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TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho
TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho

The Korea Society’s New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema. South Korea’s 2016 Oscar submission, The Age of Shadows, opening night film – Train to Busan, and American premieres make for a not-to-be-missed showcase of one of the world’s most dynamic national cinemas.

14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Lineup


Train to Busan (부산행)
Dir. Yeon Sang-ho. 2016, 118 mins. With Gong Yoo, Kim Soo-an, Jeong Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok.
What’s scarier than snakes on a plane? Zombies on a train! Korea’s biggest box office hit of 2016 finds fund manager Seo-woo (Goo Yoo) riding the rails with his daughter (Kim Soo-an). But when the undead join the commute, the passengers must fight to make it to the end of the line. Selected for the Cannes Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, and the Stockholm International Film Festival.


The Map Against the World (고산자 대동여지도)
Dir. Kang Woo-suk. 2016, 129 mins. With Cha Seung-won, You Jun-sang, Kim In-kwon, Nam Ji-hyun. Devoted cartographer Kim Jeong-ho (Cha Seung-won) travels across the land to make the first accurate map of Korea. However, a single-minded pursuit of truth estranges him from his family and ignites political intrigue between the King’s regent (You Jun-sang) and the rival house of the Andong Kims. Prolific and crowd-pleasing director Kang Woo-suk (Public Enemy, Fists of Legend) captures the beauty of Korea with this retelling of a well-known episode in Korean history.


Phantom Detective (탐정 홍길동: 사라진마을)
Dir. Jo Sung-hee. 2016, 125 mins. With Lee Je-hoon, Go Ara, Kim Seong-gyoon. Private detective Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon) seeks his mother’s killer (played by Park Geun-hyung), but finds the murderer’s granddaughters instead. Together, they set off to find the missing man, and uncover an even bigger secret. Hong Gil-dong, Korea’s traditional Robin Hood character, is reborn in this film as a modern anti-hero. Selected for the Fantasia International Film Festival.


Sori: Voice from the Heart (로봇, 소리)
New York Premiere
Dir. Lee Ho-Jae. 2016, 117 mins. With Lee Sung-min, Lee Hee-jun, Lee Honey. After achieving sentience, an advanced spy satellite goes AWOL and returns to Earth full of remorse for its role in a military strike. Distraught father Hae-gwan (Lee Sung-min) finds the machine, whose memory—filled with years of recorded phone conversations—may contain clues to the whereabouts of his missing daughter. Together, father and robot—now named “Sori”—must stay a step ahead of intelligence agent Shin (Lee Hee-jun) and aerospace engineer Ji Yun (Honey Lee) to learn the truth. Winner of the 2016 Audience Choice Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival. Selected for The Asian Pop-Up Cinema Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival.


Familyhood (굿바이 싱글)
New York Premiere
Dir. Kim Tae-gon. 2016, 119 mins. With Kim Hye-Soo, Ma Dong-Seok. Spoiled and aging actress Joo-yeon (Kim Hye-soo) decides to secretly adopt a pregnant teen’s baby to make up for declining prospects in both her career and love life. But when news of her fake “pregnancy” pushes her back into the public eye, will she betray those who care about her for a few more moments in the limelight?


The Queen of Crime (범죄의 여왕)
North American Premiere
Dir. Lee Yo-sup. 2016, 130 mins. With Park Ji-young, Jo Bok-rae, Kim Dae-hyeon. When law student Ik-soo (Kim Dae-hyeon)—who is about to sit for Korea’s notorious bar examination—calls home to ask his mother (Park Ji-young) to pay off a $1,000 water bill, she smells a big rat. Mom, who immediately travels to Seoul to “help out,” vows to get to the bottom of the criminally suspicious water bill. But who among the eccentric law-student residents of her son’s apartment complex is really the criminal?


The Age of Shadows (밀정)
Dir. Kim Jee-woon. 2016, 140 mins. With Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho), a Korean police officer working for the Japanese colonial government, is out to stop a plot by a Korean independence group—or is he? Kim Jee-woon returns to Korean cinema after directing Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand with this stylish spy thriller. South Korea’s 2016 Academy Award entry also stars Gong Yoo as the leader of the resistance and superstar Lee Byung-hun in a cameo role.

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