Fri, 12 May 2017 @ 8:15 PM

OLDBOY plays Brisbane

Park Chan-Wook’s shocking and relentless revenge epic plays QAGOMA’s Film Noir program.

‘Film Noir’ celebrates one of the most seductive and enduring cinema movements. Conjuring images of private detectives, femme fatales, neon-lit streets and dive bars, Film noir melded the glamour and thrills of Hollywood’s crime films with the black and white aesthetics of German expressionism. Sexy, smart and sinister, these films offered escapism for 1940s and 1950s audiences still reeling from the Depression, two world wars and Cold War tensions.

‘Film Noir’ considers a history of this distinctly American style. It brings together a selection of pre-noir films from the 1920s and 1930s, including beloved gangster stories (The Public Enemy 1931, William A Wellman) and influential German expressionist films (M 1931, Fritz Lang), alongside film noir classics (Double Indemnity 1944, Billy Wilder; The Big Sleep 1946, Howard Hawks). It also considers contemporary cinemas with the themes and aesthetics of film noir (Taxi Driver 1976, Martin Scorsese; Drive 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn) and its ongoing international influence (Goldstone 2016, Ivan Sen).

A man is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years and his wife is brutally murdered. On his release, he is given a wallet full of money and a mobile phone. A stranger calls and asks him to try and figure out why he was imprisoned. A girl appears and promises to help him solve the enigma and seek vengeance for his cruel fate. As the search progresses, the man finally comes face to face with his kidnapper, who proposes a game: if the man discovers the reason for his imprisonment, his kidnapper will kill himself. If not, then the girl will be killed. He has only five days to unravel the mystery.


Friday 12 May 2017 at 8:15 PM


Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD

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