ocracy by talltale April 8, 2006 - 3:52 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
It'll help your enjoyment and understanding of THE PRESIDENT'S LAST BANG if you're Korean or have utter familiarity with South Korea's history--which poses a problem for some of us. That said, there's still a lot of fun and surprise to be had in this telling of the last day of President-cum-dictator Park Chun-hee. I have heard that, while the movie may seem funny and its various groups--police, military, politicians--hopelessly ineffectual, it's still pretty close to the truth. On another web site, a posting mentions that the Korean title of this film translates roughly as "Those People at That Time"--a much better rendering (though a tad less commercial-sounding) of what we're actually seeing.

Dictatorships breed greed, incompetence and abuse--all of which are in evidence here, as even the best of the characters are unable to accomplish much. Sadness and waste are what we're left with at the conclusion, yet Korea may have been able to take a few steps upwards--some time later--as a result of this change in government. What a shame it had to happen as it did.

Watch the interview with the director (he speaks surprisingly good English!) for an added fillip. Once again, a talented Korean filmmaker has found a unique way to come to grips with his country--and the world. For more top movies, try the Park Chan-wook trilogy--or "Save the Green Planet."

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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