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Twenty years after the breakthrough blockbuster Swiri, stars Han Seok-kyu and Choi Min-sik reunite for Forbidden Dream, a sumptuous period piece directed by South Korea’s top director and screenwriter Hur Jin-ho. The film describes the journey of two eminent dreamers whose shared vision changed the history of Joseon—and thereby Korea—forever.

King Sejong the Great of Joseon wants to enhance the nation’s riches and military power through the study of astronomy and his loyal subject and scientist Jang Yeong-sil creates the instruments he imagines into reality. Threatened by Joseon’s ever-evolving astronomical technology, the Ming empire orders Joseon to cease the studies and for Jang Yeong-sil to be dispatched. Joseon’s court subjects insist Jang must be sent at once, but King Sejong, who thinks dearly of Jang, is deeply troubled by the dilemma.

Join us for a screening of Forbidden Dream along with a conversation with the film’s director Hur Jin-ho and journalist and Forbes contributor Joan MacDonald.

This program is presented by Asia Society Museum, Asia Society Southern California, and Asia Society Korea Center as part of a new series titled Asia Society at the Movies. Asia Society at the Movies showcases a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora.

This program is organized in partnership with Asia Society Korea Center. The screening is made possible by Lotte.

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