Peek Through Korea's History With These Five Films

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED September 6, 2018 10:49 am
Art by Dani Elevazo

With the theme "Time Travel", this year's Korean Film Festival will feature historical, period, and classic films. At the center of each film is an ode to the “Land of the Morning Sun,” the eras it went through (e.g. the Joseon Dynasty, the Busan underworld, Japanese invasion) before it became what it is now.

Thanks to the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines, Filipinos get a peek of said Korean eras through five of Korea’s best films.

The Pirates (2014)

Directed by Lee Seok-hoon

When a giant whale swallows the Emperor's Royal Seal en route from China, the hopeful Joseon Dynasty offers a big reward for its return, which ensues an unexpected journey with the pirate captain Yeo-wol and the mountain bandit Jang Sa-Jung.

Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time (2012)

Directed by Yoon Jong-bin

In the Busan underworld, a sacked corrupt customs officer, Choi Ik-Hyun, and gangster Choi Hyung-Bae formed a business partnership from drug trafficking. As the government intensifies its war on crime, their partnership faces a downfall.

Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet (2016)

Directed by Lee Joon-ik

One of Korea's greatest poets, Yun Dong-Ju, becomes imprisoned by the Japanese government for being involved in the Korean independence movement.

Assassination (2015)

Directed by Choi Dong-hoon

An interim government agent is tasked to bring together three Korean resistance fighters to carry out an assassination. However, as the assassins fulfill their mission, they find themselves betrayed and double-crossed.

Warriors of the Dawn (2017)

Directed by Yoon-cheol Jung

The movie tells the tale of how Prince Gwanghae's rise to power during the seven-year war with Japanese forces from the perspective of the prince's guard.

The Korean Film Festival will run until September 26 and will be stopping by the cities of Baguio on September 8 to 9, Davao on September 15 to 16, Iloilo on September 22 to 23 and Cebu on September 29 to 30. So if you're anywhere near these cities, you know what to do.

Admission is free on a first-come, first served basis. And yes, all films come with English subtitles!

For more information email or contact the Korean Cultural Center at (02) 555-1711.



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