Korean film fest opens this week

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The Korean Film Festival will be on Sept. 18-Oct. 7.

The Manila leg is scheduled on Sept. 18-23 at SM Megamall. SM City Baguio will host the festival on Sept. 26-30. SM City Cebu will later host the Visayan leg on Oct. 3-7.

The Korean Film Festival, now on its fourth year, is organized by the Embassy of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center.

Seven contemporary Korean films will be shown.

Ho Hwang’s “Spellbound” is an unusual mix of horror and romance. It tells the story of road magician Jo-goo and Yu-ri. Yu-ri is haunted by ghosts, and Jo-goo, who falls in love with her, has to rise above his fears to save the two of them.

“Jeon Woo Chi” tells the story of the eponymous playful apprentice who gets imprisoned in a scroll, having been wrongfully accused for murder. He gets freed 500 years later to bring back order in the world.

“Bunt” deals with the mentally challenged water peddler Dong-ku who suddenly finds himself irrelevant upon the arrival of water purifiers. In an attempt to use his only capability, Dong-ku joins the baseball team.

“A Barefoot Dream” is a sports drama about the misadventures of a former soccer prospect who tries to join the International Youth Soccer Championship.

“Late Blossom” is a a heartwarming film on two couples and their struggles.

“Arahan” follows the story of the honest yet clumsy rookie policeman Sang-hwan and the martial arts specialist Eui Jin. Together they fight the evil Heuk-woon.

The musical-comedy “Highway Star” tells the story of Dal-Ho who wants to become a rock singer, but is forced to play trot to make ends meet.

Admission is free but is on a first-come, first-served basis. For the full festival schedule, visit koreanculture.ph, or e-mail info@koreanculture.ph.

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