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LEAFF Battens Down the Hatches for THE FORTRESS

13 Korean Films Head to London

Joseon Era battle drama The Fortress has been invited to open this year’s 2nd London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF), which kicks off on October 19th. This year’s LEAFF competition will include HUH Jung’s horror film The Mimic, LEE An-gyu’s KIM Hye-soo gangster thriller A Special Lady, KO Bong-soo’s wrestling indie Loser’s Adventure and the documentary Dancing with Jikji from WOO Kwang-hoon and David Redman.

Featuring LEE Byung-hun, KIM Yun-seok and PARK Hae-il in the lead, the film chronicles the King of Joseon’s retreat to the Namahansanseong Fortress, where he and his advisors faced a siege by the Qing Dynasty. The latest production by Silenced (2011) and Miss Granny (2014) director HWANG Dong-hyuk, The Fortress bows in Korea on October 3rd, just in time for this year’s Chuseok holiday season.

Other Korean films will take part in the ‘LEAFF Selection’, such as LEE Joon-ik’s Anarchist from Colony, RYOO Seung-wan’s The Battleship Island and PARK Hoon-jung’s V.I.P., while the ‘Stories of Women’ strand will feature KIM Jong-kwan’s The Table and CHO Hyunhoon’s Jane

This year’s festival focus turns its eye to the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and will feature LEE Yong-sun’s I’ll Just Live in Bando, KIM Kwang-bok’s The End of April and JEON Kyu-hwan’s THE END, as well as several shorts.

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