Tujan: Korean Film Festival 2016 at SM Cinemas

THE annual Korean Film Festival unreels to showcase five blockbuster and critically acclaimed films at selected SM Cinemas from September 8 to October 16. With Strong Hearts as this year’s theme, the festival will feature films with characters with strong personalities and those who pursue their goals and desires with courage and determination.

A joint partnership between the Korean Embassy’s Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines and SM Cinema, the film festival will begin its run at SM City Clark in Pampanga from September 8 to 11. This will be followed by screenings at SM Lanang Premier in Davao from September 15 to 18, SM City Iloilo from September 22 to 25, SM City Cebu from September 29 to October 1, and at SM City Dasmariñas in Cavite on October 6 to 9. The film festival's culminating event will be on October 8 to 11 at SM Megamall.

Other partners include the Korean Film Council (Kofic), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Film Cultural Exchange Program, the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila (KTO), and the Korea Copyright Commission.

The featured films give us a glimpse of Korean history and culture. Ode to My Father is a South Korean drama that depicts modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present day. This is seen through the life of an ordinary man, as he experienced events such as the Hungnam evacuation of 1950 during the Korean War, the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to Germany in the 1960s, and the Vietnam War.

Other films highlight different aspects of the Korean everyday life. On the lighter side, there is The Beauty Inside, a story about a furniture designer who wakes up in a different body every day, regardless of age, gender, and nationality and how he could reunite with his special someone; and How to Use Guys with Secret Tips, a part romantic comedy, part satire of the Korean film industry. This wacky and charming tale follows and overworked woman’s attempt to improve her relationship with men.

There are also crime and action films such as Confession of Murder, which is about a man who confesses murders he committed by publishing a book and a detective who is searching for the author of the book; and The Suspect, which is about a North Korean agent who tries to uncover the volatile secrets hidden inside the eyeglasses of a dead man after he’s betrayed and has escaped.

For more information and queries, please contact the Korean Cultural Center at 555-1711 or email events@koreanculture.ph.

The 2016 Korean Film Festival is one of the many interesting cultural events of SM Cinema.

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