Directors to grace Korean Film Festival premier at SM cinemas

Published August 1, 2022, 12:03 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

The 2022 Korean Film Festival is back at SM Cinemas from Aug. 11 to 14. A total of seven films released in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic will be screened in five SM Cinemas in Metro Manila: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, SM City Grand Central, and SM Southmall.

All screenings are for free and on a first come, first served basis.

A joint project of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, and SM Cinema, this year’s festival unreels at SM Aura Premier on Aug. 10 with no less than Hong Wonchan, director of the festival’s opening film Deliver Us From Evil. He will be joined by another Korean director Lee Woojung whose recent film, Snowball, is also included in the lineup of film for this year’s festival.

Deliver Us From Evil is an action/crime/drama film which follows the story of an assassin who goes to Thailand in order to solve a kidnapping case linked to him, and finds himself chased by a man whose sibling he killed.

The film, directed by Hong Wonchan has attracted almost 4.36 million of Korean moviegoers in the midst of the pandemic in 2020. His debut film, Office, has been invited to 68th Cannes Film Festival’s midnight screening in 2015.

Snowball, a youth-drama film by Lee Woo Jung, narrates how Kang-yi runs away from home with her friends only to find a strange side of themselves while the balance of their friendship also tips in a weird way.

Director Lee Woojung is a promising independent film director who started her career as an actress after studying theater and film in the university. She directed her first independent short film Neither to Die nor to Leave in 2012 and has began to get more attention through her recent film Snowball.

Other festival must-sees include the action-drama film Escape from Mogadishu by Ryu Seung-Wan, drama films Miracle: Letters to the President by Lee Jang-Hoon and The Novelist’s Film by Hong Sang-Soo, drama-mystery film The Day I Died: Unclosed Case by Park Jiwan, and comedy-romance film Perhaps Love by Jo Eun-Ji.

The film festival which is also in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Korean Film Council, Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) Manila Office, aims to help moviegoers build new experiences, create bonds, and discover new goals.

Interested moviegoers may visit KCC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @KCCPhil to reserve slots for the opening ceremony on August 10 at SM Aura Premier Cinema 2 and for the Talk with the Filmmakers on August 11, 1:30PM at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila.

The Korean Film Festival is one of the many exciting cross-cultural events at SM Cinema.