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Hawaii Film Festival Hails 14 from Korea

Nov 03, 2017
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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HIFF Puts Together Broad ‘Spotlight on Korea’ Program



One of the top destinations in the world for Korean films, the Hawaii International Film Festival returns this month and includes a 14-strong delegation from the Far Eastern film-making powerhouse. The 37th HIFF kicked off on November 2nd.

The bulk of this year’s Korean selection will be featured in the ‘Spotlight on Korea’ program. The nine titles in the section are JANG Hun’s blockbuster Gwangju drama A Taxi Driver, Hong Sangsoo’s Cannes competition selection The Day After, LEE Won-tae’s period prison drama Man of Will, KIM Bong-han’s 80s-set investigation drama Ordinary Person, KIM Hyung-joo’s port city crime comedy The Sheriff in Town, KIM Hyun-seok’s emotional drama I Can Speak and LEE An-gyu’s women-led gang action drama A Special Lady

SHIN Su-won’s Busan International Film Festival opener Glass Garden and JUNG Byung-gil’s Cannes midnighter The Villainess will be screened both in the ‘Spotlight on Korea’ and ‘Fantastic Asia’ programs. Other titles include MOON Chang-yong's Becoming Who I Was, the Berlinale-screened film featured in both the ‘Film For Thought’ and ‘Documentaries’ lineups, and KIM Sung-ho’s melodrama Notebook from My Mother in the ‘Eat. Drink. Film.’ section, which premiered in Busan last month.

Three shorts from Korea have also made it into the program, including BAE Kyung-heon’s Alone Together, the Grand Prize winner in the Korean shorts competition at the Jeonju International Film Festival this year, SONG Joo-sung’s widely screened Girl at the Door, and Joonha KIM’s A Taxi of Coldness.
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