London Korean Film Night: My Teacher, Mr. Kim (2003)


A primary school teacher Kim Bong-du (Cha Seung-won) working in Seoul is perhaps not the most devoted and honest teacher; Kim is late for meetings, looks for a bribe from students’ parents, and neglects his teaching duties, often assigning students to study by themselves or to clean up the classroom. One day he is transferred to a primary school located in an extremely rural and impoverished village in Kangwon province, with five students in total. Residents in this area, the parents of the school children, are so innocent and “unsophisticaated” that they offer him not a money envelope, but all kinds of fruit and vegetables. Even more, old man Choe (Byun Hee-bong) asks Kim to teach him how to read and write Korean; in return Choe offers him a few packs of cigarettes. Teacher Kim Bong-du kills time hoping to return back to the city soon. To achieve this aim, Kim plans to persuade all the students and their parents to move to another school. . . Will he succeed in this ambitious plan?

Date: Jul 14 2016, 7pm
Venue: KCCUK