Hawaii Film Blog

Friday, October 28, 2005

Korea Fever at LVHIFF

"A Bittersweet Life"'s Lee Byung-hun at the LVHIFF Opening Night Party

Hawaii is getting a little taste of hallyu, or the "Korean Wave" sweeping across Asia and beyond. Thanks to the recent proliferation of Korean soap operas, pop idols, and films, the country is experiencing a golden age of sorts. The selection of Korean films and the mania surrounding Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Lee Ki-woo at the Hawaii International Film Festival this year attest to the fact that hallyu has spread to American shores. Here are the Korean films you can still catch at the fest:

Fri, 10/28, 3:45pm, Dole: Little Brother
Sat, 10/29, 1:30pm, Dole: Little Brother
Sat, 10/29, 3:45pm, Dole: Crying Fist
Sat, 10/29, 4:00pm, Kona: Different Romance
Sun, 10/30, 12:15pm, Dole: A Bittersweet Life (rush line)
Sun, 10/30, 1:30pm, Dole:
Different Romance
Sun, 10/30, 3:45pm, Dole: Sad Movie (just added)
Sun, 10/30, 7:00pm, Dole:
Blood Rain (rush line)
Fri, 11/4, 5:30pm, Hilo: Little Brother

The other Korean films that showed at HIFF this year include: "The Dictator's Cut," "Sa-kwa," "State of Mind," and official Korean entry for the Oscars, "Welcome to Dongmakol."

>> Korean stars surprised by American fandom [Jim Hill Media, 10/26/05]
>> Hallyu (Korean Wave) [Korea National Tourism Organization]
>> 'Korean Wave' leaves its mark in Asia in 2004 [Korea.net]
>> Gov't to take systematic approach to 'Hallyu' [Korea.net]
>> Hooray for Hallyu-wood? [The Korea Times, 2/22/05]

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