Toronto Gets a Shiny New Korean Film Festival at the End of the Month!

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Toronto Gets a Shiny New Korean Film Festival at the End of the Month!
Yet another Korean film festival is getting underway in Toronto this summer from June 22 to July 1! There was already one earlier this year, however it was more of a glorified showcase for CJ entertainment's output over the last year. This time around lucky Canadian viewers get a full cross section of Korean genre and arthouse cinema.

Aside from a few new titles like Invasion of Alien Bikini, Planet of Snail and Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild, the majority of the selection features film from the last decade or so and given the variety and the high quality of the titles, this event is well-positioned as a intro to anyone interested in dipping into the cinema from the Land of the Morning Calm. A great opportunity to discover one of the world's most vibrant film industries!

Full details below:

Toronto - The 1st Toronto Korean Film Festival will be held at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) from June 22nd to July 1st. This year's film listing was announced at the May 26th press conference. Confirmed films and highlights include:  

June 22nd Opening: 

The festival kick-starts with "Secret Sunshine" (2007). The leading actress of the film, Jeon Do-yeon, won Best Actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. There will an opening party following the screening.  

June 23rd HORROR NIGHT: 

The evening features the JEONG Brothers (Jeong Beom-sik and Jeong Sik)'  "Epitaph" (2007) and Kim Jee-woon's "A Tale of Two Sisters" (2003)

June 24th SCI-FI NIGHT: 

The evening features Oh Young-Doo's "Invasion of Alien Bikini" (2011) and Jang Joon-hwan's "Save the Green Planet" (2003).


June 26th will be dedicated to Korean-Canadian shorts, while June 27th will showcase Korean independent short films.

June 28th "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" (2003): 

A fine piece of work from renowned art-house director Kim Ki-duk.

June 29th "Planet of Snail" (2011): 

A touching documentary that gained a lot of praises and attention at this year's Hot Docs.

June 29th "Mother - 2009" (2009):

The most recent work from director Bong Joon-ho, who directed the critically acclaimed "Memories of Murder" (2003) and "The Host" (2006).

June 30th "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" (2011):

This animation won the Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2011. 

June 30th "Failan" (2001):

Directed by Song Hae-seong, the film features Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung. 

July 1st CLOSING NIGHT - Park Chan-wook:

Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005) and "Old Boy" (2003) will close the Festival."Old Boy" won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The Toronto Korean Film Festival's award ceremony will take place prior to the screening of Old Boy.

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