6 Korean movies to screen at film festival
MANILA -- Six famous Korean films representing the new wave of Korean cinema will be screened for Filipino audiences at this year's Korean Film Festival.
Noting the growing interest in Korean culture in the Philippines, the Korean Cultural Center will hold the 2013 Korean Film Festival from September 18 to October 10 in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao. The films to be shown are "Green Days," "Masquerade," "Sunny," "A Werewolf Boy," "Deranged" and "Dancing Queen."
The animated film "Green Day" is a growing-up story of a track runner Yi-Rang; Soo-Min, a pretty transfer student from Seoul; and Chul-soo, as they chase for their dreams.
Another film, "Masquerade," stars Lee Byung-hun of "G.I Joe" fame and Han Hyo-joo. It is about the intricacies of court life during the Joseon dynasty. King Gwang-hae has been poisoned and Ha-sun, who looks exactly like the king, replaces him until the true king recovers. But Ha-sun’s different personality brings positive changes among his people.
"Sunny," meanwhile, revolves around seven girls and their friendship in high school, as shown through the journey of Na-mi. Chun-hwa, one of the girls, is terminally ill and asks Na-mi to gather the old members of Sunny one last time before she dies.
Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-young made the fantasy-romance flick "A Werewolf Boy" about a young “wolf boy” and a girl who had just arrived in a small countryside town, where they fall in love against a cold world.
In "Deranged," the whole country panics over an epidemic of suicides, with the victims jumping into the river. Medical supplies salesman Jae-hyuk realizes that his family has developed the symptoms of the drowning victims. With his brother, detective Jae-pil, they begin their search for an antidote.
"Dancing Queen" is the story of the wife of a Seoul mayoral candidate, who was formerly a dancer. Her dreams came to a halt when her husband, Jung-min, decides to run for mayor.
The 2013 Korean Film Festival is presented in cooperation with the Korean Embassy, Korean Film Council, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Korea Tourism Organizatio-Manila, Korea Copyright Commission, SM Cinema, SM Cinema Megamall, SM Cinema Lanang and LG.
The film festival will open in SM Megamall and will run from September 18 to 22, to be followed by SM Iloilo from September 26 to 29.
From October 3 to 6, the film festival will move to SM Cebu and will have its final run on October 10 to 13 at SM Lanang in Davao.
Admission is free.