Korean Movie Night: Lifting King Kong

When:Tuesday February 8 , 2011
Where:Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street
Manhattan, NY

The Korean Culture Society continues its Free Korean Movie Night with a Free Screening of Lifting King Kong.


(aka THE BRONZE MEDALIST) (2009, 120 minutes, New York Premiere)
If second place is first place for losers, then let¡¯s not even get into what third place means. Popular actor Lee Bum-Soo plays real-life Olympic weightlifter, Ji-Bong, who quits the sport after a gruesome powerlifting injury. The only job he can find is coaching weightlifting at a small town school. Even worse, it¡¯s a girl¡¯s school and if there¡¯s one group of people on this earth who do not want to bulk up and gain muscle mass, I would guess it¡¯s Korean high school girls. Complications ensue. Downbeat and gritty to the point of being almost nasty, LIFTING KING KONG displays people in all their awful greediness, but this commitment to not flinching from the bad side of life makes the inevitable comeback and triumph of the human spirit feel that much more touching, and that much more earned.

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