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KOFFIA 2019 unveils their full program

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Celebrating 10 years of screening the very best in Korean cinema Down Under, The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA), returns to Sydney (22-31 Aug), Canberra (22-25 Aug), Brisbane (5-8 Sept) and Melbourne (5-12 Sept) for another year, showcasing the hottest films from Korea’s thriving film industry.

Launched in 2010 and organised by the Korean Cultural Centre AustraliaKOFFIA is the biggest Korean film event in Oceania. Held in four major Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, it is the largest government funded Korean event outside Korea and is proudly supported by the Korean Film Council, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The 10th Festival in 2019 will run for 18 days showcasing 22 films over 53 sessions. It aims to present the wonder of Korean culture through film. From big budget blockbusters, gripping indie flicks, rom-coms, pop culture musings and more, the Festival presents a packed program of world-class cinema, from the hottest Korean filmmakers. KOFFIA is a cinematic experience for people of all tastes, ages and cultural backgrounds.

Just days ago, the full program for the Festival was released, and it includes some of the most exciting films to come out of Korea in recent times. Check out a little sneak peak below.

KOFFIA 2019 sneak peak

KOFFIA 2019 TRAILER

Just one more sleep to the FULL PROGRAM LAUNCH of #KOFFIA 2019 on www.koffia.com.au! Can't wait to unveil the 2019 line-up of exquisite new Korean films from across all genres. Here's your first look 👀 of the films for this year's festival. Celebrating 10 years of the festival and 100 years of Korean cinema, exciting audience events and special programs also await you along the way, so stay tuned!👉 2019 KOFFIA Dates & Venues 👈📍SYD 22-31 AUG | Dendy Cinemas (Opera Quays)📍CBR 22-25 AUG | Palace Electric Cinemas📍BNE 5-8 SEP | Elizabeth Picture Theatre 📍MEL 5-12 SEP | The Capitol🔔 STAY UP TO DATE 🔔www.koffia.com.auKorean Film Festival in Australiawww.instagram.com/koreanfilmfestivalwww.twitter.com/koffiafilmfestwww.youtube.com/koreanfilmfestival

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Between now and the start of the Festival we’ll bring you preview of each of the movies that will be showing. Below are three of the movies that you’ll be able to watch during KOFFIA 2019.

The Dude in Me (내안의 그놈) 

Think ‘Freaky Friday‘ but with Korean crime lords! The Dude in Me is a feel-good body switching flick made great with a dream ensemble cast. In his first leading role, Jinyoung, from the K-Pop group B1A4, knocks it out of the park as the wimpy fat kid turned mob boss

KOFFIA 2019 – The Dude in Me (내안의 그놈)

Think 'Freaky Friday' but with Korean crime lords! The Dude in Me is a feel-good body switching flick made great with a dream ensemble cast. In his first leading role, Jinyoung, from the K-Pop group B1A4, knocks it out of the park as the wimpy fat kid turned mob boss.🎬 The Dude in Me (내안의 그놈) **AUS. PREMIERE**Director: Kang Hyo-jinCast: Park Sung-woong, Jin-young, Ra Mi-ran📍SYD 25 AUG 14:00📍MEL 10 AUG 17:45🎟 Tickets on sale from 1 AUG (SYD, CBR) and 15 AUG (BNE, MEL) via www.koffia.com.au

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Saturday, 27 July 2019

The Great Battle (안시성) 

The Great Battle tells the story of the Siege of Ansi, where Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 500,000 invading Tang soldiers in a battle that raged for eighty-eight days. The film rings with the echoes of such sweeping, cinematic blitzkriegs as the Battle of Helm’s Deep in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) or any number of Game of Thrones assaults.

KOFFIA 2019 – The Great Battle (안시성)

The Great Battle tells the story of the Siege of Ansi, where Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 500,000 invading Tang soldiers in a battle that raged for eighty-eight days. The film rings with the echoes of such sweeping, cinematic blitzkriegs as the Battle of Helm’s Deep in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) or any number of Game of Thrones assaults.🎬 The Great Battle (안시성) Director: Kim Kwang-sikCast: Zo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Park Sung-woong📍SYD 25 AUG 19:00📍BNE 5 SEP 20:10📍MEL 7 SEP 19:00🎟 Tickets on sale from 1 AUG (SYD, CBR) and 15 AUG (BNE, MEL) via www.koffia.com.au🤓 Review: https://www.filmink.com.au/reviews/the-great-battle

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Saturday, 27 July 2019

Underdog (언더독) 

The only animation in the line up this year that follows a dog, Moongchi whose life is turned upside when he’s abandoned by his owners. Underdog was invited to the Tokyo Anime Award Festival as first Korean animation ever and K-pop star Do Kyung-soo (D.O.) appears in the film, lending his voice to Moongchi.

KOFFIA 2019 – Underdog (언더독)

The only animation in the line up this year that follows a dog, Moongchi whose life is turned upside when he’s abandoned by his owners. Underdog was invited to the Tokyo Anime Award Festival as first Korean animation ever and K-pop star Do Kyung-soo (D.O.) appears in the film, lending his voice to Moongchi.🎬 Underdog (언더독) Director: Oh Seong-yun, Lee Chun-baekCast: Doh Kyung-soo, Park So-dam, Park Cheol-min📍SYD 31 AUG (13:30)📍CBR 24 AUG (15:00)🎟 Tickets on sale from 1 AUG (SYD, CBR) and 15 AUG (BNE, MEL) via www.koffia.com.au

Posted by Korean Film Festival in Australia on Friday, 26 July 2019

DATES AND VENUES OF KOFFIA

  • Sydney : 22-31 Aug 2019 @ Dendy Opera Quay (Shop 9, 2 East, Sydney NSW 2000)
  • Canberra : 22-25 Aug 2019 @ Palace Electric (NewActon Nishi, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra ACT 2601)
  • Brisbane : 5-8 Sep 2019 @ The Elizabeth Picture Theatre (175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000)
  • Melbourne : 5-12 Sep 2019 @ Capitol Theatre (113 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000)

Every film presented at the Festival screens with English subtitles.

For full program and session details head to the KOFFIA website: www.koffia.com.au

We’ve got some fantastic news about your opportunity to participate in the Festival which will bring you in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for that.

We’ll bring you more details of KOFFIA as they are released, including more program previews, and details of the international guests who will be attending.

Tickets go on sale from 1 August (Sydney and Canberra) and 16 August (Brisbane and Melbourne).

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Written and edited by Narell

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