The British Film Institute, Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2012 and The London Korean Film Festival 2012 all have many interesting a varied Korean films on their screening list and of course, you go can see them!
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Here are a few snippets of some films showing at each event…
British Film Institute:
A South Korean science-fiction anthology film. The film shows three different stories of human self-desruction. In a hope to restore the humane compassion in the insensitive and emotionless modern age, the film displays an alternative form of genuine humanity.
A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace, only to discover dark, shocking truths about her and that she wasn’t the person he thought he knew. Based on the best-selling Japanese novel “All She Was Worth” by Miyabe Miyuki.
When a film director screams he cannot write a single word for his next project, a coffee shop waitress promises a good story if she’s paid the night. This is also the story of a man who wants to live again and find himself once more by revisiting his hometown to retrace his memories.
Get more information about all the films being shown at the British Film Institute how to book tickets to see them here.
Terracotta Far East Film Festival:
This is an explosive epic war drama spanning several countries, packed with action and heart-breaking emotion that tells for the first time the story of World War II from a Korean point of view.
The King of Pigs
A very dark and violent piece. After his business goes bankrupt, 30 something man kills his wife impulsively. Hiding his anger, he seeks out his former middle school classmate. For the first time in 15 years they meet and hiding, their own current situations, they talk about their school days.
At school, they were classified by their wealth and grades. The two boys were at the bottom – known as the “pigs”. They were bullied by a ruling class of “dogs”. This bullying led to a harrowing incident 15 years ago at the school, and they return to the site where the most shocking truth of what happened there is finally revealed.
Get more information about all the films being shown at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival how to book tickets to see them here.
A girl called Min-Ah discovers a shared diary and is fascinated to learn that two schoolmates she thought to be close friends have, in fact, begun a forbidden romance. Unable to tear her eyes away, the secret allure of the diary begins to consume her.
When one of the diary’s writers is found dead from an apparent suicide, rumors spread and Min-Ah begins to sense a strange presence. The once tranquil school is transformed into a morbid place of terror, as if the journal’s words, “memento mori” (remember the dead), have taken on life.
A film starring Hyun Bin of ‘Secret Garden’.
Anna is on her way to Seattle to attend her mother’s funeral on a special weekend release from prison where she is serving time for manslaughter for killing her abusive husband. On the bus, she meets Hoon, a “companion for hire” for lonely, older women. But, both find something in each other while spending a day together in the misty, autumnal city of Seattle.
War of the Arrow
Na-mi and Ja-in have grown up as traitors in the eyes of their country after their father stood up to their corrupt King, who was summarily executed in front of their eyes. Thirteen years later, and living under the protection of their father’s ally, Na-mi has turned into an experienced but directionless hunter. He decides to leave his adoptive family when Ja-in agrees to marry Su-koon but on their wedding day as Na-mi takes his leave the Manchurian attacks, killing whoever opposes them and enslaving the rest, which includes Ja-in. Equipped with this trusty bow, Na-mi tracks the army to free his sister and in doing so sparks the beginning of a rebellion in a broken country.
An action packed and exciting costume epic filled with some of excellent moments of archery.
Get more information about all the films being shown at The London Korean Film Festival how to book tickets to see them here.
Hopefully you will be able to find a South Korean film that you would like to see showing somewhere near you!
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[Film Synopses Sources: Wikipedia, koreanfilm.or.kr, bfi.org.uk, terracottafestival.com, koreanfilm.co.uk].