A Petal (꽃잎) (1996)

  • November 9, 2019 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Jang Sun Woo
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: M18 (Sexual violence and nudity)

9 November, Saturday – 4PM

A girl wanders the countryside looking for her brother, her face caked with dirt, her eyes wild. She latches onto a disabled laborer, who beats, abuses, and rapes her. Yet she registers nothing, and is barely able to communicate. Meanwhile, students are searching for her, with little clue where she might be. She is revealed to be the sister of their deceased friend. Through flashbacks, the origin of the girl’s trauma unravels. A Petal was the first cinematic reflection on the 1980 Gwangju Massacre, when soldiers murdered thousands who opposed Korea’s military takeover. 16 years had passed when the film was released, but its effect was so powerful that people demanded the government’s release of classified files on the incident.

To Note:
– All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
– Tickets can be purchased at the Oldham Theatre Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
– Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above) only.
– Please check the film rating before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well).