"The President's Last Bang"
Directed by Im Sang-su
"the most controversial movie ever released in Korea" by the New York Sun,
this wildly ambitious, jet-black political satire tackles the 1979
assassination of President Park Chun-hee and the brutal, anarchic jockeying
for power that took place in its aftermath. Sickened by Park's corrupt
behavior and embarrassing appetites, KCIA Director Kim (Baek Yun-shik) and
his no-nonsense enforcer Ju (Han Suk-Gyu) kick-off a bloodbath that
threatens to engulf the upper echelons of the Korean government. Im Sang-su's
film is so audacious that he was hauled into court by Park's surviving
relatives. "A nasty, profane, and utterly bracing black comedy [...] As
political satires go, this is almost up there with Dr. Strangelove"
(Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine). Korean with English subtitles.