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13th Korean Film Festival in Australia – Programme 2022

We present the programme for the 13th Korean Film Festival in Australia which will take place from August 17 until September 10, 2022 in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia.

Festival Schedule
Sydney – August 17 – 22, 2022 at Event Cinema George St.
Canberra – August 31 until September 2, 2022 at Palace Electric Cinema
Melbourne – August 31 until September 4, 2022 at ACMI
Brisbane – September 7 – 10, 2022 at Elizabeth Picture Theatre

– Films –

Broker by Kore-eda Hirokazu – Korea | 2022 – 129 minutes

A baby box is a small space, where parents can leave behind their babies anonymously. Sanghyun (SONG Kang-ho) finds new parents for a baby left in a baby box and makes a special deal with them. He calls himself a broker of good will. Sanghyun works with Dongsoo (GANG Dong-won) in this endeavour. They get involved with Soyoung (LEE Ji Eun), who placed her baby in the baby box, but has now come back for her baby. Meanwhile, Detective Soojin (BAE Doona) and Detective Lee (LEE Joo Young) are watching, and they quietly track them down to capture the crucial evidence. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screeners:
Sydney
Canberra
Melbourne

Trailer:

Decision to Leave by Park Chan-wook – Korea | 2022 – 138 minutes

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge, Hae-joon (PARK Hae-il), comes to meet the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (TANG Wei). Seo-rae does not show any signs of agitation at her husband’s death. With her behaviour so unlike that of a grieving relative, the police consider her a suspect. Hae-joon interrogates Seo-rae, and while observing her on stakeout, feels himself slowly developing an interest in her. Meanwhile the difficult-to-read Seo-rae, despite being suspected of a crime, acts boldly towards Hae-joon. A suspect who is hiding her true feelings. A detective who suspects and desires his suspect. Their Decision to Leave. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne

Trailer:

Escape from Mogadishu by Ryoo Seung-wan – Korea | 2021 – 121 minuites

In the late 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a diplomatic skirmish between North and South Korea breaks out on the African continent over the latter’s campaign to join the United Nations. In 1991, three years after the opening of a South Korean embassy, Somalia’s capital Mogadishu is engulfed in civil war, leaving the South Korean diplomats trapped. The North Korean embassy, meanwhile, faces the same situation. The diplomats of these two nations, who in the outside world are sworn enemies, become targets for the hails of bullets fired by both Somali government forces and the rebels in the chaos of civil war. Risking their lives, they embark on a joint escape. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Canberra

Trailer:

HOMMAGE by Shin Su-won – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes

Ji-wan (LEE Jung-eun) is a 49-year-old female film director. After her 3rd film was shunned by audiences, she has been struggling for her 4th film. Moreover, she is in difficulties because her husband stops support-ing her financially. Meanwhile, a request comes from the film archive asking her to restore an old film. After noticing that some scenes were cut off , Ji-wan decides to find the film footage of miss-ing scenes. On the journey back to the 60s, Ji-wan meets the old filmmakers who enable her to take a glance at the world and life through their eyes. Then she begins to ask herself questions. What is movie to her? And what is life? (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

Hot Blooded by Cheon Myeong-kwan – Korea | 2022 – 120 minutes

Kuam is a shabby port town in the shadow of the stunning port city of Busan. Hee-su is a third-rate gangster who has been acting like a hotel manager under Don Son for 20 years. Seemingly out of nowhere, Yong-kang, who fled the country as a murder suspect, returns home and begins causing trouble all over town, which only adds pressure to Hee-su. “Drugs? Port? What’s going on?” When he finally comes to, he’s in the middle of this turmoil. What decisions can he make to save his pitiful soul? (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

In Front of Your Face by Hong Sangsoo – Korea | 2021 – 85 minutes

Sangok (LEE Hyeyoung) has never lived in a high-rise apartment, and she wonders how her sister, Jeongok (CHO Yunhee) can live at this height every day. A few days ago she kind of burst in to stay with her sister, and she is now becoming re-accustomed to life in Korea. While seeming to keep a grave secret to herself, she manages life one day at a time with a sense of mindfulness. Meanwhile, a certain director, some years younger than her, Jeason (KWON Haehyo) has asked her to join his project, and after a polite refusal, they have agreed to meet for the first time today. Downtown seoul is filled with narrow alleys that harbour tiny old bars, and that’s where they meet. As they are getting drunk, there is sudden rainfall and thunder. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Canberra
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

