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New York Korean Film Festival this August

2008/07/18 Source

The seventh edition of the New York Korean Film Festival is set to run August 22 31. Sponsored by KOFIC and The Korea Society, the event will screen more than 15 recent Korean features, of which 14 have been finalized for the line-up.

Highlights include one of the top-grossing Korean films of 2008, "Forever the Moment", a sports-redemption-themed film directed by Yim Soon-rye and starring Moon So-ri and Kim Jung-eun. Other 2008 releases in the line-up are "Hellcats" by Kwon Chil-in, "Once Upon a Time" by Jeong Yong-ki, "Open City" by Lee Sang-gi, "Spare" by Lee Seong-han, and the Korea-Japanese co-production "Virgin Snow" starring Lee Joon-gi and Aoi Miyazaki.

Films in the program from 2007 include such high-profile films as the Chosun-set popular tale, "Hwang Jin Yi", starring Song Hye-kyo, the Kwang-ju-set historical tragedy, May 18th, a Chosun-set tale of high stakes cooking, "Le Grand Chef", and Daniel Henney vehicle and tear-jerker, "My Father".

Other notable films in the program are art-house independent feature "With a Girl of Black Soil" by Jeon Soo-il, innovative horror, "Epitaph" by the JEONG brothers (Jeong Beom-sik, Jeong Sik), "a Love" by Kwak Gyeong-taek, and "Going by the Book" by Ra Hee-chan.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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