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/

KOFFIA 2013 Tickets Now On Sale

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Jul 302013


The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is back on the agenda! The 4th edition of this annual showcase of the best and latest in Korean cinema is about to begin! Presented by the Korean Cultural Office Australia and Samsung, this year’s festival will highlight the talented filmmakers, actors and actresses who make up this exciting industry known as Hallyuwood. It’s time to mark the dates in your diary, select the films you want to see, and prepare to be amazed by The Many Faces of Korean cinema!

The festival will showcase 17 feature films and many short films, in over 50 screenings across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne during August and September. KOFFIA 2013 will open with the heartfelt romance A Werewolf Boy, and will close with Choi Dong-hoon’s heist blockbuster The Thieves (labelled the Korean Ocean’s Eleven).

Other highlights from the festival include, Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2012; and critically acclaimed indie film Pluto, including a special guest appearance in Sydney from director, Shin Su-won.

Event Dates
Aug 14-18, Event Cinemas, Myer Centre, Brisbane
Aug 21-29, Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney
Sept 5-11, ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne
You can browse the full programme and buy tickets at: http://koffia.com.au/programs/2013-film-line-up/

Korean Short Film Night 2012

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Nov 152012


A night of celebration will grace the Korean Cultural Office as a selection of award-winning short films screen as part of The Korean Short Film Night 2012, which aims to celebrate cultural diversity. Tales of Korean heritage features films from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States that focus on Korean stories in a newfound land.

A mix of drama and documentaries will warm your hearts with their moving storylines and genuine characters. The event will also mark the closing of the New Zealand and Korea Year of Friendship, as the Australian premiere of KOWI screens.

Short films are a fantastic gateway into the cinema of a particular culture, and if you’ve thought about watching Korean films but haven’t yet, then this would be a great introduction. The Korean Culture Office always puts on great events and they are very welcoming to new-comers and seasoned cinema-veterans alike.
When? November 29th at 6:30pm
Where? Korean Cultural Office, 255 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Free Entry!!!! (Includes drink & nibbles)

Bookings Essential. See: bit.ly/koreanshorts for more information

KOFFIA 2012: War Of The Arrows (최종병기 활)

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Aug 242012


The 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia kicked off in Sydney on Wednesday night, with a fantastic opening gala and a very intense action film, War of the Arrows. Guests were greeted by an army of green KOFFIA volunteers who were all very energetic and enthusiastic – they really did a fantastic job to make sure that everyone was looked after and had a great evening. We were lucky to sample a variety of Korean canapés and some interesting rice-based alcoholic drinks. After filling up, we headed into the cinema for the opening speeches and a beautiful traditional Korean dance performance.

Then it was time for a 122 minute Korean epic – it’s easy to see why this was the highest grossing Korean film of 2011. It was…intense! Brief thoughts after the jump.

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KOFFIA 2012: Scandal Makers (과속스캔들)

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Aug 122012


Scandal Makers is one of three comedies screening at the 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia. With over 8 million tickets sold, Scandal Makers was the highest grossing film at the Korean box office in 2008. For those lucky enough to be in Sydney, director Hyeong-Cheol Kang and producer Anna Lee will be participating in a Q&A at the screening. Check out my review of the charming comedy after the jump.

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KOFFIA 2012 Line-up Announced

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Jul 192012


The line-up for the 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia has been announced, and it looks great!

From the KOFFIA website:

KOFFIA will showcase 20 of the best and latest Korean feature films as well as a few past classics, in a diverse program that will allow audiences to discover their connection to Korean cinema and culture. Audiences will once again be treated to a feast of Korean festivities taking place at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney and ACMI Cinemas Federation Square in Melbourne. While for the first time selected titles will also screen at Tribal Theatre in Brisbane, as August and September sees 16 days of screenings across the Australian east coast.

The festival will open in Sydney on August 22nd with the Australian premiere of the highest grossing Korean film of 2011, WAR OF THE ARROWS


After the jump check out the fantastic line-up and information about tickets.

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Joint Security Area

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May 152012


Joint Security Area marks the birth of the modern Korean blockbuster. It quickly became the highest-grossing film in Korea at the time, achieving over one million admissions in only 15 days. Check out our thoughts on Joint Security Area (공동경비구역 JSA) after the jump.

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