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The President's Barber

This engaging political satire (2004) features Song Kang Ho as a naive neighborhood barber who finds himself swept up in two decades of political turmoil when he bumbles into becoming personal hairstylist to Park Chung Hee, the South Korean leader assassinated in 1979. What starts out as an honor soon becomes a nightmare as the lowly barber is pestered for presidential favors and his family is pulled into an increasingly ugly political situation. Director and cowriter Lim Chan Sang uses the film's considerable charm and humor to cloak some sharp barbs aimed at Park's authoritarian rule and the skulduggery of the Korean CIA. In Korean with subtitles. 115 min.

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