Preview: 2014 Toronto Korean Film Festival

Toronto Korean Film Festival Networking Party with Shayne Orok
Toronto Korean Film Festival Networking Party with Shayne Orok

Last Saturday, the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF) announced its 2014 festival lineup at a jointly held Networking Party with the Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation. Not only was the night a great way to connect with other Korean film enthusiasts, filmmakers and entertainment industry people; but it also featured a live performance by Shayne Orok. Who, by the way, is a super nice person.

The evening had three components – a press conference that announced the shorts, documentaries and feature films that will be screening at this year’s TKFF; a live performance by Shayne; and a networking event with DJ Lyon where people could mix & mingle. This article will primarily be about the press conference and lineup but before I get to that, I want to briefly touch on Shayne’s performance and the networking event.

Shayne Orok performing
Shayne Orok performing

First, Shayne mesmerized the crowd with his intimate performance. It was fun to see his performance in such a casual and friendly environment. Looking around at the crowd and listening to the reactions afterwards, it seemed like everyone agreed.

After Shayne’s performance, DJ Lyon started spinning tunes with the help of a fellow DJ (whose name I unfortunately didn’t get) and people started to mingle and network. Now, I’m not very good at talking to strangers or those I don’t know very well so I always make it a goal to talk to at least 3 people who I’m not already friends with. It was easy at TKFF’s Networking Party as there were several people I’d met once or twice but never really chatted with. Although I will admit that I talked a lot with friends and those working at TKFF. ^^

TKFF Director of Communications, Nuo Chen announcing the 2014 lineup
TKFF Director of Communications, Nuo Chen announcing the 2014 lineup

But the real purpose of this article is to tell you about this year’s lineup. Keep reading for all the shorts, documentaries and feature films. No matter what you like, we’ve got you covered – from classic film to dark, powerful dramas to shorts that will make you cry; there’s something for everyone.

The 2014 TKFF Lineup

At Cinecycle

Tuesday, May 27 – Day 1

KOREAN CLASSICS: THE BEST KOREAN FILM OF ALL TIME

Aimless Bullet 오발탄

  • Director: YOO, Hyeon-Mok
  • 1961
  • 106 min

Doors open @ 7:00pm and the screening starts @ 7:30pm. 

Wednesday, May 28  – Day 2

ZAINICHI (KOREAN RESIDENTS IN JAPAN) SHORTS

Doors open @ 7:00pm and the screening starts @ 7:30pm.

Butterfly ちょうちょ

  • Director: Mi Fa Park
  • 2011
  • 3 min 11 sec
  • Drama

Aigo! ~My Nationality is in Heaven~ アイゴ~!

  • Director: Dalya Lee
  • 2011
  • 28 min
  • Drama
  • Canadian Premiere

Galapagos ガラパゴス

  • Director: Dalya Lee
  • 2013
  • 20 min
  • Drama
  • North American Premiere

Matou まとう

  • Director: Yeong-I
  • 2010
  • 35 min
  • Drama
  • North American Premiere

Thursday, May 29 – Day 3 

KOREAN QUEER SHORTS

Doors open @ 7:00pm and the screening starts @ 7:30pm.

Act of Affect 정동의 막

  • Director: siren eun yong jung (name’s in lower case by design)
  • 2013
  • 19:34
  • Documentary, Performing Art
  • International Premiere

Fly by Night 야간비행

  • Director: Tae-gyum Son
  • 2011
  • 21:14
  • Drama
  • Canadian Premiere

I’m Jin-Young 진영이

  • Director: Sung-eun Lee
  • 2006
  • 18:30
  • Drama
  • Canadian Premiere

Dol (First Birthday) 돌

  • Director: Andrew Ahn
  • 2011
  • 11:11
  • Drama

The Woman 그 여자

  • Director: Mi-hye Jo l
  • 2012
  • 20:07
  • Drama
  • International Premiere

Auld Lang Syne  올드랭사인

  • Director: Joon-moon So
  • 2007
  • 26:00
  • Drama

At the AGO (Jackman Hall)

Friday, May 30 – Day 4 

Friday has 2 screenings

KOREAN (& KOREAN-CANADIAN) SHORTS COMPETITION

Doors open @ 6:00pm and the screening starts @ 6:30pm.

She 그녀

  • Director: Seong Hyeok Moon
  • 2013
  • 16:58
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Korean

The Secret 비밀

  • D:  Eric Junghwan Park (in attendance)
  • 2011
  • 13:00
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Korean-Canadian

Conceived

  • Director: Eui Yong Zong (in attendance)
  • 2013
  • 5:04
  • Experimental
  • Korean-Canadian

Fever 고열

  • Director: Ji Won Oh
  • 2013
  • 15:00
  • Drama, Thriller
  • Korean

Sprout 콩나물

  • Director: Ga Eun Yoon
  • 2013
  • 19:58
  • Drama
  • Korean

Like 좋아요

  • Director: Jun-yeop Jang
  • 2014
  • 6:48
  • Drama
  • Korean

Bad Hair Day

  • Director: Mee Soo Lee
  • 2004
  • 7:20
  • Documentary
  • Korean-Canadian

When September Ends 9월이 지나면

  • Director: Hyung Dong Ko
  • 2013
  • 23:26
  • Romance
  • Korean

Doors open @ 8:20pm

Broken 방황하는 칼날

  • Director: 
  • Korea 2014
  • 122 min
  • Revenge Thriller
  • Korean w/English Subtitles
  • Canadian Premiere

Saturday, May 31 – Day 5 

Saturday has 4 feature presentations, followed by the closing night awards ceremony.

Doors open @ 12:00pm, screening starts @ 12:30pm

Broken 방황하는 칼날

  • Director: 
  • Korea 2014
  • 122 min
  • Revenge Thriller
  • Korean w/English Subtitles
  • Canadian Premiere

Doors open @ 3:00pm, screening starts @ 3:30pm

Our Homeland かぞくのくに 가족의 나라 

  • Director: Yonghi Yang
  • Japan 2012
  • 100 min
  • Drama 
  • Japanese & Korean w/English Subtitles

Doors open @ 5:40 pm, screening starts @ 6:10 pm

My Place 마이플레이스 

  • Director: Emmanuel Moonchil Park (in attendance)
  • Canada/Korea 2013
  • 77 min
  • Documentary
  • Korean w/English Subtitles

Doors open @ 8:00 pm, screening starts @ 8:30 pm.

Night Flight 야간비행

  • Director: Heeil LeeSong
  • Korea 2014
  • 144 min
  • Drama, Noir
  • Korean w/English Subtitles
  • North American Premiere

It’s a fabulous lineup of shorts, documentaries and feature films to entertain and educate you – and I’m not just saying that because I’m on the board of directors of this film festival. I’ve seen quite a few of the films we’ll be screening and I can honestly say… there are some ones you don’t want to miss this year.

The crowd
The crowd at the Networking Party

Want more info? Check out TKFF’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

Want to buy tickets? Buy online.

Full Disclosure: I’m on the board of directors of TKFF so my opinion might be a little biased but I totally stand behind this great festival and its dedicated and hardworking volunteers that make everything happen! 

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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