Korean Film Festival in PH starts Sept. 7 » Manila Bulletin Entertainment


Five movies are for showcase in this year’s Korean Film Festival in the Philippines.

Scenes from (clockwise from top left) ‘Twenty,’ My Brilliant Life,’ ‘How to Steal a Dog,’ ‘The King of Jokgu’ and ‘Very Ordinary Couple’ (Korean Film Council)

The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines will launch the film festival on Sept. 7 with the showing of “How to Steal a Dog” at SM Megamall. The movie’s director, Kim Seong Ho, will attend the opening ceremony and will also conduct a director’s talk at the UP Film Institute on Sept. 6 and Film Development Council of the Philippines on Sept. 8.

“How to Steal A Dog” won three awards at the 33rd Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival in Poland.
Other Korean films for screening are “Twenty,” “My Brilliant Life,” “Very Ordinary Couple,” and “King of Jokgu.”
The Korean Film Festival will run until Oct.15 and will also be held in Davao from Sept. 14-17, Iloilo from Sept. 21-24, Cebu from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, Pampanga from Oct. 5-8, and Cavite from Oct. 12-15.

“How to Steal a Dog” stars Lee Re, Kim Hye-ja, Choi Min-soo, Lee Ji-won and Lee Chun-hee. It is about 10-year-old Ji-so (played by Lee Re) who sees a missing dog poster with a $500 reward and believes that it can buy her family a house. They target Wolly, a dog by a rich old lady (played by Kim Hye-ja) who owns a restaurant where Ji-so’s mom works.

“Twenty” is headlined by actors Kim Woo-bin, Kang Ha-neul and 2PM’s Lee Junho and centers on three best friends who turn 20 and must decide what to do with their lives.

Song Hye-kyo and Kang Dong-won star in “My Brilliant Life,” a film about a couple whose son is diagnosed with progeria, a genetic condition in children that manifests rapid aging.

“Very Ordinary Couple” is about couple Lee Dong-hee, played by Lee Min-ki, and Jang Young, played by Kim Min-hee, who broke up but decide to give their relationship another chance.

Actor Ahn Jae-Hong, who starred in the drama “Reply 1988,” headlines “The King of Jokgu,” a film that centers on the Korean sport jokgu, a cross between football and volleyball.

Admission is free and all films have English subtitles.

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