Korean Film Festival Extended to October 6

Filipinos are now hooked with Korean pop culture with tagalized koreanovelas getting high tv ratings and music from Korean artists climbing the local charts. Now, we can check out their movies via the Korean Film Festival.

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.

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