Two separate packages of contemporary Korean films take centre stage, at two Important International Film Festivals in Mumbai and Pune respectively. The films selected offer depth and range and showcase the incredible versitality of contemporary Korean cinema.

InKo Centre is delighted to present the following package, in association with the Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi, at the 13th Third Eye Asian Film Festival in Mumbai from 1-8 January 2015

ENGLISH TITLE DIRECTOR YEAR OF RELEASE
Bedevilled Jang cheol su 2010
Helpless Byun Young Joo 2012
The Crucible/ Silenced Hwang Dong Hyeok 2011
Don't click Kim Tae Kyoung 2011
Pained Kwak Gyeong Taek 2011

Helpless, 2012
Directed by Byun Young-joo
Category: Mystery/ Detective
A man searches for his fiancée who vanishes without a trace, only to discover dark, shocking truths about her and to realisethat she was not quite the person he thought he knew.

Don't Click, 2011
Directed by Kim Tae-kyung
Category: Thriller
The film deals with a forbidden viral video that leads to a lot of mysterious deaths. After watching the video, a series of strange events unfold. Jung-Mi has to find the way to save her only sister from the curse of the video.

Pained, 2011
Directed by Kwak Kyung-taek
Category: Drama (Romantic)
A man searches for his fiancée who vanishes without a trace, only to discover dark, shocking truths about her and to realisethat she was not quite the person he thought he knew.

Bedevilled, 2010
Directed by Jang Cheol-So
Category: Horror
Bedevilled is a tale of two very different women, both from the same idyllic island. Seoul banker Hae-won and her childhood friend Bok-nam. Forced to take a vacation, Hae-won finally heads back and realises that she has left Bok-nam to a tortuous life of servitude Bok-nam, now desperate to escape pleads in vain with her friend whom she idolizes to help her. But when Bok-nam loses the only important thing in her life, she snaps and aims to wreak revenge and retribution against everyone who ever wronged her, including her friend, Hae-won.

The Crucible/ Silence, 2011
Directed by Hwang Dong Hyeok
Category: Drama
Kang In-ho,a newly appointed art teacher at Benevolence Academy, a deaf school in the fictional city of Mujin, has a dark past. He is excited to teach his new students, yet the children are aloof and distant. When the children finally open up, In-ho faces the shocking and ugly truth that the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yoo-jinto fight for the children's rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school. It proves to be ajourney fraught with danger and conspiracy.

The 13th Third Eye Asian Film Festival is the only festival in India that promotes Asian Cinema. The week- long festival will screen 120 feature films and 60 Short films. This year Afghan director, Siddiq Barmak will be felicitated with the Asian Film Culture Award. There will be a separate section to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary year of Rabindranath Tagore, with a screening of films by Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha and Rituparno Ghosh that draw from stories written by Tagore. The 10th edition of the Third Eye Asian Film Festival will celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) at Pune by screening 6 films made by past students of FTII along with their diploma films.


We are delighted to present the following package of films, in association with the Korean Cultural Centre at the Pune International Film Festival at Pune from 8-15 January 2015.

A Better Tomorrow (2010)
Director - Song Hae Sung
Kim Hyuk who had escaped from North Korea as a teenager, is a detective in the South Korean National Police Agency.
He also works as an illegal arms smuggler under cover with his best friend and partner in crime, Lee Youngchoon, who also has defected from North Korea. Hyuk has a younger brother, Chul, whom he was forced to leave behind along with their mother during his escape from North Korea.
Feeling guilty to leave his brother and family behind, Hyuk tries his best to search for them. Eventually, he finds his brother in an internment camp. Chul resents Hyuk for selfishly deserting the family. It is then revealed that their mother was killed, a short while after Hyuk's escape an intense drama unfolds.

Quick (2011) - 2012
Director - Jo Beomgu
This contemporary action comedy is about a quick service motorcycle driver who delivers a bomb. A former motorcycle gang member, Ki-Su, makes a living as a bike messenger..
One day, he witnesses a building blowing up. Never suspecting he could have anything to do with the bomb, has a younger brother, Chul, whom he was forced to leave behind along with their mother during his escape from North Korea.
Feeling guilty to leave his brother and family behind, Hyuk tries his best to search for them. Eventually, he finds his brother in an internment camp.
Chul resents Hyuk for selfishly deserting the family. It is then revealed that their mother was killed, a short while after Hyuk's escape an intense drama unfolds.

Hanji (2011)
Director - Im Kwon Taek
Legendary Korean director, Im Kwon Taek, returns with his 101st feature film, Hanji. As with his previous film on the folk music tradition of Pansori, this film again sees him exploring one of Korea's cultural arts, this time the art of making hanji paper. The film attempts to combine a historical perspective with a humanistic narrative about the place of Hanji in modern Korea and in defining the country's national identity.
The film follows civil servant Pil Yong, who becomes involved in a project to promote hanji, the traditional Korean art of making paper, attempting to raise the profile of the practice and to win funding to support its preservation. Although he initially knows very little of the art, he believes that it will help heal the growing rift between him and his wife, a stroke victim, who herself comes from a long line of paper makers. Pil Yong travels around the country along with a documentary film maker Ji Won, who is working on a film on hanji Together, they meet hanji masters and try to get them involved in their project, along with female documentary film maker Ji Won, who is working on a film on Hanji. As Pil Yong learns more about paper-making and its place in Korean culture, it slowly but surely begins to deeply impact his life.The film is exquisitely shot with several ornate closeups of hanji paper, as well as a surprising array of items and decorations made from it.
The film also occasionally takes on an almost documentary feel combining a skillfully informative narrative form with a mood of contemplation and introspection. Is exactly this kind of craftsmanship and depth which ensures that hanji is a film which succeeds on many different levels. It certainly reinforces the fact that Im Kwon Taek inarguably only one of the greatest Korean film makers.

The Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) was launched in the year 2002 and has been growing from strength to strength over the last decade. PIFF has showcased films from various countries such as France, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, Japan, Poland, Slovenia, China, Italy & South Korea and India. The Festival featured the works of internationally acclaimed film directors such as Aki Kurusava, Yasujir Ozu, Hsiao HsienHou, Oliver Assays, Kim Ki-duk, Michael Cacoyannis, Rasul Sardar Ameli, Andreas Dresen, Jorge Pollaco, Vera Chytilova, Jiri Menzel and Mani Ratnam. PIFF recognizes and honours the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution to cinema. PIFF also presents various awards, constituted by the Government of Maharashtra for the World Cinema and Marathi cinema categories. To register and for further information, please visit www.puneinternationalfilmfestival.com

1-8 January 2015, at the 13th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai.
8 -15 January 2015, at the Pune International Film Festival, Pune.
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