The 2009 Korean Film Festival, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, the Korea-Philippines Cultural Foundation, Inc. and the Shangri-La Plaza, started last September 23. But because of its successful screening, it will be extended until October 6, 2009.
This year’s Film Fest includes some of the most widely-acclaimed Korean films in the past decade. For example Old Boy, an action film with a powerful storyline, directed by Park Chan-Wook was awarded the Grand Prix in the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Other films include Barking Dogs Never Bite, dark comedy directed by Bong Joon-Ho, who also directed Memories of Murder in 2003 and The Host in 2006; Sa-kwa, a romantic drama directed by Kang Yi-wan; the drama film Beyond the Years, directed by Im Kwon-Taek; The Show Must Go On, another drama film directed by Han Jae-Rim which won the Best Picture Award and Best Actor award for Song Kang-Ho at the 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards in November 2007; Forbidden Quest, a historical comedy directed by Kim Dae-Woo; and Driving with My Wife’s Lover, a drama film directed by Kim Tai-Sik, which was shown in the 2007 Sundance International Film Festival, the 2007 International Film Festival in Rotterdam and the 2007 Belgrade international Film Festival.