Korean film festival opens at SM City Clark

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Strong hearts – this is what the five most sought-after films from South Korea, which are currently being shown during the Korean Film Festival 2016 at SM City Clark, have in common.

The film festival, organized by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, opened at SM City Clark (SMCK) on Thursday, September 8 and will run until Sunday, September 11.

The five films aim to showcase the “strong hearts” of Korean natives, or their great willpower to assert decisions even in the face adversities.

The films, “Ode to my Father,” “The Beauty Inside,” “Confession of Murder,” “The Suspect,” and “How to Use Guys with Secret Tips,” are being shown for free at SMCK’s Cinema 3. The screening schedules will be 12 noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Oh Choongsuk, counselor of Culture and public relations of the Korean Embassy and director of KCC, welcomed both Koreans and Kapampangans during the first screening on Thursday. He also thanked SM Cinemas for accommodating their festival.

Kim Kiyoung, president of the Korean Community Association in Central Luzon, said the film festival is their way of promoting Korean culture to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, SMCK assistant mall manager Andrea Madlangbayan assured the Korean community of their continued support in promoting awareness of their unique culture.

“These award-winning masterpieces are perfect examples of Korea’s open-mindedness, nationalism and creativity in story-telling, acting and technological prowess,” Madlangbayan said.

The Korean Film Festival 2016 will also be held in other SM Supermalls in Davao (September 15-18), Iloilo (September 22-25), Cebu (September 29-October 2), Cavite (October 6-9) and Manila (October 13-16).