The Korean Film Festival (KFF) is back in full force this year, six years after the first one in 2009.
The four-day event begins today and be held simultaneously in five different GSC locations around the country: Pavilion KL and 1Utama in the Klang Valley, Gurney Plaza in Penang, CityONE Megamall Kuching and Suria Sabah in Kota Kinabalu.
“On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, I am delighted to announce that the Korean Film Festival is back,” says Minister Yoon Chang Yul, the embassy’s deputy chief of mission.
Taking note of the large Korean fanbase in Malaysia, he hopes that initiatives such as the film festival will strengthen ties between the two nations.
“It is a good platform to give Malaysians an insight into our lifestyle and culture,” he says of the KFF.
This year, there will be a selection of 10 movies across diverse film genres, including dramas, romantic comedies, thrillers and animation. Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Malaysia Seo Ki Won shares that the movies selected are from the best of Korean cinema.
“We have blockbuster hits, and small hidden treasures that have received good response from critics and audiences in South Korea. There is a growing interest in Korean culture through K-dramas and K-Pop in Malaysia, and we believe that this film festival will be well-received,” he adds.
The KFF 2015 is organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Malaysia with the support of the Korean Film Council. All movies are in Korean with English subtitles.
Here are the films that will be shown:
The Thieves (Action/Crime, 136 minutes)
Locked away in a casino in Macau is a priceless diamond known as the Tear of the Sun. Popeye and his group of thieves are determined to steal this fabled diamond, but there seems to be too many fingers in the pie.
Who will succeed and live to see another day?
Marriage Blue (Romance, 118 minutes)
A former baseball player and a urologist tying the knot? A chef and a nail artist? A florist whose fiancee is from Uzbekistan. A hospital section chief with a wedding planner bride-to-be? Follow these four couples as they prepare for their weddings.
The Front Line (Drama/War, 133 minutes)
Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean bullet is found in the dead body of a commander.
Amidst gunfire and battles with his personal demons, Lieutenant Kang is ordered to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Confession Of Murder (Action/Thriller, 120 minutes)
A serial killer publishes a book describing the crimes he committed in grisly detail.
Meanwhile, Detective Choi attempts to capture the criminal he let slip past his fingers 15 years ago.
My Paparotti (Drama, 124 minutes)
The story of music teacher Sang-jin and high school student and gangster Jang-ho, who dreams of becoming a singer.
Man On The Edge (Comedy, 127 minutes)
By night, Kwang-ho is a mobster. During the day, he works as a shaman. Now, even ghosts are asking him for help, and he starts to sympathise with the plight of one ghost child who has no one else to turn to.
The King Of Pigs (Animation, 97 minutes)
Kyunh-min’s company has gone belly-up, his old friend can barely make ends meet, and he is leading a miserable life. This is his story.
Green Days: Dinosaur And I (pictured above, animation, 100 minutes)
A nostalgic coming-of-age story about high school student Yi-rang who struggles to find meaning in her existence while juggling her dreams and aspirations. This is hand-drawn animation at its best.
Duresori: The Voice of East (Drama, 108 minutes)
Best friends Seul-Gi and Ah-Reum are music majors who have to attend a special summer school class.
Chaos ensues when their teacher has different ideas about what makes a choral performance competitive.
All About My Wife (Romantic Comedy, 122 minutes)
Doo-hyeon thinks his wife is the scariest person on earth, but also thinks that divorce is the scariest thing imaginable. Almost at breaking point, he hires a womaniser to seduce his wife, so he can finally be free of her.