In Our Prime by Park Dong-hoon – Korea | 2022 -117 minutes

Ji-woo (KIM Dong-hwi), an outcast in a prestigious private high school, does not fit in due to different social backgrounds than his well-to-do classmates. One day, he meets Hak-sung (CHOI Min-sik), the school’s security guard who is actually a mathematical genius defected from North Korea, now living with his past shut away. Ji-woo asks Hak-sung to teach him math, and although reluctant at first, Hak-sung eventually agrees to. Finding each other in their most difficult times, Ji-woo and Hak-sung open up to one another during their special math lessons, but their friendship is at risk when Ji-woo is framed for an incident in school, and Hak-sung is faced with people prying on his past. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

Perhaps Love by Cho Eun-ji – Korea | 2021 – 113 minutes

No matter what the form of “love” is, their love itself is precious and should be respected as much as other people’s love. Hyun (RYU Seung-ryong), a best-selling writer, has found himself in a slump for a long time. In the meantime, he accidentally meets Yu-jin (MU Jin-sung), an aspiring young writer. Hyun gets confused when Yu-jin confesses his love to Hyun. A 19-year-old student and Hyun’s son, Sung-kyung (SUNG Yu-been), who is sceptical about his life, meets Jung-won (LEE You-young), a young married woman living next door. Sung-kyung has a good feeling for this freewheeling woman. A pure-hearted man, Soon-mo (KIM Hee-won), who is Hyun’s best friend and also the publisher, meets his friend’s ex-wife. People usually judge someone’s love with social prejudices. But who can hate other people’s love? They just love each other in their own way like we do. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne

Trailer:

Special Delivery by Park Dae-min – Korea | 2022 – 108 minutes

Eun-ha (PARK So-dam), who is a normal junkyard employee, secretly works as a delivery clerk that deals with unusual delivery requests. One day, Eun-ha heads to Seoul to pick up a client who is involved in a gambling crime that wants to flee overseas. However, Eun-ha meets the client’s young son at the pick-up point, instead of the client himself. Kyung-pil (SONG Sae-byeok), a current police officer who is actually masterminding the whole gambling crime, chases after the missing child who has the security key to the bank account that holds 30 million dollars. After a long pursuit from Seoul to Busan, Eun-ha fights against the police to protect the child! (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Canberra
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

Spiritwalker by Yoon Jae-keun – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes

I-an (YOON Kye-sang) loses his memory and wakes up in a new body every 12 hours, each time forced to discover who he is anew. This condition begins when he wakes up in the middle of a car crash, in the body of someone he doesn’t recognize, without any knowledge of who he is. He begins to realise that his spirit is stuck to a different body and moves every 12 hours. In his desperate search to find himself, he comes across a woman who claims to recognize him. As he bores deeper into the mystery, he runs into a secretive organisation that appears to be chasing him. Before it’s too late, he must find a way back into his own body. (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Canberra
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

TOXIC by Cho Yong-sun – Korea | 2022 – 107 minutes

From 1994 to 2011, over 9.98 million bottles of humidifier disinfectants were sold in Korea. Consumers were told by the media that using disinfectant in the humidifier would be good for the common cold, and the government certified its safety for everyday use, but it ended up killing their wives and children. Together, Tae-hoon (KIM Sang-kyong), an ER doctor who lost his wife all of a sudden and many victims of the product go up against the Goliath to reveal the truth! (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane

Trailer:

The Policeman’s Linage by Lee Kyu-man – Korea | 2022 – 119 minutes

Min-jae (CHOI Woo-shik), who is a policeman from generation to generation, has been ordered to investigate Kang-yoon (CHO Jin-woong) secretly, who is the ace team leader of the investigation team. Min-jae is appointed as the member of Kang-yoon’s team. Min-jae has the belief of “If the police do something illegal even if it has occurred during the process of investigation, he is also a criminal.” But while Min-jae investigates Kang-yoon, he begins to resemble Kang-yoon who has the belief of “The chase of crime should be justified even if it’s illegal.” Will Min-jae be able to clear his private mission and arrest Kang-yoon that he trusts and admires? (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne

Trailer:

The Roundup by Lee Sangyong – Korea | 2022 – 105 minutes

The ‘Beast Cop’ MA Seok-do (Don Lee) heads to a foreign country to extradite a suspect, but soon after his arrival, he discovers additional murder cases and hears about a vicious killer who has been committing crimes against tourists for several years. To catch an unprecedented criminal, Detective MA and his team must go the extra mile! (KOFFIA 2022)

Screening:
Sydney
Melbourne
Canberra
Brisbane

Trailer:

For more information, please visit: https://koffia.com.au/

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