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  • 14 Korean Films go to Italy’s Far East Fest
  • by Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC) /  Apr 23, 2007
  • 14 Korean Films go to Italy’s Far East Fest

     

    The 9th Udine Far East Film Festival boasts one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in Europe.  This year around 60 titles from across Asia were selected to screen at the event which runs April 20th to 28th in the picturesque northern Italian city.  This year 14 top Korean films were invited, of which several will have their International Premiere at the festival. 

     

    Making their International festival debut are LEE Jeong-beom’s gangster-themed drama Cruel Winter Blues, JANG Jin’s comedy-noir Righteous Ties, JANG Moon-il’s romantic-comedy A Day for an Affair, BYEON Seung-wook’s drama Solace.  Two of Korea’s top-grossing hits of late 2006 will have their European Premier: CHOI Dong-hoon’s high-stakes comedy-thriller Tazza: The High Rollers and KIM Yong-hwa’s weighty satire 200 Pounds Beauty, a look at the culture of plastic-surgery in the entertainment industry.  The latter film went on to become the highest-grossing Korean comedy of all time.

     

    Making their Italian premiere are films A Dirty Carnival by YOO Ha, Thessaloniki top prize winner Family Ties by KIM Tae-yong, mega-hit The Host by BONG Joon-ho, hitman drama No Mercy For The Rude by PARK Chul-hee, and lavish effects fantasy The Restless by CHO Dong-ho. Rounding out the selection are CHOI Ho’s hard-edged crime thriller Bloody Tie and E. J-yong’s deviant teen musical-comedy Dasepo Naughty Girls.

    Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)

     

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