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Hallyu Fans, Don't Miss Out On The New Korean Film Festival: 'Seoul Spotlight'

It runs from September 21-27 at select Ayala Malls Cinemas!
Korean Film Festival Seoul Spotlight Ayala Malls
PHOTO: (left to right) The Contents On/The Dude In Me, Lotte Cultureworks/Kim Ji Young: Born 1982

The Hallyu Wave has reached Philippine cinemas, in partnership with VIVA International Pictures and MVP Entertainment! Get ready to laugh, scream, and cry tears of sadness (or joy!) while watching a selection of some of the best Korean films at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Korean Film Festival: Seoul Spotlight.

The film fest began on Tuesday, September 20, via the special screening of South Korea’s official submission at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival: Decision To Leave. The festival runs for a limited time—until Tuesday, September 27, to be precise—so prepare yourselves for a week full of K-content on the big screen.

If you enjoy lighthearted content, immerse yourself in fresh storylines that will tickle your funny bone or bring butterflies to your stomach. Thrill-seekers, get your suspense fix by thanks to gripping crime plots that truly make you *think twice*.

Here's the full list of mystery and crime titles that'll for sure grab your attention:

  • The Policeman's Lineage starring Parasite actor Choi Woo Shik shows a by-the-book police officer’s struggle to investigate a team leader who believes the chase of crime should be justified even if it's illegal.
  • On The Line revolves around a victim of voice phishing who goes out of his way to infiltrate the organization behind the system.
  • Ashfall, featuring Train To Busan star Ma Dong-Seok, Miss A member Bae Suzy, and Squid Game star Lee Byung Hun, highlights the pandemonium that ensues after the eruption of an active volcano, and the chaos that follows after a threat of more imminent eruptions.
  • Emergency Declaration is an action thriller that shows the unprecedented terror that occurs inflight forcing the aircraft to declare an emergency. The movie has a star-studded cast, featuring Parasite star Song Kang Ho, G.I. Joe star Lee Byung Hun, and A World Of Married Couple star Park Hae Joon.
  • Urban Myths is an anthology horror film which consists of ten different horror stories felt in familiar everyday life places like noise between floors, old furniture, mannequins, tunnels, and social media.
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Following the intense lineup, you might want to switch things up with light-hearted films that will either tug at heartstrings or give you a stomachache from too much laughter. Here are some feel-good films for all ages:

  • In Our Prime puts a spotlight on outcasts, and revolves around the story of a genius mathematician with a hidden past and a needy student who has given up on math.
  • Romantic drama Kim Ji Young: Born 1982 is based on the best-selling novel of the same name and tells the story of a woman in her 30s who suddenly shows signs of being inhabited by others such as her late mother and older sister, and the stories of the people connected to her.
  • The Golden Holiday, which is set in the Philippines, is a comedy film that follows the story of a man who sets out for Manila to find his friend who scammed him under the guise of going on vacation.
  • Fantasy comedy The Dude In Me follows a weak high school student and a mighty gangster who exchange their bodies accidentally.

You can watch some of South Korea’s newest heart-pumping flicks at select malls: Glorietta, TriNoma, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Centrio, Ayala Malls Capitol Central, and Ayala MarQuee Mall.


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