Korean movies invade PH via film fest


Posted at Sep 28 2012 11:40 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2012 06:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Now on its fourth year in the Philippines, the ongoing Korean Film Festival brings seven contemporary Korean films to Filipino audiences across the archipelago.

Among the showcased films this year is the horror-comedy flick "Spellbound," which tells the story of a magician who falls in love with his assistant. The magician later learns his lady love is haunted by ghosts.

Two sports-themed films are also being screened. They are "Bunt," which deals with a mentally-challenged person who joins a baseball team, and "A Barefoot Dream," where a former soccer player prospect continues to pursue his dreams.

The heart-warming film "Late Blossom," meanwhile, tackles the struggles of two couples both in life and in love.

In the musical-comedy film "Highway Star," an aspiring rock star is shown managing to make ends meet, as he tries to achieve his dreams.

"Jeon Woo Chi," an  action-adventure epic, is about a playful apprentice who gets imprisoned in a scroll after being wrongfully accused of murder, only to be released 500 years later as a last resort to bring back order in the world.

"Arahan" tells the story of an honest yet clumsy rookie policeman who teams up with a martial arts specialist to defeat an evil force whose greed threatens to wreak havoc on mankind.

Organized by the Embassy of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center, the annual film fest is being hosted by SM Cinemas in various parts of the country.

After its Manila screenings held at the SM Megamall this week, the Korean Film Festival is now being held at SM City Baguio until September 30. SM City Cebu will later host the Visayan screenings from October 3 to 7.