[SECTION 2] Asian Gothic September 11th?17th

Thousand Years Old Fox

Korea, 1969, 89min, Color, 35mm

Shin Sang-ok

During the time of Queen Jinseong, the last ruler of the Silla Dynasty, the kingdom is ravaged by an onslaught of bandits. Returning from his victorious campaign against the bandit hordes, Kim Won-rang is summoned by Queen Jinseong. The queen tries to seduce Won-rang, whom she loved in the past, and orders that his wife Yeo-hwa be driven from the capital. While traveling deep in the mountains holding her baby, Yeo-hwa is set upon by bandits. She flees and jumps into a lake. Later, Kim Won-rang rescues Yeo-hwa from the lake and she survives. Old servants talk in whispers that the lake is haunted by the spirit of a thousand-year-old fox and it is strange that Yeo-hwa did not die. One night, Yeo-hwa awakens from her sleep and ventures from the house. She seduces the bandits who killed her baby and murders them. Director Shin Sang-ok, who made some of the best commercial films in the 1960s, delivers the topics of never-ending stories such as the dynamics of a ruler and subjects, and power and sex through the sentiments of a horror movie.
Shin Sang-ok was a Korean film producer and director with more than 100 producer and 70 director credits. Shin worked prolifically during the Golden Age of South Korean cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s, often directing two or more films per year, earning the nickname the “Prince of Korean Cinema.”