FORBIDDEN QUEST (Eumranseosaeng in the original language) is a South Korean ode to pornography that takes the shape of a combination costume spectacle, history lesson, love story, comedy, western, action film, torture fest and martial arts movie. I think I've left out a few genres, but feel free to fill them in when you view the film. The above is a lot to pack into any film, even one, such as this Quest, that runs just over two and one-third hours (South Korean audiences do love their length). I'm not sure, however, that I'd have easily given up even one of the movie's succulent, moist minutes.
Han Suk-kyu (shown above, from Green Fish, The President's Last Bang, Tell Me Something and the recently screened White Night), who randomly comes across an indecent novel. Hesitant, frightened nearly, to read it, he’s soon hooked and then inspired to write his own, persuading a crack artist and infamous captain of guards, Gwang-Heon (Lee Beom-Su, of My Wife Is a Gangster 3), to illustrate it for him. Of course the book becomes a hot seller, making its way to the purview of Jeong-Bin, the king’s favorite concubine, played by Kim Min-jung (below, left).
TrustMovies has seen. And considering that New Yorkers can view it absolutely free on the big screen in its original Korean language with English subtitles -- tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 5, at 7 pm (remember: first come, first served; doors open at 6:30) at the Tribeca Cinema, 54 Varick Street in Manhattan, courtesy of the Korean Cultural Service -- I'd call this a very good deal.