Master of Deception: Choi Dong-hoon

The 2013 USC Korean Film Festival presents Master of Deception: Director Choi Dong-hoon

Hosted by the USC Korean Studies Institute and School of Cinematic Arts, co-sponsored by the USC East Asian Studies Center, USC Korean Heritage Library, USC KSI Sejong Society, Korean Cultural Center LA, KOFIC LA, and 3Plus Logistics


Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2, 2013


The USC Korean Film Festival presents the work of blockbuster South Korean director, Choi Dong-hoon. Please join us for special 35mm screenings of Choi's films including the 2012 hit, The Thieves. Director Choi will also participate on a special panel entitled Korean Cinema, Transnational Genres, and Global Culture on Saturday, May 13th moderated by David James (Chair of USC Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies).

Over the past two decades, South Korean cinema has witnessed unprecedented growth within the global market and has gained immense popularity from audiences world-wide.

Choi Dong-hoon, born in 1971, is the latest intriguing figure of contemporary South Korean cinema. Choi does not yet have the same international recognition as Park Chan-wook and Bong Jun-ho however, there is no doubt that he is the one shaping the new paradigms within the South Korean film industry. What is interesting about Choi’s films is his cinematic forte displaying the narrative and visual emphasis on the local taste of South Korean culture without subsuming it under global trends. Shown in his entire filmographies including The Big Swindle (2004), Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), and Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009), he trends toward utilizing domestic cultures, pop media such as pulp fiction, manwha (referring to Korean comic and cartoons), and pre-modern literature from the Chosun dynasty.

This event is free and open to the public.


USC Norris Theater


Park in Parking Structure D or Parking Structure X

Please visit parking at USC Parking. A map can also be found here.


Friday, March 1, 2013

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: The Big Swindle (2004, 116 min)

8:10 PM - 10:30 PM: Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009, 136 min)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

11:00 AM - 1:20 PM Tazza: The High Rollers (2006, 139 min)

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Panel and Q & A - Korean Cinema, Transnational Genres, and Global Culture
Moderated by David James (Chair of USC Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies) with participants:
Director Choi Dong-hoon
Kelly Jeong (Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, UC Riverside)
Jason Squire (USC Cinematic Arts Professor of the Practice, Film Production)
Peter Van Steemburg (Director of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures)

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Reception at Norris Theater

3:50 PM - 6:15 PM The Thieves (2012, 135 min)

Download USC 2013 KSI Film Festival Program

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