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KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN AUSTRALIA 2019

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FESTIVAL FEATURE
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By Charlie David Page
27th August 2019

Celebrating 10 years of screening the very best in Korean cinema Down Under, The Korean Film Festival in Australia returns in 2019 a line-up of exquisite new Korean films, from across all genres.

Taking place in Sydney (22-31 August), Canberra (22-25 August), Brisbane (5-8 September) and Melbourne (5-12 September), the Festival’s program features a whopping 22 films, 13 of which are Australian premieres.

Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, KOFFIA showcases the very best of Korean culture through film. From big-budget blockbusters to intimate art house flicks, the Festival presents a packed program of world-class cinema, plucked straight out of Korea’s booming film industry – Hallyuwood.

The SWITCH team has checked out the best of the festival, so take a look through our reviews below to help you decide what to see! Check back throughout the festival as we add to the collection.

Parasite - A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
PARASITE
A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
An engrossing, stylish and near perfect movie. Though he is often juggling a mosaic of characters, themes and social issues, Bong Joon-ho never eschews his anarchic impulses and dark humour.
Rampant - Ho-hum historical Korean zombie thrills
RAMPANT
Ho-hum historical Korean zombie thrills
It excels neither as a zombie film, nor a throne-room drama, but what it lacks in originality is made up for with gruesome visuals and cold-blooded savagery.
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
THE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALE
An extremely silly zomedy
If you’re seeking a lightweight and absurd comedy featuring zombies, then this film might just tickle your funny bone with its eccentric characters and plot.
The Great Battle - An awesomely entertaining war epic
THE GREAT BATTLE
An awesomely entertaining war epic
With over half the movie consisting of action scenes, if you love violence as much as a Spartan, Quentin Tarantino, or a video-game-playing teenage boy, you will be endlessly fascinated.
A Resistance - A sombre portrait of faith and courage
A RESISTANCE
A sombre portrait of faith and courage
An increasing amount of Korea's best movies are highly influenced by their difficult and often turbulent history. Much like its protagonist, this film manages to keep the faith.
Swing Kids - A war film in its own league
SWING KIDS
A war film in its own league
The film should be commended for its ambition, even if it doesn’t always manage to juggle all its balls as well as wants to. It's a breath of fresh air for a film set in wartime.
The Spy Gone North - Engrossing espionage escapades
THE SPY GONE NORTH
Engrossing espionage escapades
You don’t need to know much about Korean politics to enjoy it; you only need an appreciation for political intrigue and tension-inducing filmmaking.
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
INSEPARABLE BROS
A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
This is one of those heartwarming tearjerkers that's sure to be an instant crowd-pleaser, showcasing not only the power of friendships but of disabled friendships.
Granny Poetry Club - Growing old, friendship, learning and poetry
GRANNY POETRY CLUB
Growing old, friendship, learning and poetry
This documentary tracks a group of unlikely people in a very peculiar and undocumented situation. It's a reminder that age is but a number, and we are only as limited as we think we are.
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