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22 Asian films you cannot miss at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Part 2)

bifan_asianf22019We continue with our 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.

Melancholic

Melancholic by Tanaka Seiji – Japan | 2018 – 114 minutes
Section: World Fantastic Blue

Kazuhiko, a graduate of a prestigious university, isn’t enjoying his life. He takes a job at a bathhouse where he discovers that the baths are used as a space for killing people after closing hours.

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | CGV Sopoong 6 | 17:00 pm
July 2nd | Tuesday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 11:00 am
July 6th | Saturday | CGV Sopoong 6 | 10:30 am

Trailer:

 

Mulbineul

Mulbineul by Shin Suwon – Korea | 2019 – 76 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Crossover

A woman meets an old high school friend, whom she knows well. When his car is smashed up, he refuses to call the police, despite knowing the identities of the perpetrators. He is still accepting blame for something she did a long time ago…

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | CGV Sopoong 5 | 14:00 pm
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 2 | 18:00 pm
July 4th | Thursday | CGV Sopoong 2 | 17:00 pm

 

Persona

Persona by Lee Kyoungmi, Yim Pilsung, Jeon Gowoon, Kim Jongkwan
Korea | 2019 – 89 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Crossover

Popular K-Pop singer IU stars as a different character in four separate episodes made by four famous directors. A Netflix original movie that is to be first shown in the cinema at Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | Korean Manhwa Museum | 18:00 pm
July 1st | Monday | CGV Bucheon 4 | 11:00 am

Trailer:

 

Sadako

Sadako by Nakata Hideo – Japan | 2019 – 99 minutes
Section: World Fantastic Red

An ambitious YouTuber attempts to resurrect Sadako’s curse in order to gain more followers. When he is successful, a group of people must work together to stop it before it’s too late. Part of the Ring franchise.

Schedule:
July 3rd | Wednesday | CGV Bucheon 3 | 14:00 pm
July 5th | Friday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 20:00 pm
July 7th | Sunday | City Hall, Main Theatre 2F | 21:00 pm

Trailer:

 

School Live

School-Live! by Shibata Issey – Japan | 2018 – 101 minutes
Section: World Fantastic Blue

Four high school girls are enjoying life when a virus breaks out, turning people into zombies. They are struggling between two opposite worlds, one peaceful and one filled with zombies.

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | Korea Manhwa Museum | 20:00 pm
July 5th | Friday | Korea Manhwa Museum | 17:00 pm
July 7th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 3 | 10:30 am

Trailer:

 

The Culprit

The Culprit by Koh Jungwood – Korea | 2018 – 100 minutes
Section: Bucheon Choice Features

Someone brutally murders Young-hoon’s wife. A hair sample was found on his wife’s body and the detectives use it to trace it back to his friend Joon-sung and locks him up. Seemingly becoming a murder’s wife overnight, Da-yeon asks Young-hoon to testify on his behalf but when he doesn’t show up for the trial, she goes to visit him at his house.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 21:00 pm
July 1st | Monday | CGV Bucheon 6 | 14:00 pm

 

The Game of Life

The Game of Life by Yang Jaeho – Korea | 2019 – 118 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Competition

Hoo-jung’s wife goes to New Zealand while he continues working at home as a teacher. However, he soon receives the tragic news that she has passed away. Intriguingly, his wife sent him a movie script before her passing which will lead Hoo-jung into some unexpected events.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Bucheon 8 | 18:00 pm
July 1st | Monday | CGV Sopoong 4 | 20:00 pm
July 4th | Thursday | CGV Sopoong 5 | 14:00 pm

 

The Girl

The Girl in a Tiny Room by Park Sojin – Korea | 2018 – 81 minutes
Section: Korean Fantastic Competition

Hee-Joo quits school as a result of the incessant bullying. She stays at home and surfs the internet all day. She meets Dong-Ha online, and he teaches her hypnosis so as to improve her confidence. However, Hee-Joo decides to use the hypnosis for other reasons…

Schedule:
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 4 | 18:00 pm
July 2nd | Tuesday | CGV Bucheon 8 | 14:00 pm
July 4th | Thursday | CGV Bucheon 3 | 14:00 pm

 

The Thieves

The Thieves by Choi Donghoon – Korea | 2012 – 139 minutes
Section: Gorgeous Charming Dangerous, Kim Hye-Soo

Fresh from a successful heist in Korea, a cat burglar and his gang seek to escape the eyes of the Korean law by turning their attentions to Macau, as they are hired by a devious former partner to steal a $20 million diamond from a Chinese gangster’s mistress.

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | Korea Manhwa Museum | 11:00 am
July 4th | Thursday | City Hall, Main Theater 2F | 14:00 pm

Trailer:

 

Tourism

Tourism by Miyazaki Daisuke – Japan, Singapore | 2018 – 77 minutes
Section: Bucheon Choice Features

Nina and her friends lead an unambitious, carefree life. After winning freeline airline tickets, Nina and her best friend Su travel abroad, their first time outside Japan. Everything feels similar, but when Nina loses her smartphone and gets separated from Su, she must overcome cultural and communication difficulties to get around in a foreign city.

Schedule:
June 28th | Friday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 14:30 pm
June 30th | Sunday | CGV Sopoong 3 | 13:00 pm
July 2nd | Tuesday | CGV Sopoong 3 | 20:00 pm

Trailer:

 

We are little Zombies

We are little Zombies by Nagahisa Makoto – Japan | 2019 – 120 minutes
Section: Bucheon Choice Features

Four teenagers meet in grim circumstances. Their parents are dead. They should be sad, but they can’t cry. So they form a kick-ass band.

Schedule:
June 29th | Saturday | CGV Bucheon 5 | 13:00 pm
July 1st | Monday | CGV Bucheon 6 | 11:00 am
July 3rd | Wednesday | City Hall, Main Theater 2F | 17:00 pm

Trailer:

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