First Korean Independence Day Film Festival Kicks Off This April
by Jace Amodo, April 05, 2019 6:40pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
In time for the centennial anniversary of the Republic of Korea’s March 1 Independence Movement and provisional government, the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) holds a free-for-all film festival, happening on April 6 (2 pm and 4 pm) and April 7 (2 pm) at Red Carpet Cinema 4, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.
Held in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, the "Korean Independence Day Film Festival" carries the theme "Remembering Our Heroes." This new cultural offering aims to shed light on the roots of Korea—how it is more than just the K-Pop and K-Drama we're all familiar with today.
Two critically-acclaimed films commemorate the people who fought for Korea's freedom will be shown: Man of Will and The Last Princess.
Man of Will (2017)
Directed by Won-Tae Lee
After killing who he suspects was the Empress' assassinator, Kim Chang-soo was sent to Incheon Prison. Upon realizing that his fellow-inmates are impoverished and uneducated, he teaches them letters so they won't be tricked. Together, they revolt against an oppressive regime and fight for Korean independence.
The Last Princess (2016)
Directed by Hur Jin-ho
Forced to move out of Korea and study in Japan at the young age of 13, Princess Deokhye attempts to return to her home country several times but fails. After reuniting with a childhood friend, they plan an escape to Shanghai, the site of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
“Remembering Our Heroes” is part of the year-long celebration of 70 years of the Philippines and Korea bilateral relations. Catch this two-day film festival at the new Red Carpet Cinema, Cafe, Venue. Admission is free on a first-come, first served basis. All films have English subtitles so fret not!
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