FESTIVALS: The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is back for its milestone 5th year and it promises to be bigger than ever! KOFFIA is the most celebrated annual festival in Australia to showcase the very best and latest in Korean cinema. From ground breaking blockbusters to heart warming rom-coms there truly is something for everybody!
Presented by the Korean Cultural Office Australia and Samsung, this year’s festival will offer a deep insight into the world behind Korean films which has been steadily taking the world by storm. We welcome you to Hallyuwood, the exciting industry which continues to amaze the world through its consistent output of quality content taking to heart the practices and ideals of Hollywood. It’s time to mark the dates in your diary, select the films you want to see and get ready for something… Spicy!
Featuring a complement of 20 features and a Short Film Competition, the festival will see 80
screenings take place across Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.
If you are a fan of trying something new and different or are an appreciator of good film, KOFFIA is a must for all backgrounds and ages!
All our films screen with English subtitles.
OPENING FILM: ‘COLD EYES’ CLOSINGFILM: ‘HOPE’ KOFFIA 2014 will open with the high-octane crime action film Cold Eyes. The film took Korea by storm, dominating the box office with 5 million admissions and wowed critics around the world. Cold Eyes doesn’t fail to let up its tension til the end and succeeds tremendously in dramatizing a police surveillance operation against a criminal mastermind through innovative technique and genre bending filmmaking. Starring heavyweights of Hallyuwood, Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo and Sol Kyung-gu, the film masterfully carries its characters through the seamy Seoul cityscape through an intense, gripping plot.
The festival will close with renowned filmmaker Lee Joon-ik’s heart-warming drama Hope. Quickly heralded as one of the must see films in the history of Korean film, Hope depicts the recovery of an 8 year old girl coping with life after being the victim of rape and abuse. It
follows the parents and friends of So-won as they relentlessly do all that is possible to heal her body and her heart. Hope although dealing with a devastating and tragic topic, flourishes to testify to the hope of our modern society and in turn, of humanity.
Welcome to Hallywood ‘Fasten your seatbelt’, ‘Top Star’, ‘Rough Play’
KOFFIA 2014 promises a line-up of films which showcases the constant evolving industry of Hallyuwood! The past year has been an exciting one for Korean cinema on all fronts but the most noticeable development would have been the output of films which explore Hallyuwood, the industry itself.
Our category Welcome to Hallyuwood, promises a fantastic line-up including actor Ha Jung-woo’s directorial debut Fasten your seatbelt. This hilarious comedy is bound to have you in stiches with witty dialogue and wacky characters!
Actor Park Joong-hoon’s directorial debut, Top Star is another offering which takes us into the
world of corruption from fame and fortune through the eyes of a man given the chance of a
The debuts don’t stop there, K-POP sensation MBLAQ’s Lee Jun’s breakout role as an actor with big dreams for the spotlight in Rough Play depicts the rise and fall story of a star in Hallyuwood. A script that was written by legendary film maker Kim Ki-duk, the film’s
masterful storytelling gives a dark yet exciting look into the world our stars live in.
Heart-throbs on Screen ‘Commitment’, ‘Hot Young Bloods’, ‘Secretly Greatly’
Our category Heart-throbs on screen showcases films starring the hottest trending stars in
Korean cinema. The films in this category have been selected for their market appeal which
was made possible through securing a stellar cast while not compromising on the overall
quality of the film.
T.O.P, leading rapper in Korea’s biggest boyband BIG BANG stars as an undercover North Korean agent in Commitment.
Hot Young Bloods starred a stellar cast including up and coming heart-throbs Lee Jong-suk, Park Boyoung and Lee Se-young catering for both male and female demographic. The flick set in Korea 1982, goes back in time to a period in Korea when rollerblades, boot-cut pants, dreams and ambitions of the adults of 2014 were in full bloom.
Secretly, Greatly stars Kim Soo-hyun the current top trending star in Hallyuwood, taking up the role of a sleeper agent in a small town in Seoul, the film broke several box office records purely due to the appeal of the star himself.
Laugh, Love, Live ‘Very ordinary couple’, ‘Venus Talk’, ‘Miss Granny’
Korean cinema is noted globally for its romantic comedies and crime action flicks which
continue to change the rules in the genre. Both genres have respectively gained cult
followings and KOFFIA 2014 recognises the need to cater for our fans. Laugh,Love,Live and
Crime & Punishment showcase the best of both these genres.
Very Ordinary Couple starring Kim Min-hee and Lee Min-ki is a brutally honest portrayal of a love gone wrong. The aftermath of a breakup between two long-time lovers is hilariously portrayed. If you have loved before, you will love this flick for all its quirks.
If you love Sex and the city, you’ll love
Venus Talk which explores the complicated love lives of three best friends in their 40s. To
top off the category we have programmed the smash hit Miss Granny, a heartwarming and
quirky tale of a 70 year old retiree who is given a second chance at youth and to follow her
Crime and Punishment promises films with gripping powerful storylines. Korea’s answer to
the Godfather series New World received critical acclaim around the world and cemented
itself as the gangster flick of the year. A tale of allegiances and betrayal in the world of crime and law, New world presents electrifying performances and a storyline that is to kill for.
Another film that topped the box office charts is The Terror, Live. The film, starring Ha Jungwoo, director of our film Fasten your seatbelt (Welcome to Hallyuwood) tells the story of an ambitious news anchorman who monopolizes the live broadcast of a terrorist attack following the explosion of Mapo Bridge on the Han River, the story unfolds within the
narrow confines of a radio booth. A new sensational thriller, The Terror, Live defied various conventions of film making and testified as one of the biggest films in Korean Cinema history.
Hold on tight ‘Hide and Seek’ and ‘The Suspect’
The action and quality thrills don’t stop there, we present Hide and Seek and The Suspect in our program line-up for the Hold on Tight category. Horror Thriller, Hide and Seek follows the story of uninvited strangers living in the shadows of domestic homes. Our protagonist follows the signs and markings which have mysteriously appeared in order to find and fight back against the ones that hide.
If you loved the Bourne series you will love The Suspect. Starring heavyweight Gong Yoo, the film ticks all the boxes from intense car chases, shoot outs, explosions, stunts and powerful fight choreography, there is little question as to how the Suspect was picked up by Australian distributor Madman Entertainment. The session will be co-presented with our sponsors.
Tickets are on sale now at the festival’s official website
Sydney: Aug 13-21, Event Cinemas George St, Sydney
Canberra: Aug 13-14, Dendy Cinemas
Brisbane: Aug 27-Sep 2 , Event Cinemas, Myer Centre
Perth: Sep 3-6, Event Cinemas, Innaloo
Melbourne: Sep 9-16, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square
Adelaide: Sep 23-26, Event Cinemas, Arndale
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