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Fantasia presents 14 Korean features

2010/07/20 | 409 views |  | Permalink | Source

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, running July 8 – 28 in Canada's second-largest city, presents a total of 14 Korean features this year. The festival which highlights fantasy and strong genre-oriented films from Asia will screen the Canadian premiere of Lee Yong-joo's debut feature "Possessed" ("Living Death") – a new Korean horror that has drawn much attention already at fantastic fests in Amsterdam, Brussels and Gérardmer.

Fantasia 2010 will also play a large number of large scale films and Korean blockbusters. This includes Choi Dong-hoon's Korean superhero blockbuster "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard", the period action drama "Blades of Blood" (2010), love-triangle period drama "A Frozen Flower" (2008), Jang Hoon's "Secret Reunion" (2010) starring Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won, Korea's most successful comedy "Speedy Scandal" (2009) and the ironic "Castaway on the Moon" (2009) about a man trapped on an island in the Han River in the middle of Seoul. Also of note is "What Is Not Romance" (2009) which uses the colour and creativity of animation to focus on the banality of a Korean family.

Blood and comedy come together in "The Neighbor Zombie" (2009). The movie goes back in time to plot the path of various characters before they succumb to the world wide epidemic that slowly takes over their bodies. Death is also the major theme of "The Executioner" (2009) the drama which asks what if executions, which have been put on hold since 1997, were to be reintroduced back into the Korean legal system. The film directed by first time feature director Choi Jin-ho film looks at how executions affect not only those who are hung but those who are involved in the practice.

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