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July 15–21, 2005

Chicago Premiere

Save the Green Planet

Film still: Save the Green Planet Film still: Save the Green Planet

 

"Snazzy, playful, somewhat gory, often hilarious, and generally unpredictable...a heady mélange of revenge, hallucination, and Grand Guignol"
  —Village Voice
"As the suspense level increases with a series of frequently hilarious Hitchcockian set pieces, the film's heart becomes evident even as it twists our sense of reality."
  —Film Threat
"Save The Green Planet is a rarity, in that it's actually cooler than it sounds"
  —Onion AV Club
"A true delight"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Startlingly original...alternately heartbreaking, suspenseful, and darkly funny."
  —Chicago Reader

Byung-gu looks like an ordinary young man. But what he thinks is another matter. He believes that all of Earth's social ills are the result of alien interference from the Andromeda Galaxy. Unless he can meet the prince of Andromeda before a total lunar eclipse, planet Earth will be doomed. In order to get to the prince, he must find an extraterrestrial living on Earth. So Byung-gu kidnaps the most logical suspect, Man-shik Kang, president of the Yoojae Chemical Company. A battle of minds starts between Byung-gu—who's trying to uncover a secret alien plot to destroy the planet—and Man-shik Kang, who thinks his captor is crazy and desperately tries to escape. Save the Green Planet, the debut feature of young director Jun-hwan Jang, is a true gem. It contains almost every film genre, from horror to comedy, action and thriller. The daring screenplay, with its suprising plot, shows little regard for Hollywood narrative conventions or for playing it safe commercially. Cinematography and acting are superb, especially Ha-Kyun Shin (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) as the anti-hero Byung-gu. A heady cocktail of edgy terror, brilliant filmmaking and timely satire, the film manages to make its anti-capitalist parable funny, moving and quite unlike anything else.

Directed by Jang Jun-Hwan, South Korea, 2003, 35mm, 118 mins. In Korean with English subtitles.

Showtimes

  • Fri., July 15 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Sat.-Sun., July 16-17 at 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Mon.-Thurs., July 18-21 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation