Must-watch movies at the Korean Film Festival 2017

Date Posted: 23 October 2017

Korean film enthusiasts, this is the time for you! Experience the best of Korean cinema at the upcoming Korean Film Festival (KFF) 2017 with 5 free movie screenings to pick from. Held for only three days from 26 to 28 October, this year's KFF brings movies featuring A-list Hallyu stars such as Gong Yoo, Song Hye-kyo, Hyun Bin and Shin Min-A right to our home country. From seeing Gong Yoo's chiselled abs in "The Suspect" to crying along with the heart-warming story of Song Hye-kyo and Kang Dong-won in "My Brilliant Life", read on to find out what films are being shown this year so that you would not miss out on this time-limited opportunity. CLICK HERE to get more info on the festival and check the cinema showtimes for all the 5 movies!

"The Suspect"

What is it about: A top North Korea special force agent, Ji Dong-chul, defects to South Korea in an attempt to avenge the deaths of his wife and daughter. While living incognito, Dong-chul is framed for the murder of Chairman Park, who he was working as a personal chauffeur for. Now the prime suspect, Dong-chul must go on the run to evade authority while uncovering the truth behind the murder.

Why you should watch it: Gong Yoo from "Goblin" and "Train to Busan" stars as rugged spy Ji Dong-chul. He prepared for the role by going on a diet for three months and practicing Russian martial art Systema.

"A Hard Day"

What is it about: While trying to cover up a murder that he caused, detective Gun-soo discovers that there is a witness to the killing and is now being blackmailed by that mysterious person.

Why you should watch it:
Its unrelenting suspense with flashes of humour has even led to a Chinese remake, "Peace Breaker" starring Aaron Kwok and Yu Ai Lei.

"My Brilliant Life"

What is it about: Despite learning that their son is born with Progeria Syndrome, which causes him to age rapidly and prematurely, young couple Mira and Dae-su still try their best to raise him in a loving environment. Now 16, Ah-Reum decides to write about his parents' love story as a gift to them on his following birthday.

Why you should watch it: If you enjoyed the 2009 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer "Paa", chances are that you would also enjoy this movie, with both centring on a boy with Progeria Syndrome.

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Writer: Farah Hanis

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