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If You Were Me (Yeoseot gae ui siseon)South KoreaA dynamic collection of six shorts from some of South Korea's hottest directors, dissecting the vices of Korean society. Face Value Director Park Kwang-su (Uprising, 1999) offers an innovative take on the notion of 'Don't judge a book by its ... Read more
Taking their cues from the umbrella theme of ‘prejudice', highly talented Korean animators have put their minds together to create If You Were Me: Anima Vision, a collection of six animated shorts. Spearheaded by Korea's National Human Rights Commission, which launched the first omnibus feature ... Read more
“This is a visually eccentric and puppyishly funny film: the very best kind of odd.” - The Telegraph ... MIFF regular Hong Sang-soo (Oki's Movie, MIFF 11; the Prix Un Certain Regard winning Hahaha, MIFF 10) returns with this delicate romantic comedy starring Isabelle Huppert as a Frenchwoman ... Read more
Two brothers eke out a hand-to mouth existence gutting fish. Their mother is in hospital, dying from an incurable disease. In the Jungle is a confronting look at contemporary Korean life. It is a challenging film—dark and gritty, at times reminiscent of Ken Loach's sombre 'social realism'. An ... Read more
“If Jacques Tati, the French comic absurdist, had ever made a gangster thriller, it probably would have looked like Invisible Waves.” - Hollywood Reporter This ethereal existential offering from Thai revelation, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who was the subject of a special MIFF spotlight in 2004 ... Read more
A dance drama based on a Korean legend which has it that witches can recall departed souls, but that these souls are permitted to stay in this world only during the hours of darkness. ... Prize, Asian Festival. ... Read more
Wongsang is a struggling student, living in a single room and working part-time as a plumber while finishing his thesis in literature. He dreams of studying abroad, but his financial situation is not particularly rosy, and to make matters worse his girlfriend just dumped him. When he is offered a ... Read more
Each year, the Jeonju International Film Festival commissions three filmmakers to create low budget digital shorts to premiere for its annual highlight - the Jeonju Digital Project. ... With An Heir, Jean-Marie Straub interprets texts by Alsatian writer Maurice Barrès to investigate his conflicted ... Read more
At a border post between North and South Korea, three soldiers are dead and the two surviving witnesses to their killing have attempted suicide. Into a potentially explosive situation steps investigator Jang. Swiss/Korean Jang has been selected as a neutral party qualified to unravel a mystery that ... Read more
For a North Korean in South Korea, the grass isn't always greener. ... Having escaped the oppressiveness of North Korea, Jeon Seung-chul is determined to build a better life for himself amidst the freedoms of the South. However, introverted and ill-suited to Seoul society, Jeon begins to find his ... Read more
Kim Ho-dong has been on the jury for more than 40 film festivals, giving him a unique insight into the process that he hilariously skewers in this satirical, self-aware look at film festivals and the awards judging process. ... D Kim Dong-ho P Hong Hyo-dook S Zhang Lu, Yoon Seong-ho WS Indiestory L ... Read more
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival. ... When 16-year-old Ji-gu gets out of juvenile detention, he's shocked to discover that Hyo-seung, the mother he long thought dead, is alive. Taken to live with her in her cramped, shared apartment, Ji-gu discovers that when the world ... Read more
This remarkable fable about a gang of kids who emulate an adult pig hunt will chill you to the bone. The results are devastating and lead to radical changes for this once carnivorous village. ... Read more
“A totally original and ultimately inspiring consideration of the extremes human beings can suffer, and yet still hold out hope for a better future.” - Sundance Film Festival ... Kimjongilia is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian and human rights disaster of North Korea. Weaving a ... Read more
... ... The film is founded on perception of the very close connection between Korea's modern history and the development of Korean cinema. Jang Sun-Woo's view of history negotiates its way around all the trip-wires that criss-cross both the country and its cinema. He questions what Korea was, is ... Read more
Daily life in a Korean farm village throughout the four seasons of the year is interwoven with traditional customs and events such as birthday ceremonies, New Year's Day and kite flying. ... Read more
“Human life is like Pandora's Box, too ambiguous and magical to measure.” - filmmaker Roh Gyeong-tae ... Within the decaying landscape of an industrialised South Korean city, three lost souls wrestle with questions of identity and meaning in Roh Gyeong-tae's follow up to his praised debut ... Read more
“Film festivals and cinema workshops come across as hotbeds of drunken brawls, fulsome schmoozing and adulterous sex.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In a self-reflexive jibe, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07; Night and Day, MIFF 08) skewers artistic pretensions and sends up the ... Read more
Set in a time neither past nor present, Link explores the relation of reality and fiction in a brilliant one shot. A drunk comes across a crazy naked man lying in a deserted tunnel and loses more than his clothes. Through allegory, this film presents the link of violence between humans. ... Read more
Looking For Bruce Lee is a post-millennium, spiky Korean Hard Day's Night, revolving around real-life band Crying Nut (Korea's most successful punk act) and their often futile attempts to understand the world around them. Crying Nut perform at Drug, an underground club in the lively university ... Read more
[Low Life] is the staggering 99th feature of Korean cinema master Im Kwon-taek, in which he continues to put traditional Korean culture at the heart of his aesthetic enterprise. ... The visually splendid [Low Life] is set in one of the most turbulent times of Korea's recent past, from the time of ... Read more
“Heralds a dark wit and sleek intelligence guided by a creatively secure humility.” - Variety ... Death, family and literature all come to the forefront but not necessarily in that order, as three seemingly unrelated guests at a funeral reveal their hidden relationships with the deceased and ... Read more
Equal parts Carrie-style supernatural thriller and seething lesbian love story, Memento Mori is a radically stylish Korean feature debut. High-schooler Min-ah happens upon a scarlet diary, a record of shared moments between schoolgirls Hyo-shin and Shi-eun. Min-ah's suspicion that there is more ... Read more
Originally created for the Jeonju International Film Festival's Digital Project, Memories is a short film triptych from three very different European directors. German Harun Farocki's Respite is an original take on the Holocaust using black and white footage of inmates at a concentration camp ... Read more
Memories of Murder (Sarineui Chueok) South KoreaOne of South Korea's box-office smashes of 2003, Memories of Murder is the latest film from acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho, who dazzled MIFF audiences in 2001 with Barking Dogs Never Bite. Part atmospheric thriller, part low-key comedy, part ... Read more
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