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7 Korean Films Invited to HIFF Spring Showcase
Apr 01, 2015
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Variety of Genres on Show in Hawaii
The HIFF Spring Showcase, an offshoot of the Hawaii International Film Festival, is taking place over April 10th to 19th and, just as in previous years, it will feature a healthy dose of Korean cinema. Seven titles spanning a range of genres have been programmed to suit all tastes, including one surprise screening which will be revealed at a later date.
Crime and action fans will have the opportunity to see YOO Ha’s new crime opus Gangnam Blues, starring the immensely popular Hallyu idol LEE Min-ho, known for TV work such as City Hunter (2011) and The Heirs (2013). They will also be treated to CHOI Ho’s Big Match, featuring LEE Jung-jae as an MMA fighter who goes up against SHIN Ha-kyun.
There are also a pair of period offerings on the cards, including the Joseon Era drama The Royal Tailor, from director LEE Won-suk and featuring actors HAN Suk-kyu and KO Soo, and star HA Jung-woo’s second directorial outing, the 1950s-set Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, in which he stars alongside HA Ji-won.
Rounding out the lineup are two comedy titles, PARK Jin-pyo’s romcom Love Forecast, starring MOON Chae-won and LEE Seung-gi, and Granny’s Got Talent by SHIN Han-sol, featuring veteran KIM Su-mi as a grandmother who takes part in a televised cursing battle.