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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-08-10 00:00:00 KST

It's finally Friday and I'm sure everyone is very excited to get some rest and sleep in. Today, our Michelle Kim brings us some events that are sure to get those of us in London and Seoul out of our homes over the weekend.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, those of you who have been watching this segment, know that I have been talking about "The Year of 12 Directors" series in London. Today, I'll introduce you to the last two directors in the series, Song Hae-seong and Lim Soon-rye. Here are the details.

In its last two months, "The Year of 12 Directors" series at the British Film Institute in London will feature Song Hae-seong in November and Lim Soon-rye in December.
The two have very different filmmaking styles, but both have achieved critical and commercial success.

Song Hae-seong is known for his outstanding ability to create strong male characters in films such as "Failan" from 2001 and "Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary" from 2004, which brought him his first taste of fame worldwide.
Back in Korea, Song later achieved commercial success with the 2006 film "Maundy Thursday," which was based on a novel by best-selling author Gong Ji-young.
In November, "Rikidozan" will be showing on the 8th, "Maundy Thursday" on the 15th and "Failan" on the 22nd. "A Better Tomorrow," Song's remake of the popular John Woo film, will be screening on the 29th, followed by a Q&A session with the director.

Lim Soon-rye, the featured director in December, surpasses gender stereotypes and explorations of the differences between men and women in her films and instead focuses on humanity.
Her stories tend to center around characters who are physically unattractive and who, on the surface, seem unsucessful and unsatistfied with their lives.
In her films, we see very ordinary people in situations that are at times comic and at times heart-warming.

In December, "Waikiki Brothers" will screen on the 6th, "Forever the Moment" on the 13th and "Fly, Penguin" on the 20th. The screening of "Rolling Home with a Bull" on the 27th will be followed by a Q&A session with the director.
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