Despite the number four being considered an ominous number in Korea, this was definitely not the case for the fourth issue of “The Korean Film Festival”. From October 21 to October 25, a program focused on Korean movies and culture awaited guests. As in the years before, the festival took place in Frankfurt’s biggest theatre, the Cinestar Metropolis. On Wednesday evening, the festival started off with 2015’s most popular Korean movie, the impressive period drama “Assassination”, with director Choi Dong-hoon, producer Ahn Soo-hyun and actor Lee Jung-jae attending. After having successfully presented the movie, the attending cast made themselves available for a Q&A with the audience. For those unable to acquire tickets to the opening evening, “Assassination” was shown on again that following sunday. Over the course of the festival’s five days, up to six movies of various genres were shown a day. Dramas, comedies as well as thrillers were screened, making for a program suited to each guest. Fans of action and crime could enjoy Seong-hun Kim’s second feature film and break out hit “A Hard Day”. With the all-star cast of Kim Woo-bin, Lee Junho and Kang Haneul, Byung-heon Lee’s teen comedy “Twenty” attracted especially young people interested in K-Pop and K-Drama, and ended up filling every seat in the theatre. The animated movie “The Nut Job” also provided fun, light-hearted entertainment for the youngest of our guests. A movie of a special kind of nature was director Mo-young Jin’s sentimental documentary “My Love, Don’t Cross That River”, who attended the screening and subsequently answered audience questions. His charming and deeply emotional account of an aging couple facing the last moments of their marriage together brought the audience to tears.
As is the case every year, “The Korean Film Festival” also provided guests with other attractions in addition to the film program. Adults as well as children had the opportunity to try on and take pictures of themselves in a Han- bok, Korea’s traditional attire, and to write their name in Korean calligraphy as well as paint ceramics themselves and enjoy tasting the savory notes of Korean tea. A stand inspired by the Korean variety show “Running Man”, where guests could demonstrate their skills in various games, could also be found among the other booths. Alongside the various workshops and the distinct program of movies, guests could also acquire Korean drinks, snacks, pencil cases and pendants as merchandise. The K-pop dance contest in collaboration with “re[mark]able” has by now become a “Korean Film Festival” staple. Everyone showed a great reaction when the solo, duo, and group dancers that come to Germany each year showcased their talent on stage. In the evening, singers also had a chance to perform in a contest at “The Microphone is Yours”. The winner of the Noreabang-Contest won a coupon for the karaoke bar “Melody”. Choosing a winner proved especially difficult due to the surprising amount of many talented singers that entered. An aftershow party concluded the evening.