The 17th edition of the Florence Korea Film Fest is opening its doors to the public. The festival dedicate to the South-Korean cinematography will be held from March 21st to to the 28th at Cinema La Compagnia in Firenze, Italy.

As explained by the Festival organisers: “The aim of the Florence Korea Film Fest, is to promote the seductive Korean cultural universe through the magnifying glass of the big screen, art exhibitions and conferences”.

Unique in its kind throughout Italy, the Festival, offers premieres and contemporary classics, documentaries, short films, and extensive retrospectives of the leading directors of Korean cinema, often with the participation of the authors themselves.

The 17th edition of the Festival will present 45 titles, between shorts and feature films, most of them in Italian and European premieres.

Jung Woo Sung, one of most beloved performers in his country (and also in Japan) will be honored by a selection of 5 titles dedicated to his artistic career. From the generational drama “Beat” (1996) by Kim Sung-su, to the sentimental “A Moment to Remember” (2004) box office record both in South Korea and in Japan; from the erotic thriller “Scarlet Innocence” (2014) by Yim Pil-sung alongside the model and actress Esom, up to the most recent action movieAsura: The City of Madness” (2016) directed by Kim Sung-su, and also the political and sci-fi crime movie “Illang: The Wolf Brigade” (2018) by the director Kim Jee-woon, who will be present in the theater to answer the questions of the audience.

Scarlet Innocence

There will be seven special guests at the festival, other than Kang Hyung-Chul the director of “Swing Kids”, including actors, filmmakers and producers, ready to answer the questions from the audience after the screenings. An exclusive masterclass will also be organized, where Jung Woo-sung and Kim Jee-woon will be available for an hour to interact with students and the audience.

To open the festival will be “Swing Kids”, a European premiere, by Kang Hyung-Chul who will be present in the theater: a story of music, dance and friendship, produced by one of the giants of the American film industry, Annapurna Pictures. The film is set in 1951, during the Korean War.

Swing Kids

Here is the full Programme:

SWING KIDS by Kang Hyoung-chul, 2018
CLEAN UP by Kwon Man-ki, 2018
A MOMENT TO REMEMBER by John H. Lee, 2002
ILLANG by Kim Jee Woon, 2018
THE SPY GONE NORTH by Yoon Jong-bin, 2018
ASURA: THE CITY OF MADNESS by Park Kim Sung-su, 2016
MRS BAEK by Lee Ji -won, 2018
DARK FIGURE OF CRIME by Kim Tae-gyoon, 2017
BURNING by Lee Chang-Dong, 2018
BEAT by Kim Sung–su, 1997
HUMAN, SPACE, TIME AND HUMAN by Kim Ki-duck, 2008
TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL by Kimjho Gwang-soo, 2012
SCARLET INNOCENCE by Yim Pil-sung, 2014
THE WITCH by Park Hoon-Jung, 2018
SEVEN YEARS OF NIGHT by Choo Chang-min, 2018
GOLDEN SLUMBER by Noh Dong-seok, 2018

Golden Slumber

Short Movies:

AUDITION by Kim Seul-ki, 2018,
COMING OF AGE by Oh Jung-min, 2018
HOW TO PAINT YOUR RAINBOW by Erick Oh, 2018
MORNING OF THE DEAD by Lee Seung – ju, 2018
THE AMBIENCE by Hwang Se-Yeon , Jin Joo-young, 2018
BUNNY ODISSEY by Yoon Tae-rang, 2018
THE LEVERS by Kim Bo – young, 2018,
PASSING OVER THE HILL by Bang Sung-jun, 2018
THE LAST RAMEN by Park So-won, 2018
WHITE DEVIL; TAXI DRIVER ON FRIDAY NIGHT by Park Seung-won, 2018
404 NOT FOUND by Uhm Ha-neul, 2018
SETTING TIES by Figuriredo Rui, 2018
SHIP OF FOOLS by Lee Sang –hak, 2018
SOH by Seo Bo-Hyung, 2018
GOOD GIRL by Jeong Ji-hye, 2018
BUS by Lee Gwang -jin, 2018
A SILENT DANCING by Gim Yu-ra, 2018

For more info about dates, venues, places and guests please visit the official website 

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On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"

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