Thanks largely to several high profile international titles hitting multiplexes in November, this month is relatively quiet in terms of Korean output. However, there are some interesting films set to emerge for K-film fans to see, many of which are centered around the concept of relationships. The biggest films this month focus on the rekindling of love between a middle-aged couple, the bond between mother and daughter following a possible kidnapping, and the strength of friendship as a young boy mysteriously ages into an adult. Be sure to look out for these smaller, more intimate titles this month, as December sees the release of blockbusters in the run up to Christmas.
Release date: November 3
Directed by: Park Heung-sik
Starring: Kim Seung-woo, Lee Tae-ran
Distributed by: N/A
When director Min-gu travels to Turin to serve on a film festival jury, destiny sees him cross paths with first love Min-ha again. With chemistry immediately re-sparking between them, they agree to relive their youth by traveling around the country together. As they tour famous landmarks discussing art and philosophy, Min-gu and Min-ha rekindle a love they thought long gone.
Twenty Again appears to have been heavily influenced by Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, with the film following a couple as their relationship deepens and love blossoms while on vacation in the gorgeous locales of Italy. It’s a charming film and one that takes a mature approach in exploring relationships as it encapsulates many of the issues faced by people as they reach middle age. Actors Kim Seung-woo and Lee Tae-ran provide adept performances that make the film a touching tale of romance.
Did you know?: Twenty Again premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2015 in the Korean Cinema Panorama program.
Release date: November
Directed by: Lee Eon-hee
Starring: Uhm Ji-won, Gong Hyo-jin
Distributed by: Megabox Plus M
Working mother Ji-sun is in an extremely stressful situation – she is currently proceeding with a divorce against a negligent husband, working full time, and raising daughter Da-eun alone. To cope with the pressure, Ji-sun hires child-carer Han-mae to watch over Da-eun…however, one day they both disappear, leaving Ji-sun alone to track down her missing daughter.
Did you know?: Gong Hyo-jin is one of the most consistently popular actresses in Korea. Initially moving to Australia to pursue dreams of working in the world of fashion, she returned to Korea and starred in revered K-horror Memento Mori (1999), which launched her career in film and television.
Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned
Release date: November
Directed by: Eom Tae-hwa
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Sin Eun-soo
Distributed by: Showbox/Mediaplex
Fantasy drama Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned tells the story of 13-year-old youngsters Sung-min and Soo-rin, who take a trip into a forest and become lost. A search party is launched but only Soo-rin is found. Yet bizarrely a few days later, Sung-min emerges from a mountain cave as a fully grown adult, and teaming up with Soo-rin, the duo must try to understand what happened and reverse the situation so they can return to a normal life.
Did you know?: Child actress Sin Eun-soo, who plays Soo-rin, competed with 300 other actresses for the role and, despite having little experience, was chosen for the part.
Film fans – remember to check the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) website regularly for updates on English subtitled screenings of Korean films occurring in Seoul