Wednesday, October 3, 2012

First-ever Atlanta Korean Film Festival kicks off this Friday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

AND... ACTION: The poster art for the 2004 South Korean action film Arahan. The film will screen with 16 other contemporary films as part of the upcoming first ever Atlanta Korean Film Festival beginning Friday, October 5.
  • AND... ACTION: The poster for the 2004 South Korean action film "Arahan." The film will screen as part of the upcoming Atlanta Korean Film Festival beginning Friday, October 5.
Korean cinema has truly blossomed in the past ten years, but it's a renaissance that may not be readily apparent to the average Atlanta movie buff. Outside of the screening of the occasional breakout hit like the 2006 monster movie The Host, it's difficult for Atlanta cinema-goers to get a comprehensive look at the new Korean cinema, which is spread across a broad range of genres and styles.

Atlanta is therefore in for a real treat when the first ever Atlanta Korean Film Festival opens this Friday, October 5. The 8-day event presents the latest and greatest in contemporary Korean cinema from drama and horror to comedy and animation, with screenings taking place at various venues including Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, the Rialto Center for the Arts, Lefont Sandy Springs, and Carmike Cinemas 12 in Athens.

The festival opens with a red carpet gala event at the Rialto Theater this Friday evening, which will include a screening of the historical epic Masquerade. Other films include the comedy 200 Pounds of Beauty, the ghost story Epitaph, the animated adult thriller King of Pigs, and the action film War of the Arrows. Seventeen contemporary films will be screened in all. For a complete listing and for more information about the event, visit the AKFF website.

The trailer for the modern horror classic Epitaph looks cool as all get-out, but we're sort of wondering: Who's going to hold our hand when we watch this shizzle and, more importantly, stay up with us during the next six years without sleep?

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