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Dec 28, 2015
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Korean Chillers at Portuguese Fantastic Fest
The Oporto International Film Festival (Fantasporto) in Portugal returns for its 36th edition next year on February 26th. Among the 36 films that will screen in the Official Fantasy Section is a pair of recent Korean horror-thrillers, The Chosen: Forbidden Cave and Deep Trap.
The second film from director KIM Hwi, who debuted with The Neighbours, which accrued 2.43 million admissions (USD 15.49 million) in 2012, The Chosen: Forbidden Cave had its world premiere as the closing film of the 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival this summer, before going on release in Korea in August. The film follows a psychologist who moonlights as an exorcist and faces a powerful spirit with the help of his apprentice. KIM Sung-kyun and CHUN Ho-jin, who both appeared in The Neighbors, and YOO Sun (Don't Cry, Mommy, 2012) lead the cast.
Having its international debut, following a theatrical release in Korea back in September, Deep Trap is the latest film from director KWON Hyung-jin, who has switched between dramas including as For Horowitz (2006) and Wedding Dress (2010) and thrillers such as The Truck (2008) throughout his career. JO Han-sun and KIM Min-gyeong play a young couple who visit an island only to be preyed upon by a mysterious local played by Don LEE aka MA Dong-seok (One on One, 2014).
Both titles are ripped internationally by 9ers Entertainment. Only one Korean film has won the festival’s top prize in Fantasporto to date, KIM Jee-woon’s A Tale Of Two Sisters in 2004.
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