With the growing interest of the Filipinos in Korean popular culture, also known as “K-Pop”, the Emabassy of the Republic of Korea underscores the importance of family time–their theme for this year’s Korean Film Festival to be shown in SM Malls in Manila and Cebu from September 18 to October 7.
The Manila leg was scheduled last September 18 to 23 at SM Megamall, and September 26 to 30 in SM City Baguio. For the Visayas leg, SM City Cebu will be hosting the film festival on October 3 to 7.
The Korean Film Festival, now on its fourth year, will be spearheaded by the Korean Cultural Center and will be featuring seven family-themed top-grossing films.
The films to be screened are as follows:
Jeon Woo Chi (전우치) – Tells the story of the eponymous playful apprentice who gets imprisoned in a scroll, having been wrongfully accused for murder. He gets freed 500 years later as a last resort to bring back the order into the world.
Spellbound (오싹한연애) – Under the direction of In Ho Hwang, the film is an unusual mix of horror and romance, and focuses on the love story between road magician Jo-goo and the muse for his overnight success, Yu-ri. Yu-ri is haunted by ghosts and Jo-goo, who falls in love with her, has to rise above his fears to save the two of them.
Bunt (날아라 허동구) – Deals with the mentally-challenged Dong-ku who suddenly finds himself without ‘use’ upon the arrival of water purifiers. In an attempt to use his only capabilty, Dong-ku finds himself joining the baseball team.
A Barefoot Dream (맨발의 꿈) – A story of a former soccer prospect who heads to his dreams, the International Youth Soccer Championship, albeit with numerous almost-failures of detours.
Late Blossom (그대를 사랑합니다) – A heartwarming film on the lives of the two couples living not far apart from each other. It follows the two couples’ respective struggles on life and love.
Arahan (아라한 장풍 대작전) – The film follows the story of the honest yet clumsy rookie policeman Sang-hwan and the martial arts specialist Eui Jin. Together they fight the evil Heuk-woon whose greed wreaks havoc to mankind.
Highway Star (복면달호) – Capping off the list is the musical-comedy ‘Highway Star’ which tells the story of Dal-Ho and his dream. Dal-Ho wants to become a famous rock singer, but was forced to play trot to make ends meet. He later gets the chance to release an album but belatedly realized that he has to sing trot instead of rock n’ roll. His shame drives him to hide his face but his voice and his mysteriousness catapult him to unprecedented success.
Aside from free admission is free, the movies in film festivals are not commercialized. Actors and actresses are not well-known and if you get lucky, you’ll see real acting. This on a first-come, first-served basis, be sure to come early to snag good seats.
Here’s the schedule in SM City Cebu:
For the full festival schedule, please visit the KCC homepage at www.koreanculture.ph or email the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.