Korean Film Week

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The Cape Town leg of the Korean Film Week will take place at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cinema Nouveau from 5 to 11 December.

Organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Film Week is currently running in Pretoria at Brooklyn Cinema Nouveau until 4 December.

Films shown at the festival include Scandal Makers, Le Grand Chef, Take Off, Beyond The Years and A Barefoot Dream.

The 2008 comedy Scandal Makers, directed by KANG Hyung-chul, focuses on a once popular teenage idol, Nam Hyun-soo, who in his mid-thirties hosts a popular radio show. His life is turned upside down when a single mother sends her stories about her longing to meet her father to the radio station. The radio show’s ratings catapult but then the mother and son invade Hyun-soo’s home and his radio station, claiming that he is the father.

JEON Yun-su’s Le Grand Chef (2007) tells of how the knife that belonged to the last Korean royal chef of the Chosun Dynasty is being returned to Korea. The royal chef cut his arms with this knife to show his loyalty to the king and the country. Now, the son of a Japanese bureaucrat is looking for its worthy owner and announces a cooking contest to find the deserving chef. Destiny pits the grandsons of the two apprentices of the royal chef against each other.

In KIM Yong-hwa’s Take Off (2009), a small Korean town in 1996 is in the process of large-scale construction in preparation for the Winter Olympics bid. During the construction, the local organising committee is told that they do not have sufficient athletes to compete. They enlist the help of Bob, a former American junior alpine athlete who came to Korea in search of his mother, to form the first Korean ski jump team.

Beyond The Years (2007), directed by IM Kwon-taek, tells of Dong-ho and Song-hwa, who are adopted separately by Yu-bong (Lim Jin-ta), a nomadic singer. Over time Dong-ho falls in love with Song-hwa but the relationship suffers at the hands of Yu-bong’s obsession to make her daughter a great singer. Eventually Dong-ho leaves home. Unable to forget Song-hwa, Dong-ho devotes his life to becoming a great drummer and re-uniting with the woman he loves.

Directed by KIM Tae-kyun, A Barefoot Dream (2010) focuses on former soccer prodigy Won-kang whose life didn’t turn out quite like he’d hoped. He leaves for East Timor where he meets a group of street kids playing soccer bare foot. Hoping to make a living selling soccer boots, he opens a sports equipment store but soon realises that destiny has other plans for him.

For more information about Korean Film Week please contact 082 16789 or visit the Cinema Nouveau website on http://www.sterkinekor.com.

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