Love Will Tear Us Apart

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Oasis (2002)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Oasis (2002)

Concluding the magnificent film series “Love Will Tear Us Apart” at the Japan Society in New York is Oasis, the third feature film from the highly esteemed novelist-turned-filmmaker Lee Chang-dong. Perhaps no other film of such sensitivity and physical and emotional nakedness des... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Dream (2008)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Dream (2008)

From the first sequence, Kim Ki-duk plunges both his characters and the spectator in doubt: is it dreaming or waking? A man crashes into a car, but then he wakes up. The first dialogue of the film occurs only after three minutes. Is the film in Korean or Japanese? The man speaks ... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Bad Guy (2001)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Bad Guy (2001)

Jo Jae-hyeon holds the rare distinction of being one of the few actors who has worked with Kim Ki-duk multiple times. They began their collaboration on Kim’s debut film Crocodile (1996) and eventually made five films together, with Jo playing a mix of leading and supporting chara... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Time (2006)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Time (2006)

The title is just ambiguous enough to perhaps seduce spectators who are not quite familiar with Kim Ki-duk’s cinema to walk into it expecting a thoughtful, decorative meditation on the passing of time through the trials and tribulations of a couple. Time is indeed about a meditat... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Kim Ki-duk

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Kim Ki-duk

The second weekend of the “Love Will Tear Us Apart” series presented by Japan Society is a focus on Korean cinema, or in the case of Lee Sang-il, zainichi Korean cinema. Friday’s screening was devoted to Lee and his newest feature film, Villain (2011). Saturday, 10th March, will ... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Tale of Cinema (2005)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Tale of Cinema (2005)

Tale of Cinema is Hong Sang-soo’s own take on the coming together of sex and death, as well as film. One encounters here Hong’s usual formal and narrative preoccupations with repetitions and parallel situations between three characters. But Tale of Cinema not only presents what c... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: The Woman Who Wanted To Die (1970)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: The Woman Who Wanted To Die (1970)

Sex entwined with death and politics finds an even more ardent interpretation in this film, which begins with the martial-sexual posturing of a group of men and one woman, presumably before they commit collective suicide. Presumably, for snatches of images of novelist/actor/ultra... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Running in Madness, Dying in Love(1969)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Running in Madness, Dying in Love(1969)

Running in Madness, Dying in Love begins with a two-minute black-and-white montage of demonstrators and riot police, followed by a switch to colour and of one male protester Shihei (Yoshizawa Ken) escaping the fray and running in the streets. In this way, Wakamatsu leaves no doub... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Wakamatsu Koji

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Wakamatsu Koji

The “Love Will Tear Us Apart” film series at Japan Society resumes tonight with the world premiere of Wakamatsu Koji’s latest film, Petrel Blue Hotel (2012). Petrel Blue Hotel will make up the first half of a double bill of Wakamatsu’s films. Another one of Wakamatsu’s films will... Read More »

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Snake of June (2003)

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Snake of June (2003)

If water was only somewhat integral to Vital, in Snake of June it becomes fundamental. In this film, one of his most accomplished and concentrated works apart from the early films that make up his Tetsuo series, Tsukamoto drowns his characters in water to speak of repressed desir... Read More »

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