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KOFFIA

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: My Dictator (나의 독재자) (South Korea, 2014)

Awarded and nominated for various awards worldwide, My Dictator is an inspiring, eye-opening and commendable piece of art by Director Lee Haejun. Exploring the bond and emotions of a father and son, My Dictator is a beautifully heartbreaking representation of family, love and dreams.

8 Reasons Why You Should Catch 'How To Steal A Dog' at KOFFIA 2015

The much anticipated Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) finally kicked off in Melbourne yesterday with How To Steal A Dog. Here's 8 reasons why you should book a ticket and head down to catch the heartwarming film in your city.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Cart (South Korea, 2014)

Everyone loves a story where the little guy takes on the bigwigs, but it's especially poignant in the case of 2014 Korean film Cart - with feminist themes, it's great to see a huge thumbs up for equality so prominent in Korean media, packaged as a drama-film-turned-social critique.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review - The Face Reader (South Korea, 2013)

Korean historical dramas are one of my favourite genres - their insight into Korean history, royal hierarchies and language are boundless, and they provide a visually rich and compelling landscape for stories much more relatable to a western audience than you'd expect. The Face Reader is no exception - enthralling, intriguing and most certainly entertaining. I've since found myself trying to read the faces of my housemates, clients and even my cat, but I've yet to have any luck.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: The Divine Move (South Korea, 2014)

Ever heard of the game "Go"? It's a board game that originated in China and was popularised in the west in the late 19th century, played with black and white stones, strategic like chess and with the ultimate goal of surrounding your opponent. They call it "baduk" in Korea, and I'd never heard of it until KOFFIA put this film on my radar. It looks innocent enough, until you've seen The Divine Move. Now I will forever associate this innocuous game with violence, bloodshed and revenge.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: A Matter of Interpretation (꿈보다 해몽) (South Korea, 2014)

Dreams are as mysterious and whimsical as life can be. Through A Matter of Interpretation (Hangul: 꿈보다 해몽), director, writer, and producer Lee Kwang-Kuk attempts to take the audience through a whimsical journey to explore the concept of dreams. The movie is made to be quite lighthearted and yet still intriguing. It offers a great cinematography that was a feast for the eyes, and full of symbolism that is quite a challenge to interpret, but of course that is only a part of the journey.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: How To Steal A Dog (South Korea, 2014)

It’s KOFFIA time in Brisbane again, and the festivities kicked off last night – if not with a bang, then certainly with a pop. And maybe a dog whistle. While the festival’s film lineup is always exceptionally curated, traditionally KOFFIA’s opening and closing nights feature films that are particularly exceptional. This year the trend continues with 2014’s How to Steal a Dog.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Clearer Than You Think (생각보다 맑은) (South Korea, 2015)

The struggles that come hand in hand with the road to fulfilling one's dreams are explored in the most clever, humorous and bittersweet ways through this omnibus animation by director Han Ji-Won.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Love Forecast (오늘의 연애) (South Korea, 2015)

Familiar faces such as Jung Joonyoung and Lizzy star alongside Lee Seung-Gi and Moon Chae-Won in this rom-com which many claim to be about escaping the 'friend-zone', though perhaps it would not be too far off to suggest the film is moreso about realising that being friends with the person you love isn't a bad thing at all.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2015 Film Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant (군도:민란의 시대) (South Korea, 2014)

Feudal Joseon historical film meets Western. That is exactly the genre I’d describe for Kundo: Age of the Rampant, with all the bandits, duels and rough humour you could want from a Western. Just think Gats instead of cowboy hats.