Section: Spotlight on Korea

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TEN MONTHS

Any sudden life change is enough to scare the strongest of people. In TEN MONTHS, Namkoong Sun’s debut film, an unexpected pregnancy is viewed with humor and heart through the lens of a strong, young woman with dreams of her own.   Mirae is a twenty-something game engineer. She has big plans and gets excited …

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THE DEVIL’S DEAL

In this South Korean drama by Lee Won-tae, the director of the highly acclaimed THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL, a local ambitious assembly member candidate, Jeon Hae-woong (Cho Jin-woong) is removed from the running by a local big-wig, Sun-tae (Lee Sung-min). As his ambitions are crushed, Jeon Hae-woong is threatened by loan sharks, due …

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SINKHOLE

One of the biggest Korean hits of the year, HIFF is delighted to present disaster comedy SINKHOLE from director Kim Ji-Hoon (SECTOR 7, THE TOWER). Park Dong-Won (KIM Sung-kyun) is thrilled. Finally after 10 years of saving, he has managed to purchase an apartment for his family. The place is perfect for his wife and …

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SPIRITWALKER

From the mind of writer/director Yoon Jae-Keun comes the inventive, high-concept action thriller SPIRITWALKER. A man awakens after a car crash in a body he doesn’t recognize with no idea who he is. Yet after spending the day searching for clues, to his shock he finds himself suddenly in the body of another. This amnesiac …

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HOSTAGE: MISSING CELEBRITY

One of the biggest Korean hits of the year, HIFF is thrilled to present HOSTAGE: MISSING CELEBRITY as a special Gala screening event at HIFF41. The debut feature of writer/director Pil Kam-sung, and produced by action veteran Ryoo Seung-wan, HOSTAGE is based on the 2015 Chinese film SAVING MR. WU. However this version has a …

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JUNHO

When a rising young Korean stage actor, Junho, finds himself embroiled in a terrible scandal, he flees his conservative community of Seoul; leaving his past behind, with hopes of a fresh start. When Junho arrives in San Francisco, we see his almost comedic struggle to communicate among language barriers and cultural differences. We also witness …

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KIM MIN-YOUNG OF THE REPORT CARD

Jung-hee and Min-young are best friends about to graduate high school. They disband their acrostic poetry club to study for their college entrance exams. Min-young ends up at Daegu University (which, she laments, is not actually in Daegu), while Jung-hee languishes in her hometown, working a repetitive job that she claims is just a stepping …

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LONG DAY

LONG DAY

Over the course of a single day in four vignettes, a group of interconnected artists, novelists, and filmmakers have a series of interactions, some planned, some by chance. In a Hong Sangsoo-esque fashion, the protagonists in this conversational film muse over love, life, longing and art. When a novelist moves into his new house, he …

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GOOD DEAL

A once promising baseball star is constantly hunted by two hitmen when a young boy asks him to sell his baseball jacket. A high school student acquires a sleep control device to help him with his exams, and ends up getting more acquainted with the seller in the process. A prison guard buys a guitar …

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