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Korean Film Festival 2012: Family Time

September 10, 2012

Last month it’s Japanese Film Festival aka Eiga Sai. This September, SM Cinemas will showcase seven family-themed top-grossing films in this year’s Korean Film Festival as part of on-going Korean Tourism month celebrations.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea aims to highlight the importance of family time.

Source: Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines Facebook Page


Source: Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines Facebook Page


The films to be screened are Jeon Woo Chi (전우치), Spellbound (오싹한연애), Bunt (날아라 허동구), A Barefoot Dream (맨발의 꿈), Late Blossom (그대를 사랑합니다), Arahan (아라한 장풍 대작전) and Highway Star (복면달호).

‘Spellbound‘ is an unusual mix of horror and romance, and focuses on the love story between road magician Jo-goo and the muse for his overnight success, Yu-ri. Yu-ri is haunted by ghosts and Jo-goo, who falls in love with her, has to rise above his fears to save the two of them.

‘Jeon Woo Chi’ tells the story of the eponymous playful apprentice who gets imprisoned in a scroll, having been wrongfully accused for murder. He gets freed 500 years later as a last resort to bring back the order into the world.

‘Bunt’ deals with the mentally-challenged Dong-ku who suddenly finds himself without ‘use’ upon the arrival of water purifiers. In an attempt to use his only capabilty, Dong-ku finds himself joining the baseball team.

The sports drama ‘A Barefoot Dream’ is a story of a former soccer prospect who heads to his dreams, the International Youth Soccer Championship, albeit with numerous almost-failures of detours.

Also in the list is the drama ‘Late Blossom,’ a heartwarming film on the lives of the two couples living not far apart from each other. It follows the two couples’ respective struggles on life and love.

‘Arahan’ follows the story of the honest yet clumsy rookie policeman Sang-hwan and the martial arts specialist Eui Jin. Together they fight the evil Heuk-woon whose greed wreaks havoc to mankind.

Capping off the list is the musical-comedy ‘Highway Star’ which tells the story of Dal-Ho and his dream. Dal-Ho wants to become a famous rock singer, but was forced to play trot to make ends meet. He later gets the chance to release an album but belatedly realized that he has to sing trot instead of rock n’ roll. His shame drives him to hide his face but his voice and his mysteriousness catapult him to unprecedented success.


Source of Featured Films Info: Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines website

  1. wow … korea has really trying to penetrate the scene in the Philippines. It is even free admission. This is good for movie fans . I just hope that we give more weight to promote our own .

  2. Wow! It’s nice that SM does filmfest screenings na rin, dati sa Shang lang. Wish I can watch the Highway Star!good thing my workplace is near mega lang 🙂

  3. I love Korean dramedies. =) I hope these Korean movies will be shown in Davao, too. I think Spellbound and Highway Star would be great to watch.

    1. I actually want to watch them all but I’m either coming from Lower Antipolo or Paranaque that my travel time sucks :))

      Hopefully next time these kind of events will be bought to Davao, since they dare to bring it to Baguio too.

    1. That is actually my initial hesitation, especially for those films that include supernatural theme even if it’s a love/family story. I’m a scared-y cat 😛

  4. I have to be honest. I’ve always tried to avoid Korean flicks for the longest time. Just a matter of preference. But this one definitely sparked my curiosity. Maybe I might take a peek….maybe.

  5. Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of Korean films (and I have an avid dislike of Korean television series) but if I had to watch one, it would probably be “Barefoot Dream”. It has the whole Shaolin Soccer vibe to it, plus it sounds almost like a Filipino film plot!

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