Retrospective: Lee Chang Dong

Art & Culture

Filmmaker and literary figure Lee Chang-dong is one of South Korean cinema’s most vital and understated masters. The Asian Film Archive presents all six of Lee’s feature films over his 20-year career, including new 4K restorations of Green Fish (1997), Peppermint Candy (1999), Oasis (2002), Secret Sunshine (2007) and Poetry (2010), along with a documentary on his directorial philosophy, Lee Chang-dong: The Art of Irony (2022). Lee’s oeuvre defies easy classification, instead situating itself at the crossroads of literature and film, genre and social realist approaches, while leading audiences to existential questions of morality and spirituality.

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