Tuesday, June 10, 2008
"Sicko" at Suncheon's movie theaters.
The 2007 Michael Moore documentary "Sicko" will be shown at Suncheon's two movie theaters tonight and tomorrow night. It will be at Primus tonight at 8 pm and at Lotte tomorrow at 7:30. Tickets are discounted to 3,000 won for adults and 2,500 for students. There is a poster advertising this event on my school's bulletin board, and I can think of no other reason to promote this film at this time other than to celebrate an acclaimed documentary. *cough* Actually, while it has been very well-received, and while I'm sure it's very informative, it's hard for me to think that it's no coincidence that the film is showing up in local theaters now, concerns about privatized health care not withstanding. Moreover, it's hard for me to think there aren't ulterior motives for advertising for it at school, at discounted rates, especially considering the Korea Teachers' Union's very vocal attitudes toward the US and toward American beef. I don't recall prominently-displayed advertisements for movies on domestic social issues, or issues that don't involve some foreign country or other. Just check out that poster . . . while it's not unique to, or designed for Korea, the imagery looks familiar to those who have been hanging around anti-beef protests. I haven't decided yet whether I'll check out one of the shows, or whether it's just a better idea to stay home.