The 6th Korean Film Festival is running this weekend at GSC Mid Valley

The 6th Korean Film Festival is running this weekend at GSC Mid Valley

Six South Korean hits will be playing on the big screen from November 25 to 27

ON Monday night (November 21) at GSC cinemas in Mid Valley Megamall, the sixth Korean Film Festival was officially launched, once again serving as a cultural bridge between Malaysian lovers of Korean culture and some of the best films the Republic of Korea can offer.

The opening ceremony was attended by Shirley Low, chief marketing officer, Golden Screen Cinemas, Yeo Seung-bae, Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Korea to Malaysia, and U-Wei Haji Saari, Malaysian film director and member of the Advisory Panel at Kuala Lumpur Film School.

“The impact of the Korean cinema is becoming a phenomenon. I think once Korea decided to take up something it means business and it won’t stop until it gets what it aims for, for example, to the international level,” said U-Wei in his opening remarks, taking time to note the strides Korean cinema has made in just a few decades.

(L-R) Film director U-Wei Haji Saari, Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Korea to Malaysia Yeo Seung-bae, and chief marketing officer of Golden Screen Cinemas Shirley Low. – Pic courtesy of the Korean Film Festival

“Our embassy always strives to provide more opportunities for those Malaysian friends who want to know better everything about Korea. Such interaction should not be one-sided. That is why we are working to introduce the culture and history of Malaysia to the Korean public, while promoting Korean culture here in Malaysia,” said the Ambassador-designate Yeo Seung-bae.

“We already see that the interest about Malaysia is getting more enhanced in Korea lately. A total of four Malaysian films such as ‘Stone Turtle’ and ‘A place called Silence’ were screened at Korea’s biggest film festival, Busan International Film Festival last month.

“All of them received positive responses from the audience. In fact, the trend started long ago when Director U-Wei participated in the very first Busan International Film Festival with his film ‘Kaki Bakar’.”

“The GSC Group recently released ‘Ajoomma’, a Singaporean-Korean drama film directed by He Shuming in our GSC International Screens. The response has been pretty encouraging so far, hence it will be great if we can work on more collaboration with the Korean Embassy,” said Low in her speech.

The Korean Film Festival is running from November 25 to 27 at GSC cinemas in Mid Valley Megamall, bringing six box office hits.

These films are:

‘Little Forest,’ starring Kim Tae Ri, tells the story of a young woman who gets tired of life in the big city and moves back to her hometown in the country. There, she heals her emotional wounds with the help of nature, food and her long-time friends.

‘A Taxi Driver,’ the 17th film in South Korean box-office history to surpass 10 million admissions – which is saying something as the total population of the country is 50 million. South Korean acting legend Song Kang-ho is a taxi driver who unintentionally witnesses and is involved in the brutality of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. This historical action film has won numerous awards, including Best Foreign Film in 2018 Grownups Award, Best Film in Korean Association of Film Critics Award in 2018.

‘Fengshui,’ is a period drama about those vying for the throne and fighting over burial grounds, as well as a young man who lost his parents and seeks vengeance on the king. The film tells the story of a fengshui expert who can predict which land will bring good fortune, and the people around him who compete to occupy the land in order to change their fate and become king.

‘Assassination’ stars Lee Jung Jae, the Emmy Award winner from ‘Squid Game’, along with Gianna Jun. This film is set in the early 1900s, when Japan occupied Korea and many Korean resistance activists fled to China to avoid capture, and an assassination plot that targets a pro-Japanese organisation.

‘I Can Speak,’ a comedy-drama film, depicts the life of a survivor of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945). Na Moon-hee won numerous best actress awards for her portrayal of a surviving ‘comfort woman,’ a euphemistic term for a victim of Japan’s sexual slavery during World War II

‘My Paparotti,’ is inspired by a true story about the special friendship between a high school gangster and a music teacher who encourages him to pursue his dream of becoming a singer like the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti

All these movies can be watched free of charge, though a RM0.50 booking surcharge applies.

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source – The Vibes

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