Korean Film Festival returns with historical and classic-themed movies

Historical and classic-themed films will highlight the 2018 Korean Film Festival which will kick off on August 29.

Five Korean films will be shown at the annual film festival: The Pirates, Nameless Gangster, Dongju, Warriors of the Dawn, and Assassination. The festival will begin in Manila with the advance screening of ‘The Pirates’ at SM Megamall. Lee Seok-hoon, the director of the film, will be attending the said screening and will hold a Special Director’s Talk. Lee won the Best Director at the 22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards.

The 2018 Korean Film Festival will run until September 26 and will have stops in other cities. See schedule below:

The festival is free admission but will be on a first-come, first served basis. All films will have English subtitles. For more information, you may visit the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines’ website, email them at info@koreanculture.ph, or call them at 555-1711.

Here are the summaries of the historic and classic-themed films lined up for the festival (taken from the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines):

The Pirates 해적: 바다로 간 산적

On the eve of the founding of the Joseon Dynasty, a giant whale swallows the Emperor’s Royal Seal being brought to Joseon by envoys from China. The man entrusted with the seal – eager to save his head – blames a band of pirates for stealing it. With a big reward on whoever brings back the royal seal, mountain bandits led by Jang Sa-Jung go out to sea to hunt down the whale. However, he soon clashes with Yeo-wol, a female captain of pirates, and unexpected adventure unfolds.

Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time범죄와의 전쟁

“Nameless Gangster” depicts the clashes in the Busan underworld when the government declares its war against crime. A sacked corrupt customs officer, Choi Ik-Hyun and gangster Choi Hyung-Bae, formed a business partnership with the money from drug trafficking. As the government intensifies its war on crime, their partnership begins to crash.

DONGJU: The Portrait of A Poet 동주

The movie follows the life of poet Yun Dong-Ju and his imprisonment by the Japanese government for being involved in the Korean independence movement.

Assassination 암살

Yeom Seok-Jin, an agent from the interim government, is tasked with bringing together three Korean resistance fighters currently imprisoned to carry out an assassination. The assassination plot is intended to take out the Japanese army commander Kawaguchi and pro-Japanese Korean businessman Kang In-guk. However, as the three assassins intricately plan dangerous mission, they are double-crossed and a pair of contract killers are sent after them.

Warriors of the Dawn 대립군

To avoid the invading Japanese forces, King Seonjo escapes to the Ming Empire and abandons his people in the process. In his place, Prince Gwanghae leads the royal court and confronts the enemies with the help of hired soldiers led by To-Woo. The movie tells the story of Prince Gwanghae and his rise to power during the seven-year war from the perspective of his guard.

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