` Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) `

2015 Korean Film Festival in Metro Manila

 

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will present the final run of the Korean Film Festival at SM Meganall, Cinema 6, on October 8-11, 2015. 

 

This year's festival has the theme “Strings of Affinity" and features seven films that delve into the complexities of  human relationships in today's modern world.  The line-up includes the comedy-drama "Miss Granny" by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the drama-thriller "Cold Eyes" by Jo Ui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo, the war drama "The Front Line" by Hun Jang, the true-to-life drama "Hope" by Lee Joon-ik, the rom-com "Marriage Blue" by Hong Ji-young, and the coming of age film "Duresori: Voice of the East" by Cho Jung-Rae.

 

The film schedule is as follows:

 

In "Miss Granny," a 74-year-old widow transforms back into her 20 year-old self after her photo is taken at a mysterious photo studio.  With no one recognizing her, she  decides to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.

Shot in documentary style, “Duresori: Voice of the East” is based on a true story of third year students at the National High School of the Traditional Arts.  The musical interests of teacher and students collide as the former specializes in western music and the latter in traditional Korean music.  They must overcome the differences in their musical affinities for the annual summer concert.

 

One of the top grossing films in Korea, “The Thieves" follows a group of South Korean thieves along with  Hong Kong thieves commissioned to steal the diamond “Tear of the Sun”. Having their own special skills in stealing, the two teams work together in the biggest heist of their lives.

In “Cold Eyes "the surveillance team in the police department is tasked to take down an infamous bank robbing criminal group.  With a newbie on the team, the run into some unexpected challenges.

Set in the 1950s near the end of the Korean War, “The Front Line” tells the story of a young man who is sent to join the Alligator Company, which is known to be best soldiers on the front line.  Upon his transfer, he is surprised to run into a friend who he thought long dead--one sign in a string of many that unravels the strange conditions at the company.  With a truce promised for years but no end in sight, one man struggles to make sense of a crime in the face of countless lives sacrificed for war.

Based on a true story, “Hope” tells the story of a family coping up with the tragic incident that happened to their daughter: she was sexually assaulted--almost fatally--on her way to school.  As a result of the incident, she suffered from both physical injuries and severe emotional trauma. As they continue to recover on the incident while pursuing justice, the family also begins to strengthen their relationship.

A romantic comedy, “Marriage Blue” tells the misadventures of four engaged couples who are having second thoughts about getting married. The first couple is in the middle of planning their wedding when a secret from the past comes to light.  For the second couple, the bride-to-be is captivated by another man.  In the third couple, an old bachelor is insecure that his young foreigner fiancée is marrying him only for citizenship.  The last couple is about to have a shotgun wedding due to the bride-to-be's pregnancy, with the groom-to-be having doubts because of his partner's aloof attitude.

The festival was made possible in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Film Cultural Exchange Program, Korean Film Council, Korea Copyright Commission, Korea Tourism Organization, and SM Cinemas.  It kicked-off in SM Lanang Premiere in Davao last September 17 to 20, followed by a stopover at SM City Iloilo last September 24 to 27. From October 1 to 4, the film festival moved to SM City Cebu.  Now it is on its final leg at SM Megamall, Metro Manila, on October 8-11.

Admission is free to all.  Films are shown with English subtitles.

 

For more details, contact the Korean Cultural Center at 555-1711, or email [email protected]  You may also visit the FDCP facebook at www.facebook.com/FDCPH

 

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