Korean Film Festival is held in annually, featuring feature films from Korea. Especially to mark the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Singapore and Korea, top ten films were picked to be featured during the 10 day festival.
The festival kicks start with Northern Limit Line (2015) directed by Kim Hak Soon, a naval thriller based on real-life events. The movie sets in 2002 during the FIFA World Club, the consolation game between South Korea and Turkey. North Korea’s battleship has crossed the NLL, and began firing at South Korean’s battleship 357 which started the Second battle of Yeonpyeong. The battle lasted for 30 minutes and resulted in death of 6 South Korean sailors and 18 wounded. Director Kim hopes that this films will convey the feelings of appreciation, sorrow and loyalty to their country and also provoke empathy from the audience. He wishes that this film will bring back a lost page in history and spread the courage of those men.
Before the screening, Korean Ambassador Suh Chang Ha gave an opening speech to all guests. The Korean Film Festival was formed to celebrate the 40 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and South Korea. He hoped that more Singaporeans will be able to attend the Korean Film Festival/ as it is also a glimpse into Korea’s culture as well as the history of Korea. The Korean Wave is getting more popular he said, with K-pop, K-Drama and K-Movies. But Korean Movies are the pioneering role for the wave. They are well received by international fans as well as within Korea itself. The festival picked Northern Limit Line as it was the yellow sea war between Northern and Southern Korea, and it portrays the life and death struggles of the soldiers.
Director Eric Khoo was also presented at the opening night, and is one of the famous directors in Korea. He was very happy to see how the Korean Movie industry has changed over the years. He has attended the Busan Film Festival, and is grateful to attend the Korean Film Festival in Singapore.
Initially, I wanted to watch the movie with a light heart, but the movie really portrays the life and death struggles of the soldiers. Most audience in theatre left with a heavy heart and red puffy eyes. So to those who are attending the screening for the movie on the last day of the festival, prepare your tissues!
The Korean Film Festival will be held from 23 October till 1 November at Shaw Theatres Lido. We would like to thank the organizers for the invitation and reception.
written by: Joey