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22 Asian films you cannot miss at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Part 1)

bifan_asianf2019We present a list of twenty two Asian films you cannot miss at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival which will take place from June 27th – July 7th, in Bucheon, South Korea.

Abyss

Abyss: The Girl’s Eye by Chang Hyunsang – Korea | 2018 – 81 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Competition | World Premiere

Hyunji wants to live a normal life, but she has a special gift passed down from her family family – the power to send dreams to other people. When a series of cruel murders occur, she must face her fate. She sends a dream through time and dives into a world of mystery to save her younger self.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Bucheon 3 | 10:30 am
July 1st | Monday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 17:00 pm
July 3rd | Wednesday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 17:00 pm

Bird Cage

Bird Cage by Nakata Kei – Japan | 2019 – 117 minutes
World Fantastic Red | World Premiere

A man is admitted to a mental hospital, despite his protests that he is perfectly normal. As attempts to escape, what he sees a crazy word in front of him where the lines between normal and abnormal are blurred.

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 11:00 am
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 18:00 pm
July 4th | Thursday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 14:00 pm

Coin Locker Girl

Coin Locker Girl by Han Junhui – Korea | 2015 – 109 minutes
Section: Gorgeous Charming Dangerous, Kim Hye-Soo

A baby is found abandoned inside a coin locker at Western Seoul train station. Raised by a beggar until 10, she is taken by a corrupt detective who sells her off to a crime figure known as Mother. Showing toughness, the girl soon becomes Mother’s personal debt collector.

Schedule:
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 2 | 10:30 am
July 2nd | Tuesday | CGV Bucheon 3 | 17:00 pm

Trailer:

Door Lock

Door Lock by Lee Kwon – Korea | 2018 – 102 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Features

Kyung-Min works as a bank cashier in Seoul and lives alone in a studio apartment. She begins to experience strange incidents and can’t shake the feeling that someone has been in her apartment. A thriller exploring the fears of living alone.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Bucheon 6 | 12:30 pm
July 4th | Thursday | CGV Sopoong 5 | 20:00 pm

Trailer:

Eerie

Eerie by Mikhail Red – Philippines, Singapore | 2018 – 110 minutes
Section: World Fantastic Red

At an all-girls Catholic high school in the Philippines, Pat works as a guidance counselor and a secret clairvoyant, often speaking to the ghost of Eri, a girl who committed suicide on the school grounds a decade earlier. When a murder occurs on campus, Eri may be the key to unlocking the truth.

Schedule:
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Bucheon 6 | 10:30 am
July 3rd | Wednesday | CGV Bucheon 6 | 14:00 pm
July 6th | Saturday | City Hall, Main Theater 2F | 00:00 am

Trailer:

Erica 38

Erica 38 by Hibi Yuichi – Japan | 2019 – 104 minutes
Section: World Fantastic Blue

Based on a true story, a 60-year-old woman pretends to be 38 to trick men and swindle their money.

Schedule:
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 5 | 15:30 pm
July 3rd | Wednesday | CGV Bucheon 6 | 17:00 pm
July 7th | Sunday | Korea Manhwa Museum | 13:00 pm

Teaser:

Mongdal

Folklore: Mongdal by Lee Sangwoo – Korea, Singapore | 2018 – 70 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Crossover

A high school student dies in an accident. His mother is heartbroken and worries he will be too lonely in heaven. She decides to send her son’s girlfriend to heaven too so as to comfort her lonely son. Part of a HBO movie series.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Sopoong 6 | 10:30 am
July 1st | Monday | CGV Bucheon 3 | 14:00 pm
July 3rd | Wednesday | CGV Sopoong 6 | 17:00 pm

Trailer:

G Affairs

G Affairs by Lee Cheuk Pan – Hong Kong | 2018 – 105 minutes
Section: Bucheon Choice Features

Set in Hong Kong, the paths of several people converge the very night a human is discovered, leading to an investigation where all key words start with the letter ‘G’.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 18:00 pm
July 1st | Monday | City Hall, Main Theater 2F | 17:00 pm
July 3rd | Wednesday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 11:00 am

Trailer:

Hell My Cat

Hello, My Cat by Shin Hyejin & Bok Woonsuk – Korea | 2019 – 98 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Features

4 separate stories about the special relationships owners have with their cats and the positive inspiration they can bring to our lives.

Schedule:
June 30th | Sunday | City Hall, Main Theater 2F | 18:00 pm
July 3rd | Wednesday | Korea Manhwa Museum | 17:00 pm
July 5th | Friday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 11:00 am

Hit-and-Run Squad

Hit-and-Run Squad by Han Junhui – Korea | 2018 – 133 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Features

A police officer is demoted from her position at the National Police Agency to the hit and run task force at a police station. She is teamed up with a new partner, and together, they must chase down a former Formula One driver who is using his talent for speed and fast cars to commit crimes.

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 14:00 pm
July 2nd | Tuesday | CGV Bucheon 3 | 20:00 pm

Trailer:

It Comes

It Comes by Nakashima Tetsuya – Japan | 2018 – 134 minutes
Section: World Fantastic Red

Hideki receives a mysterious memo from an unknown recipient. Two years later, some strange occurrences around remind Hideki of the memo. Featuring English musician King Krule in the soundtrack.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | City Hal, Main Theater 2F | 21:00 pm
July 4th | Thursday | CGV Sopoong 3 | 17:00 pm
July 7th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 4 | 18:00 pm

Trailer:

Part two will be released tomorrow…

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