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The President's Last Bang

A brilliantly executed South Korean political satire... met with fierce opposition by right wing politicians in its home country. Political films that provoke court cases are almost always very good, ...

A brilliantly executed South Korean political satire... met with fierce opposition by right wing politicians in its home country.

Political films that provoke court cases are almost always very good, and The President’s Last Bang is no exception. Hitting close to home on a contentious subject, director Im Sang-soo puts a sardonically gleeful spin on South Korea’s most notorious event, the assassination of President Park Chung-hee.

In 1961 General Park Chung-hee came to power, and ruled as a dictator in all but name for 18 years. After years of manipulating the press and stifling opposition, the president was assassinated by his own secret service. Guess it was time for a change…

Shortly before the film premiered, Im Sang-soo was ordered by the South Korean courts to remove  documentary footage that opened the film. But no matter, The President’s Last Bang, which tells the tale of the general’s last hours, succeeds as an acute depiction of the political process, and a darkly humorous comedy.    

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