5 Movies to Watch at the Korean Film Festival in Australia – The Reel Bits

Our friends at the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) are back with a massive lineup for 2022!

KOFFIA 13th Edition Fittingly Presents 13 Films Screening in Sydney (18 – 23 August), Melbourne (September 1 – 5), Canberra (September 1 – 3), Brisbane (September 8 – 11).

Here’s our pick of the movies you simply can’t miss!

the special delivery

the special delivery

KOFFIA’s opening night movie is a witty South Korean action movie that confirms Park So-Dam’s star power, as if there was any doubt in our minds. She plays a driver adept at handing anything to anyone at any given time, backed up by a calm demeanor behind the wheel. When a former baseball player picks on the gangsters too much, she plans to use the service to avoid dodging. However, when the bad guys catch up with him before Eun-Ha arrives, she ends up with her son Seo-won ( Parasite co-star Jung Hyeon-jun) in the backseat of her car. With crooks and corrupt cops on their tail, it’s an adrenaline-pumping race to an indeterminate finish line. Read our full review.

Escape from Mogadishu

Escape from Mogadishu

One of the biggest South Korean releases of the past year is a top-tier action thriller set in a story not too far away. In January 1991, amid a growing rebellion and the final collapse of Somali President Barre’s government, the North and South Korean embassies are working together to flee the country before the violence escalates further. The aftermath of this event, and the wider Somali civil war, have been famously depicted by Ridley Scott in Black Hawk down (2001). Though unfolding on a more focused scale and on a drastically smaller budget, Ryoo deftly maneuvers the audience towards a bittersweet ending through a breathless series of spectacularly staged action sequences. Read our full review.

Runner (2022)

Runner

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Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is back. After his debut in French with The truth, Kore-eda moves its operations to South Korea. In this film, a group of people, brought together by a baby box, a small space where parents can leave their babies anonymously, embark on a journey that will take them to destinations they never expected. The cast announced so far includes Song Kang-Ho, Gang Dong-Won, Bae Doo-Na, and Lee Joo-Young.

In front of your face (2021)

in front of your face

It is almost law that a film by Hong Sang-soo appears in any film festival, and doubly so in KOFFIA. It follows a middle-aged former actress living in the United States who returns to her home in South Korea to reconnect with people from her past and atone for her various transgressions. Sounds like the perfect playground for

Decision to Leave (2022)

decision to leave

Speaking of high-impact directors, none other than Park Chan-wook is coming to KOFFIA this year with his first film since 2016. The maid. Following a man who falls from a mountaintop to his death, Detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) comes to meet the dead man’s wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei). Showing no signs of being a grieving widow, the police consider her suspicious.

The full program and tickets are available on the KOFFIA website.

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