A Quiet Dream 춘몽 



Director: Lu Zhang
101 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
South Korea
2016

IFFR@CinemAsia In this black-and-white mishmash of poetic moments and everyday occurrences, Yeri, the kind-hearted female owner of a makeshift bar in Seoul’s poverty-stricken Su-saek neighbourhood, is at the center of a group of otherwise exclusively male friends. There’s Ik-june, whose small crimes are contrasted by his sizeable ego; Jung-bum, a North-Korean defector with bipolar disorder; Yeri’s landlord Jong-bin, an epileptic …

Oldboy 올드보이 



Director: Park Chan-wook
104 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
South Korea
2004
Lavinia Meijer will give an introduction to the film

Unmistakingly the most iconic Korean revenge thriller, OLDBOY set the bar high for every Korean genre that followed. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. While the clock is ticking, the estranged avenger finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for …

The Age of Shadows 밀정 



Director: Jee-woon Kim
140 minutes
Korean, Japanese (English subtitles)
Korea
2016

With THE AGE OF SHADOWS Kim Jee-woon (I SAW THE DEVIL) delivers a chic spy-thriller portraying the freedom fighters of the Heroic Corps and their efforts to free Korea from their Japanese oppressors in the 1920s. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse full of intrigue, danger and deception ensues as the organisation tries to ship explosives from Shanghai to Seoul , …

The Truth Beneath 비밀은 없다 



Director: Kyoung-mi Lee
102 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
Korea
2016

Schemes and plot twists galore in THE TRUTH BENEATH, a film that feels like House of Cards done by Korean thriller aficionados. When Jong- chan gets nominated to represent his political party, his career instantly becomes priority number one. Most of his time is dedicated to the garnering of votes with his wife Yeon-Hong, estranging his daughter Min-jin in the …

Train to Busan 부산행 



Director: Sang-ho Yeon
118 minutes
Korean (English subtitles)
Korea
2016

IFFR@CinemAsia Director Sang-ho Yeon sketches an apocalyptic scenario at a frenetic pace. While the blissfully oblivious businessman Seok-woo boards the train to Busan with his daughter, zombies are mercilessly taking over the entire city. One of the undead manages to get on board, unleashing a hectic struggle between the infected and those not (yet) afflicted. As the train rolls out of …