The Sea Knows

  • Dir: Kim Ki-young

  • South Korea, 1961, 117 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Kim Wun-ha, Gong Midori, Lee Sang-sa

Hailed as “a unique film that breaks new ground in Korean cinema”, The Sea Knows solidified Kim’s break with cinematic realism following his widely acclaimed The Housemaid (1960). Among a group of Korean student soldiers receiving military training in Nagoya, Aroun rebels against the harsh treatment and marries a Japanese girl despite everyone’s objections. A large-scale US bombing, however, leaves their blissful life in ruins. Transcending its roots in the standard anti-Japanese WWII genre, the film, in denouncing imperialism, becomes a distinctive examination of humanity, sadism, greed, lust for power and sexuality, under Kim’s eccentric and metaphorical cinematic creation. The existing film is incomplete, portions of the audio and video have been lost. We will screen the digital version with missing dialogue supplemented by subtitles.




1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.