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. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the 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).

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