Korean Directors Take on STAR WARS

Lee Chang-dong

Key Films: Peppermint Candy, 1999; Secret Sunshine, 2007; Poetry, 2010

Episode VIII: Divided into three chapters, Lee's film explores the relationships among Han Solo, Leia and Luke Skywalker prior to the events of episode VII, the shaping of Kylo Ren as a cosmic villain along with the backstory of Snoke, and the life of an ordinary villager on one of the planets occupied by First Order. All of these disparate stories come intricately intertwined at the end. He makes sure that Han is portrayed as an absolutely irresponsible cad, Leia a frigid, un-loving person, and makes Snoke the most humane character of them all. All battles take place off-screen but we get to see their aftermaths in gruesome detail.

Result: Village Voice declares it the best STAR WARS film ever made.


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