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Calendar of Korean Events in Toronto

Want to know what’s happening? Then you’ve come to the right place. We list all the Korean and Korean-Canadian events in Toronto we hear about here – whether it’s a festival, concert, film, party, book launch, or sports event. If it’s got a Korean connection, then we want you to know about it! Plus we’ll give you all the necessary info we can so you can attend the fun Korean events, including how much it costs (if it’s not free) and where to buy tickets. Check back regularly to stay in the know on Korean events in Toronto. You know we have you covered!



Poster courtesy of Cineplex

Poster courtesy of Cineplex

Train to Busan (부산행)

  • What: TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes… or so everyone hopes. [synopsis courtesy of Cineplex]
  • Where: Cineplex Empress Walk (5095 Yonge Street)
  • When: Opens Friday, 22nd **Still playing**
  • Why: Gong Yoo! Also it played at Cannes…
  • How much: $7-14 (depending on the day)

Also playing at…

  • Where: The Royal (608 College Street)
  • When:
    • Thursday, September 1 @ 9:30 PM
    • Saturday, September 3 @ 4:30 PM
  • Why: Gong Yoo! Also it played at Cannes…



Operation Cromite (부산행)

  • What: General Douglas MacArthur and 8 South Korean troop members carry out the covert operation during the Korean War. (More details to come)
  • Where: Cineplex Empress Walk (5095 Yonge Street)
  • When: Opens Friday, August 12 **still playing**
  • Why: It stars Liam Neeson, Lee Jung-Jae (이정재) and Lee Beom-Soo (이범수).
  • How much: $7-14 (depending on the day)


Poster courtesy of Cineplex

Poster courtesy of Cineplex

The Tunnel (터널)

  • What: A tunnel collapses due to poor construction and Jung-Soo becomes tapped in the collapsed tunnel. Will he be rescued?
  • Where: Cineplex Yonge-Dundas (10 Dundas Street East) & Cineplex Empress Walk (5095 Yonge Street)
  • When: Opens Friday, August 26
  • How much: $7-14 (depending on the day)


Under The Sun

  • What: While making an official documentary for North Korea about North Korea, Russian filmmaker, Vitaly Mansky was able to film an interesting glimpse into the country’s propaganda machine.
  • Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
  • When:
    • Monday, August 29 @ 8:45 pm
    • Wednesday, September 7 @ 6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 8 @ 6:00 pm
    • Wednesday, September 21 @ 9:15 pm
    • Saturday, September 24 @ 1:00 pm
  • Why: The documentary screened earlier at both South by Southwest and Hot Docs film festivals
  • How much: $9.73 (you can buy online via the link below)



Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

  • Where: Various venues and theatres in Toronto
  • When: September 8-18, 2016 – various times
  • Why: There are some great Korean films (and just great films in general). Check out our preview for more on the films
    • THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)
    • THE AGE OF SHADOWS (Kim Jee-woon)
    • ASURA: THE CITY OF MADNESS (Kim Sung-soo)
    • THE NET (Kim Ki-duk)
    • YOURSELF & YOURS (Hong Sang-soo)
    • Plus the opening film is THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, whose cast includes Lee Byung Hun!
  • How much:
    • Festival packages range from $85 – $1,510, on sale now
    • Individual tickets range from $20 – $56, on sale September 4 @ 9:00 am


Urban Zakapa

  • What: The Korean indie band, Urban Zakapa is coming to Toronto (and Vancouver), along with special guest Lim Seul Ong (임슬옹) from 2AM.
  • Where: Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West)
  • When: Tuesday, September 20 @ 7:30 pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm)
  • Why: Great music of course!



The Handmaiden (아가씨)

  • What: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions. [synopsis from Cineplex]
  • Where: Not listed yet but probably Cineplex Yonge-Dundas (10 Dundas Street East) and/or Cineplex Empress Walk (5095 Yonge Street)
  • When: Opens October 28th
  • Why: It played at Cannes and TIFF.
  • How much: $7-14 (depending on the day)


Want your event listed? Please let us know!! Send an email to the editor at about any Korean-related event, concert, film, performance or festival and we’ll add it to the calendar. Invite us to cover your event and we’ll help promote it too! ^^

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