A package of contemporary Korean films that display the rich variety and range of Korean cinema as well as the prowess of individual filmmakers will be presented at The Korean Film Festival presented by the Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) in association with the Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi and InKo Centre from 21-24 October 2013 at the Russian Cultural Centre in Chennai. The Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of Indo-Korean diplomatic relations.

hahahaHost, Directed by Bong Joon-Ho
The Host is a combination of a blockbuster plot and political commentary. The film uses the language of cinema to comment on implications of American military presence in Korea, even while it satirizes the local government ineptitude in dealing with the woes of common citizens. As such the film is a scathing comment on how governments all over the world distract citizens from real issues at hand by diverting their attention to larger, more national issues that seem completely beyond their power to control or correct.

The film won several awards including Best Film at the Asian Film Awards and at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

The film starts with the scene of an American military pathologist dumping over 200 bottles of formaldehyde into the sewer system, leading into the Han River. Over the next few years, a strange amphibious monster emerges from Han River and attacks people at random. The monster snatches up the protagonist’s daughter and returns to its hideout under Wonhyo Bridge. Her family tries to rescue her from the monster to the indifference of people, going through all kinds of hardships. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local article about a deformed fish with an S-shaped spine caught in Han River. The Host set a new Korean box office record in terms of ticket sales and it heralded a confident Korean counterpoint to Hollywood monster flicks, both copying and spoofing the genre.

The Host is an interesting comment on contemporary Korean society as well as on the current status of Korean cinema.

poetrySecret Reunion, Directed by Jang Hun
Secret Reunion, which is a spy thriller released in 2010, offers an advancement on the Korean cops genre film and tweaks it considerably by overlaying the template with the 60-year political stalemate on the Korean peninsula.

Directed by Kim Ki-duk protégé, Jang Hun, Secret Reunion begins with taciturn North Korean spy Ji-won accompanying a fellow undercover agent on a Seoul assassination job.

When North Korean secret agent Ji-won, crosses the 38th Parallel on a mission, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) led by Han-gyu intervenes and a shootout ensues in the heart of Seoul. For the incident, Han-gyu is fired and Ji-won is deserted by his agency. Six years later, the two meet by chance and start a business partnership- each one aiming to steal information from the other.

oldpartnerQuick, Directed by Jo Beom-Gu
Ki-Soo, Myung-Sik and Ah-Rom were members of the same notorious motorcycle gang. In the past, they spent time roaming the streets recklessly on their motorcycles. Years later, Ki-Soo works as a motorcycle delivery man, Myung-Sik is a motorcycle cop and Ah-Rom is a member of pop idol group. One day, Ki-Soo, with Ah-Rom ridingpillion, makes a delivery. To his surprise, the delivered package explodes as he leaves the building. Ki-Soo’s cellphone rings and he hears a voice telling him that there is another bomb planted in his helmet, which Ah-Rom is wearing. Ki-Soo is ordered to take another delivery. He is informed that if the delivery is late or if he attempts to run away, the helmet will explode ...

oldpartnerThe King And The Clown, Directed by Lee Jun-Ik
During the rule of the infamous King Yeon-San, two clowns start a play that is satirical, mocking the king and his wayward ways. But they get arrested for treason and their freedom depends on winning a wager by making the king laugh at their play acting. As the king shows a growing attraction towards one of the clowns, they realize that they have entered an irreverisible stage in their lives - one that is entwined with desire, power and intrigue.

oldpartnerThe Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), a registered Film Society, has been working for the promotion of good cinema in Chennai. With over 500 members including film directors, cinematographers, cine technicians and film lovers, ICAF aims to screen good meaningful films on a monthly basis, throughout the year. ICAF organizes the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) annually.

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