Eight movies will be showcased during the festival and they are:
JSA – Joint Security Area (2000)
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hyun, Song Kang-ho and Kim Tae-woo
Two North Korean soldiers are killed on the Bridge of No Return at the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone). The North claims that the incident was an attack by the South Koreans while the South claims that one of their soldiers was kidnapped.
Enter Major Sophie E. Jean, a Korean-Swiss Army Intelligence Bureau officer who is tasked to solve the dispute. It’s a tough case to crack as both sides refuse to cooperate, but as Major Jean investigates, she uncovers a rather surprising friendship between the opposing parties.
Art Museum by the Zoo (1999)
Director: Lee Jeong-hyang
Starring: Shim Eun-ha, Lee Sung-jae, Ahn Sung-kee and Song Sun-mi
From the same director who brought us the 2002 drama The Way Home, this romance flick is reportedly based on the helmer’s own experiences. On leave from the military, Chul-soo returns to his fiancee’s empty apartment. He cleans up the place and cooks for her but soon discovers that she has moved out! He also receives the heartbreaking news that his fiancee has already married another man.
With nowhere to go, the new tenant, who is a wedding videographer, decides to let Chul-soo bunk in with her. The lady also happens to be penning a screenplay for a competition and as things turn out, the pair teams up to work on it – a love story between a woman who works at an art museum and man who works at the nearby zoo.
Director: Kim Jung-kwon
Starring: Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Ji-tae
Ham radio and time “travel”, this sounds very much like Jim Caviezel’s Frequency. Oh and with a romance going on, throw in Keanu Reeves’ The Lake House (which incidentally is a remake of the Korean movie Il Mare) as well.
During the lunar eclipse of 1979, college student So-eun comes in contact with a stranger through a ham radio. She discovers that the man she is talking to is attending the same university so they decide to meet the following day.
Both turn up for the appointment yet miss each other. Angry, So-eun gets in touch with her friend again only to discover that he is living in the year 2000!
See that? Like the Lake House, right?
Director: Han Ji-seung
Starring: Lee Sung-jae and Ko So-young
Suk-yoon and Jin-won are college sweethearts. After tying the knot, the couple wants to start a family. One day, they receive the news that they are pregnant. They are overjoyed and their days are filled with anticipation and love until they discover that what they thought would be a lifetime with their child will not last more than a day!
My Heart (2000)
Director: Bae Chang-ho
Starring: Kim Yu-mi, Kim Myung-gon and Yun Yu-sun
At 16, Sun-yi was married off to a 10-year-old spoilt brat, who grows up to be a 20-year-od spoilt brat. Their marriage is an unhappy one and when her husband brings home his mistress, Sun-yi decides to leave him. The film mostly follows her journey of self discovery after she sets out on her own.
I Wish I Had a Wife (2000)
Director: Park Heung-sik
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon and Seol Kyeong-gu
Kim Bong-soo is a manager at a small bank in an apartment complex and he is a diligent and hard worker. One day, he decides to break routine after an incident causes him to realise that his life is consumed by work. Little does he know that he has an admirer in Won-ju, the lady who works across the street. Romance blossoms?
Just Do it (2000)
Director: Park Dae-young
Starring: Ahn Suk-hwan, Park Sang-myeon, Park Jin-hee and Jung Jun
Byung-hwan and his family live from hand to mouth but their fortune changes after an accident.
After being hit by a car, Byung-hwan receives compensation from an insurance company. Seeing how easy it is to get money that way, Byung-hwan and his family launch their nefarious plans to swindle the company. However, the insurance company becomes suspicious and sends an investigator to do some digging.
Phew, that took some time to compile. Anyways, which movies have you watched and what would you recommend us? Ditto, JSA and I Wish I Had a Wife sounds interesting to me :-).
2007 Korean Film Festival @ GSC
Date: Oct 25 – 29, 2007
Venues: GSC Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur and GSC 1 Utama (New Wing), Petaling Jaya
Date: Nov 1 – 5, 2007
Venue: GSC Gurney Plaza, Penang
Source & pics courtesy of Golden Screen Cinemas
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