GUIDE: Korean Film Festival 2016

Korean Film Festival 2016 will be held in six cities across the Philippines from September 8 to October 16 as organized by the Korean Cultural Center and Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines.


All films come with English subtitles. The screenings are free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be given on-site before each screening schedule.

Screening schedules

Sep 8-11 • CLARK (SM City Clark Cinema 3)
Sep 15-18 • DAVAO (SM Lanang Premier Cinema 1)
Sep 22-25 • ILOILO (SM City Iloilo Cinema 8)
Sep 29-Oct 2 • CEBU (SM City Cebu Cinema 5)
Oct 6-9 • CAVITE (SM City Dasmariñas Cinema 5)
Oct 13-16 • METRO MANILA (SM Megamall Cinema 6)

korean film festival 2016 schedule - clark, davao, iloilo

korean film festival 2016 schedule - cebu, cavite, manila

Film entries

Tagged as one of the largest celebrations of Korean cinema in the country, with screenings of the greatest Korean films from 2012 to 2015.

With the theme “Strong Hearts,” the film festival will be featuring five films that capture the great willpower of a person to assert decisions even in the face of strong oppositions.

Ode to My Father

“Ode to My Father” revolves around Deok-soo (Hwang Jung-Min), a hardworking man who does everything to provide for his mother and other siblings while setting aside his own ambitions. Deok-soo becomes the breadwinner of his family at an early age after his father and sister are tragically separated from the rest of the family during the evacuation of Hungnam in 1950.

The Beauty Inside

“The Beauty Inside” centers on Woo-jin (Kim Dae-Myung), a furniture designer who wakes up as a different person everyday regardless of gender, race, and age. He has resigned himself to a life alone until he falls in love with Hong E-soo (Han Hyo-joo). Since his physical identity changes frequently, he continues to visit her daily, acting as a new customer. Woo-jin finally musters up the courage to ask her out on a date. Knowing he will change once he sleeps, attempts to stay awake for as long as he can. However, Woo-jin no longer can fight sleep. He passes out and wakes up with a new face.

Confession of Murder

“Confession of Murder” is about Lee Du-seok (Park Si-hoo) who published an autobiography titled I am the Murderer, claiming responsibility for a series of murders that took place 17 years ago and describing all his murders in great detail. His book becomes a bestseller because of the author’s charming looks and his claims of repentance for his crimes. However, Detective Choi Hyeong-goo (Jung Jae-young), who was in charge of the investigation of all the ten murders, insists that Lee is in fact an imposter. Detective Choi chases Lee and challenges him to tell where the eleventh victim is, while Han Ji-Soo (Kim Young-ae), who is the mother of his last victim, seeks revenge with her family and friends. Out of the blue, another killer appears, casting doubt to whether Lee is the real serial killer.

The Suspect

Gong Yoo plays as Ji Dong-chul in “The Suspect.” Ji Dong-chul is a former top North Korean operative who is now a defector after being betrayed by his own country. His life is thrown into chaos after he’s framed for the murder of his boss and is forced to go on the run, chased by General Min Se Hoon (Park Hee Soon). Aided by a feisty documentary maker (Yoo Da In), Dong-chul tries to get to the bottom of the assassination, linked to a mysterious formula which may or may not be for a new and deadly chemical weapon. With Se Hoon and the director of national intelligence (Jo Sung Ha) on his trail, things get personal for Dong-chul when it becomes clear that the conspiracy also involves the killing of his wife and child years back.

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

“How to Use Guys with Secret Tips” tells the story of Choi Bo-Na (Lee Si-Young) an assistant TV commercial editor for five years. Endless nights of overwork have caused her appearance to be a complete mess.

After a grueling outdoor commercial shoot, her coworkers left back for Seoul without her. Stranded on a beach in the middle of nowhere, she comes upon a unique stall that sells various instructional tapes. While browsing the tapes, self-styled guru Dr. Swarski (Park Yeong-gyu) appears and urges her to buy his masterwork, “Manual on How to Use Men.” Dr. Swarski tells her that it will give her the skills she needs to find success and happiness. After reluctantly following the instructions, Bo-na’s life takes a drastic turn. She begins to experience professional success and men start wooing her including top hallyu star, Lee Seung-jae (Oh Jung-se).

The Korean Film Festival is in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Film Cultural Exchange Program, Korea Copyright Commission, Korea Tourism Organization, SM Cinema and SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc.

All films are with English subtitles and free of charge. For more details, contact the Korean Cultural Center at 555-1711, or email info@koreanculture.ph. You may also log on to koreanculture.ph.

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