Korean Films at 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival

still from The ThroneTen recent Kore­an films are on the sched­ule of the Hawaii Inter­na­tion­al Film Festival’s 2015 fall pro­gram, run­ning from Novem­ber 12 to Novem­ber 22 and screen­ing at var­i­ous local the­aters. The Fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing its thirty-fifth anniver­sary this year, will fea­ture some 181 films from forty-one coun­tries, many of them U.S. or world pre­mieres.

The Fes­ti­val will open with the Hawaii pre­mière of the 2015 South Kore­an fea­ture
The Throne (사도), direct­ed by Lee Joon-ik. The film is a retelling of the sto­ry of the eighteenth-century King Yŏngjo and the death of his crown prince, Sado. It shows at 8:00 p.m. Novem­ber 12 at Dole Can­nery The­ater A.

still of Chunhyang in swingAnoth­er high­light of the Fes­ti­val is the exhi­bi­tion of Im Kwon Taek’s award-winning 2000 ver­sion of Chun­hyang (춘향뎐). This famil­iar Kore­an leg­end has been ren­dered on film many times, but Im chose to present the tale through the medi­um of pan­sori, a tra­di­tion­al form of sto­ry­telling in song. This show­ing is spon­sored by the Net­work for the Pro­mo­tion of Asian Cin­e­ma (NETPAC), which has played a crit­i­cal role in pro­mot­ing Asian cin­e­ma. It is part of the cel­e­bra­tion of the organization’s twenty-fifth anniver­sary. Chun­hyang will be screened Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Doris Duke The­atre at the Hon­olu­lu Muse­um of Art.

The remain­ing Kore­an films on the Fes­ti­val pro­gram and their exhi­bi­tion dates are:

Assas­si­na­tion (암살), direct­ed by Choi Dong-Hoon (2015, 139 min.)

  • Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 14, 5:45 p.m., Dole Can­nery A
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, 8:15 p.m., Dole Can­nery H
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, 10:30 p.m., Koko Mari­na A
  • Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 21, 8:30 p.m., Waimea The­ater, Kauai

Madon­na (마돈나), direct­ed by Shin Su-won (2015, 120 min.)

  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 13, 8:45 p.m., Dole Can­nery D
  • Tues­day, Novem­ber 17, 8:30 p.m., Dole Can­nery C

Office (오피스), direct­ed by Hong Won-Chan (2015, 111 min.)

  • Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 14, 9:00 p.m., Dole Can­nery A
  • Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 21, 9:00 p.m., Dole Can­nery G

Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은 맞고 그때는 틀리다), direct­ed by Hong Sang-soo (2015, 121 min.)

  • Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19, 8:30 p.m., Dole Can­nery F
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, 3:30 p.m., Dole Can­nery D

Seoul Search­ing, a U.S.-South Korea pro­duc­tion direct­ed by Ben­son Lee (2015, 105 min.)

  • Wednes­day, Novem­ber 18, 8:15 p.m., Dole Can­nery A
  • Sun­day, Novem­ber 22, 5:00 p.m., Dole Can­nery B

The Unfair (소수의견), direct­ed by Kim Seoung-Je (2014, 127 min.)

  • Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 21, 8:00 p.m., Dole Can­nery B
  • Sun­day, Novem­ber 22, 8:30 p.m., Dole Can­nery D

Vet­er­an (베테랑), direct­ed by Ryoo Seung-Wan (2015, 121 min.)

  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, 6:00 p.m., Dole Can­nery F
  • Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 21, 5:30 p.m., Dole Can­nery H

Won­der­ful Night­mare (미쓰 와이프), direct­ed by Kang Hyo-Jin (2015, 123 min.)

  • Sun­day, Novem­ber 15, 8:00 p.m., Dole Can­nery B
  • Tues­day, Novem­ber 17, 5:30 p.m., Dole Can­nery H
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, 8:15 p.m., Koko Mari­na A
  • Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, 8:30 p.m., Waimea The­ater, Kauai

HIFF logoInfor­ma­tion about obtain­ing tick­ets to the screen­ings and syn­opses of all the films are avail­able on the Hawaii Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val Web site. Be sure to check the HIFF site for pos­si­ble last-minute changes and for infor­ma­tion about oth­er events asso­ci­at­ed with the film fes­ti­val.