Clean Up

Directed by Kwon Man-ki
2018
South Korea
104 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Guilt, grief and redemption are the themes of this gripping psychodrama about a kidnapper and her victim, whom fate brings together twelve years later. Best Film, Macao Film Festival.

Kwon Man-ki's impressive debut is refreshingly different from the high-tempo thrillers South Korean cinema is known for. Low-key visuals and minimal dialogue convey the tale of Jung-je (Yoon Ji-hye, superb), an emotionally-blank cleaner. Her new workmate is Min-gu, an unsettled ex-convict. Min-gu was just a boy when Jung-je and her husband blindfolded and kidnapped him. The question of whether Min-gu will recognise his captor is just one part of Kwon's meticulously arranged screenplay. Jung-je is terrified of being exposed. She also has a desperate desire to reach out and help the troubled young man. What emerges is a suspenseful and emotionally rewarding portrait of damaged souls searching for hope.

A penetrating study in human reaction to traumatic events from a distant past.
Richard Kuipers, Variety

Special Guest

Kwon Man-ki
Director, Screenwriter, Editor

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Sun 9 June
8:45pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Tue 11 June
6:30pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Program Strand
Features, Festival Guests
Original Title
Ho-heup
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
South Korea
Language
In Korean with English subtitles
Director
Kwon Man-ki
Producer
Jong-hyun Hong
Cast
Dae-gun Kim, Ji-hye Yoon
Screenwriter
Kwon Man-ki
Cinematographer
Pyung-ki Kim
Editor
Kwon Man-ki
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Crime, Asia, Cinephile
Company Credits
World Sales: M-line Distribution
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