Photos by Elaine Lim
The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) formally opened the two-day film festival in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the March 1 Korean Independence Movement, April 4 at the Shangri-La Plaza Red Carpet.
Titled “Remembering the Heroes,” the film festival was a partnership among the KCC, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and Shangri-La Plaza.
It was opened by KCC Philippines Director Lee Jincheol, FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño, and Shangri-La Plaza EVP and General Manager Danila Fojas. Director Lee hopes that this film festival will give Filipinos a better understanding of Korea beyond its pop culture and food.
Ms. Liza Diño also thanks the KCC for initiating this event as they looking forward to more celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Philippines-South Korea bilateral relations and that she is grateful for the KCC for bringing more Korean films to the country.
“Remembering the Heroes” will also be the first Korean film fest to be held at the Shangri-La Plaza. “Shangri-La Plaza wants to put forward narratives that make us understand our Asian allies more and stroylines that discuss events in history that should not be forgotten,” Ms. Danila Fojas of Shangri-La Plaza said.
“Remembering the Heroes” will feature two films. The first film, “Man of Will,” dives into the life of Kim Chang-soo, a Korean who was imprisoned for the killing of a Japanese ronin. Upon realizing that his fellow inmates were impoverished and uneducated, he teaches them. Together, they revolt against the Japanese regime and fight for Korean independence.
The second film is “The Last Princess” which follows the story of the last princess of the Joseon Dynasty. Forced to move out of Korea and study in Japan at thirteen, Princess Deokhye attempts to return to her home country several times but fails. After reuniting with a childhood friend, they plan an escape to Shanghai, the site of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
“Remembering the Heroes” will be opened to public on April 6 and 7. It is free admission.
Check out the rest of the photos from the opening day below.