Chingus, ready your OOTDs, clear up your schedule, and mark your calendars because the 2022 Korean Film festival (KFF) is finally here after 2 years. The KKF returns two years after the global COVID-19 pandemic began, with a variety of activities including free live screenings of Korean movies and a panel discussion with some of the filmmakers from August 11 to 14.
For three days, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCCPhil), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and SM Cinema, will feature thriller and feel-good Korean films at these cinemas:
- SM Megamall Cinema No. 2
- SM Grand Central Cinema No.3
- SM Mall of Asia Cinema No. 5
- SM North EDSA Cinema No. 6
- SM Southmall Cinema No. 3
The film festival will show Deliver Us From Evil, featuring Emmy-nominated Squid Game actor Lee Jung-jae. The film, directed by Hong Wong-chan, is about an assassin whose retirement is being disrupted as his past continues to haunt him.
Lee Woo-youth Jung’s movie Snowball, meanwhile, is about three closest friends who resolve to leave their homes together.
Fans will have the opportunity to hear Hong and Lee talk about their films at the Talk with the Filmmakers event on August 11 at Cinematheque Manila, where they will be joined by Filipino directors Joey Reyes and Maria Paiso.
The festival’s lineup also includes Miracle: Letter to the President, a true-life drama starring Yoona from Girls’ Generation, and Escape from Mogadishu, a historical drama about North and South Korean diplomats working to escape the Somalian civil war in 1991.
If dramas are more your taste, you could want to look into The Day I Died, a story that explores the strange death of a young girl on an island.
A best-selling novelist who is shown in the romantic comedy Perhaps Love as being in a creative rut and eventually changing after meeting another young writer.
The Novelist’s Film, which portrays a female novelist on vacation as she battles writer’s block, is another title on the list. Through the perspective of an artist, the movie takes viewers on a voyage of self-discovery.
The distribution of tickets for these movies will take place on a first-come, first-served basis at theaters.
For this year’s Korean Film Festival, KCCPhil also collaborated with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Korean Film Council, and Korean Tourism Organization Manila Office.
Last year 2021, the Korean Film Festival streamed seven free Korean movies for the public.