5th KOFFIA Korean Film Festival in Australia

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Jul 302014


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!

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 during August and September.

The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is organized by the Korean Cultural Office, which is a diplomatic non-profit organization based in Sydney that acts as the Cultural Ambassador to all things Korean in Australia.

Films screening include:
COLD EYES (감시자들) Dir CHO Ui-seok & KIM Byung-seo, 2013 – A top 10 box office hit in Korea, COLD EYES features an elite team of surveillance detectives who go head to head with a crime syndicate mastermind in a stake all operation.

THE SUSPECT (용의자) Dir WON Shin-yun, 2013 – Dong-chul(Gong Yoo) was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he is abandoned by his government during an operation. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon discovers that a fellow agent was behind the killing and defects to the South in search of his nemesis.

TOP STAR (톱스타) Dir PARK Joong-hoon, 2013 – Tae-sik(Uhm Tae-woong) is a struggling day-to-day manager of the top star Won-joon(Kim Min-jun), but he dreams of becoming famous like Won-joon in the future. An unexpected opportunity falls on Tae-sik’s lap one day when Won-joon is involved in a hit-and-run accident and Tae-sik takes the blame as the driver instead of Won-joon. In exchange, Won-joon promises Tae-sik his début as an actor.

To see the full programme and to book tickets, visit the official festival website: http://koffia.com.au/

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Jul 252014

Guardians of the Galaxy

I have no intention of spoiling any details, jokes or events of this film so the following review will stick to allusions and a generalised examination.

My grandfather had the greatest impact on my love for sci-fi. He had a towering floor to ceiling bookshelf, divided into three sections: mysteries, war, and sci-fi. The former two did little for me, but I’ll never forget those sci-fi covers, Panther editions especially. It took many years for my reading level to catch up enough to finally begin reading them, but those covers, from E.E ‘Doc’ Smith through Robert Heinlein and unto Asimov’s Robots, are ingrained in my psyche; giant robots, strange alien trees, spacecraft in shapes that spoke to some strange lizard brain mythology. Today I saw a film that understood the allure of those images, and captured the complex strange world from which they sprang.

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Deliver Us from Evil

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Jul 222014


I almost enjoyed this film. It has within it the possibilities of an overflowing, ecstatic nightmare of the incredulous and deranged, something from which horrors truly can spring, or at the very least can become a highly amusing slice of horror-comedy. Thoughts on Deliver Us from Evil after the jump.

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Trailer: Predestination

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Jul 212014

The 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival opening night film Predestination has an official trailer and we think it looks pretty swish.

Based on the famous science fiction short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

The film is written and directed by the Spierig Brothers and stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor

Predestination releases nationally in Australia on August 28

Trailer: Big Hero 6

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Jul 212014

Well this looks fun. Set in a fictional city which is San Fran meets Tokyo, a super intelligent boy named Hiro Hamada and he robot he built (Baymax) stumble across a criminal plot and pull together a team of inexperienced crime-fighters to bring down the baddies.

I wasn’t surprised to learn it’s based on a Marvel superhero team of the same name, if anything, I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for Disney to include Marvel characters in an original animated film.

My only question – why couldn’t the super nerdy science genius be a girl? Just saying….

The film is set for a release in Australia on Boxing Day, the same spot Frozen opened in last year and Wreck it Ralph the year before.


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Jul 202014


When the fix for global warning out to be the nail in the coffin for Earth’s fragile ecosystem, the world returns to the Ice Age. In the frozen wasteland there is one beacon of hope, a super train which circles the planet and carries the surviving members of the human race. My review of Snowpiercer after the jump.

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Venus in Fur

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Jul 192014


Playwright Thomas Novacheck was all but ready to give up on finding a leading lady for his play, and then the enigmatic Vanda walked in. Could the seemingly scatterbrained actress who shares a name with the play’s leading lady be the one? My review of Venus in Fur after the jump.

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