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A jam-packed program of films for all interests
The Korean Film Festival will be returning down under this August and September and it will be bringing a stellar line-up of superb new Korean films, across all genres.

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The festival will take place across Australia as follows:

Sydney: 1-18 August 2018 – Dendy Opera Quays

Brisbane: 15 & 16 August 2018- Elizabeth Picture Theatre

Melbourne: 6-13 September 2018- Australian Centre for Moving Image

Canberra: 21-23 September 2018- Palace Electric Cinema

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This year's program will showcase a whopping 22 films on offer and it will also present the very best of Korean culture through film. From big-budget blockbusters to intimate art-house flicks, the festival will be loaded with world-class cinema, plucked straight out of Korea's booming film industry- Hallyuwood.

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The Korean Film Festival will have an enormous range of genres from fantasy, comedy, thriller, horror, drama and more, making it one film festival not to miss out on, as there will be something for all film interests.

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The cinematic experience will cater for all tastes, ages and cultural backgrounds, with every film presented at the festival screens featuring English subtitles.

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Highlights at the Festival include:

- Opening and Closing Night

Opening the Festival in each city will include the feel-good flick Little Forest. The film follows a young woman as she leaves the big city behind and returns to her country hometown, reuniting with childhood friends.

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The closing night film is the poignant and lively Korean art-house smash Microhabitat. The film follows ageing housekeeper Mi-so. To Mi-so, as long as she can afford her three greatest pleasures - whisky, cigarettes and her boyfriend- she'll be happy. But when her landlord raises the rent, and the cost of cigarettes increases, she decides to ditch the roof over her head and journey through Seoul to reconnect with her old college friends and crash on their couches.

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Festival Headliners:

Hallyuwood and Hollywood come together in A Taxi Driver, which was selected as South Korea's pick for the Foreign-Language category at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film is based off the real-life Gwangjy Uprising of 1980. The film is a richly imagined tribute to a Korean working-class hero.

The Keys to the Heart is another headliner at the festival and features Lee Byung-hun (The Magnificent Seven) and Park Jung-mun - who enter each other's lives when they discover they are half-brothers.

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Thrillers:

For the thrill-seekers there will be Thriller Films will include 7 Years of Night, which follows a man as he struggles to cope with his guilt and paranoia after accidentally killing a young woman.

Golden Slumber explores the danger of mass media sensationalism and public witch-hunts as a man's peaceful life is turned upside down when a black ops organisation frames him for the murder of a presidential candidate.

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Forgotten is a twisty violent tale of amnesia and murder which unfolds as a man investigates his brother's disappearance after he reappears with no memory of it. The director and producer of Forgotten will be guests at the festival and will be presenting Q&A following the film's screening in Sydney.

Finally, The Vanished is a psychological thriller that draws on Alfred Hitchcock and classic European noir, as the body of a powerful businesswoman vanishes from the morgue and her trophy-husband becomes the key suspect.

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Dramas:

If drama is more your thing then catch A Haunting Hitchhike - it is the debut feature from Jeong Heejae - following the lonely, but hopeful journey of one teenage girl seeking out her long-lost mother. The film won the special Audience Award at the Seoul International Women's Film Festival.

In the spirit of Groundhog Day, A Day is about a surgeon who returns home, eager to reconnect with his teenage daughter, only to find her killed by a taxi when he arrives. His nightmare worsens when he wakes up on the plane again and realises he must re-live the traumatic morning over and over again.

Champion follows a lonely and unfilled former arm-wrestler as he returns to Korea from the United States to resume his sports career and search for his biological family.

In Last Child, a grieving couple mourns the tragic loss of their son after he drowned in a river saving his friend. The boy's father takes an interest in the son's friend, and his wife embraces him into their family. But the boy hasn't told them the truth on what happened that day at the river.

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Mothers is based on a woman who must take her deceased husband's teenage son from another marriage. Hesitant and unable to connect with him, the film explores complex relationships and family ties.

Stand by Me is a heart-warming story of a grandfather as he struggles to support his grandchildren, in their parent's absence. Realising his time is short, and that his grandchildren cannot support themselves yet, he prepares to present for them that may be the very last thing he can give.

The Believer is a crime drama about a troubled and obsessed detective hell-bent on arresting the main crime lord of Asia's largest drug cartel.

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Comedy:

I Can Speak is a delightful story of an unlikely friendship between a young, eager-to-please civil servant Min-jae and an elderly lady nicknamed 'Goblin Granny'. Terrorising Min-jae daily, Goblin Granny strikes up a deal with him. When she learns he speaks English, she'll stop the complaints in exchange for English lessons, so she can reconnect with her long-lost brother in America. I Can Speak is a lighthearted Korean comedy that packs a political punch.

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The delicious dramedy, What a Man Wants explores the taboos of infidelity. A habitual womanizer falls into a deep depression when his wife suddenly dies; his brother-in-law is miserable in his own marriage and finds his eyes wandering on an enchanting stranger. Things get messy when his wife hires her to be the housekeeper for the womanising brother.

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Snatch Up is an absurd game of cat-and-mouse between seven men and a misunderstanding when an assassination plot goes awry. Part crime thriller part black comedy, Snatch Up is a laugh-out-loud look at the entwined destinies of seven men trying to get ahead in life.

Midnight Runners is a film that resembles buddy-cop favourites like 21 Jump Street and Police Academy, but with an exciting and dark twist.

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Horror:

Horror film Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is a film that injected some new life into the found-footage genre. It is about a team exploring an allegedly haunted asylum for a YouTube horror web-series. Unbeknownst to the team, the leader has staged a hoax to boost the video's views but when the scares veer off-script, they realise legitimate supernatural forces may be at work.

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Fantasy:

Glass Garden is a pretty and peculiar film that follows a brilliant PH.D student with a gift for communicating with nature as she goes deep into the forest after heartbreak. She gets the attention of a novelist, whom she fascinates. However, he soon realises something mysterious is happening.

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The love story, Be with You blends the perfect amount of warmth and melancholic sadness together. A grieving widower struggles to cope with the loss of his wife, alongside his devastated son who firmly believes his mother will return during the rainy season- fearing what will happen to her when it ends.

With a wide range of genres, there is something for all film enthusiasts at the Korean Film Festival!

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Details below include festival details for each state that the festival will be held in:

Sydney:

When: 9-18 August 2018
Where: Dendy Cinema Opera Quays, 9/2 East Circular Quay, Sydney

Brisbane:

When: 15 & 16 August 2018
Where: Elizabeth Picture Theatre, 175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City

Melbourne:

When: 6-13 September 2018
Where: ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne

Canberra:
When: 21-23 September 2018
Where: Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra

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Tickets:

Single:

Adults: $16pp & Concession: $12pp

4-Session Pass:

Adults: $40pp & Concession: $30pp

The 4-Session Pass allows one person to see 4 films and tickets are available only at Box Office.

Do note that concession ticket pricing vary for each state.
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When: Sydney: 9-18 August 2018, Brisbane: 15 & 16 August 2018, Melbourne: 6-13 September 2018 & Canberra: 21-23 September 2018
Where: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Canberra- See above for all details
Cost: Single Tickets: Adults: $16pp & Concession: $12pp and 4-Session Pass: Adults: $40pp & Concession: $30pp
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