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DIRTY CARNIVAL, A (Ha YOO, 2006)
“The best Korean gangster movie since Friend.” - Variety “Since I've got my foot into this world… might as well go all the way…” Second-in-rank Byung-doo is a gangster stuck b… Read more

END OF ANIMAL (Sung-hee Jo, 2010)
"A remarkable debut, a post-apocalyptic, existential quasi-monster movie on a shoestring budget, it recalls the darker works of Cormac McCarthy with an added supernatural tinge." - Cinephile ... Afte… Read more

FAMILY TIES (Kim Tae-yong, 2006)
“Here, you encounter a love completely different from what you have known or experienced before…” - filmmaker Kim Tae-yong Arguments turn to fighting, fighting to shouting, shouting to cr… Read more

family, a (Lee Jung-chul, 2004)
Ju-seok returns home after spending three years in jail for pickpocketing. She has always had a hostile relationship with her widowed father, a former cop whose job was revoked when he lost the sight… Read more

Ghost (Dahci Ma, 2011)
A starving fugitive, on the run from the police, is confronted with his crimes by his own subconscious. ... Director Dahci Ma is a guest of the Festival. ... D/S Dahci Ma P Jay Jeong WS Premium Films… Read more

Gift (Lee In-eui, 2006)
Lee Hyun-joo is top of her class, her only blemish in life is a persistent blocked nose. One morning, she is horrified when she expels a long worm-like creature from her nose. Free of the worm and he… Read more

GOOD LAWYER's WIFE, A (Im Sang-soo, 2004)
A Good Lawyer's Wife (Baramnan Gajok) South KoreaAfter shocking MIFF audiences in 2001 with his forthright look at teen life in Tears, acclaimed director Im Sang-soo returns with A Good Lawyer's Wife… Read more

HAHAHA (Hong Sangsoo, 2010)
“For Hong's fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Receiving the top prize in the Un Certain Re… Read more

HANSEL AND GRETEL (Yim Phil-Sung, 2007)
“Puts the ‘grim' in Grimm.” - Variety ... After a distracted Eun-Soo plows his car into the forest, the helping hand of a small girl guiding him to the warmth of the House of Happy Children see… Read more

HOST AND GUEST (Shin Dong-il, 2005)
“A virtual two-hander between an ornery skeptic and a young evangelist… with Host and Guest first time writer-director Dong-il Shin has fashioned a thoughtful, witty and involving gem.” - … Read more

HOST, THE (Bong Joon-ho, 2005)
Screened in Director's Fortnight, this film is, at once, a revelation (one of the few at Cannes this year) and a reaffirmation of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's ability to mould humour, socio-political sat… Read more

I’LL BE SEEING HER: WOMEN IN KOREAN CINEMA (Kim Soyoung, 2003)
Ranging from the classic, rarely seen films of the Golden Age of Korean cinema of the 50s, to the invigorating work emerging at the moment, this new documentary is a concise examination of female rep… Read more

IF YOU WERE ME (, 2004)
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 Kwan… Read more

IF YOU WERE ME: ANIMA VISION (Yoo Jinee, Kwon Oh-sung, 5 Directors Team, Amy Lee, Lee Sung-gang, Park Jae-dong, 2005)
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.… Read more

IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Hong Sang-soo, 2012)
“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 Hahah… Read more

Invocation (Kim, Jin Young, 1965)
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, Asia… Read more

JEALOUSY IS MY MIDDLE NAME (Park Chan-ok, 2002)
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… Read more

JEONJU DIGITAL PROJECT 2011 (Jean-Marie Straub, Claire Denis, José Luis Guerín, 2011)
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,… Read more

JOINT SECURITY AREA (Park Chan-wook, 2000)
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 investiga… Read more

JOURNALS OF MUSAN (Park Jung-Bum, 2010)
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 fr… Read more

Jury (Kim Dong-ho, 2012)
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… Read more

JUVENILE OFFENDER (Kang Yi-kwan, 2012)
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 al… Read more

Killing Pig (Jung Kang-woo, 2001)
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

KIMJONGILIA (NC Heikin, 2008)
“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 t… Read more

LAND OF SCARECROWS (Roh Gyeong-tae, 2008)
“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 wre… Read more

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