Opening Night Presentation | Korean DiasporaYakiniku Dragon 야키니쿠 드래곤
Directed by CHONG Wishing
Drama, Family | Japan 2018
Yakiniku Dragon is the story of a Korean family bbq restaurant in 1970s Japan. It conveys the vigorous life of Zainichi villagers sharing common trauma as they love, argue, and reconcile. The charming ensemble cast, including Korean actors Kim Sang-Ho and Lee Jeong-Un and Japanese actors Maki Yoko and Inoue Mao, delivers delightful performances.
Korean-Canadian ShowcaseMy Enemy, My Brother
Directed by Ann SHIN
Documentary | Canada 2017
Over 30 years ago, Zahed and Najah met on the battlefield as enemies. Though Najah was gravely wounded, Zahed did not kill him, but saved his life. Decades later and half a world away, their paths crossed again. This film chronicles their unlikely story of brotherhood, and their emotional journey back to Iran and Iraq.
Feature PresentationTHE FIRST LAP 초행
Directed by KIM Dae-hwan
Drama | Korea 2017 | CANADIAN PREMIERE
Su-hyeon, a private art institute teacher and Ji-young, a contract worker at a small network enterprise have been living together for six years. To his surprise, Su-hyeon finds out that Ji-young is late for her period and, in anticipation of a possible child, the couple visit each other’s parents.
Korean Shorts Competition ShowcaseMad Rush 병훈의 하루
Total running time: 129 min
This annual competition and showcase makes up one of TKFF’s key initiatives in nurturing Korean cinema by featuring emerging filmmakers from Korea, or filmmakers of Korean-inspired works. Out of over 400 submissions from Korea and around the world, the festival’s largest amount of entries to date, seven films were selected by TKFF 2018 to present this year.
Feature PresentationRYEOHAENG 려행
Directed by IM Heung-soon
Documentary | Korea 2017 | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
‘Ryeohaeng’ means 'journey' in North Korean dialect. A group of women climbs a summer mountain situated in South Korea. They are refugees who have settled in the South Korean society after fleeing from North Korea. For them, climbing the mountains has been an unavoidable journey for survival.
Feature PresentationLITTLE FOREST 리틀 포레스트
Directed by YIM Soon-rye
Drama | Korea 2018 | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Young Hye-won’s life in a big city isn’t going as planned - no job, no romance, bad grades. Impulsively, she returns to her rural hometown. As seasons pass, Hye-won slowly finds pleasure in living a simple life. A new spring is approaching, and she puts the first step in her brand new life.
Korean ClassicSEONG CHUNHYANG 성춘향
Directed by SHIN Sang-ok
Drama, Romance, Epic, Historical | Korea 1961 | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
Chunhyang, the only daughter of an old gisaeng named Wolmae, falls in love with Lee Mong-Nyong and promises to marry him. But Lee leaves for Seoul with his father who's an aristocrat, and the new governor, Byeon Hakdo, covets Chun-hyang because she is the most beautiful girl in town...
Closing Night Feature PresentationCLAIRE’S CAMERA 클레어의 카메라
Directed by HONG Sang-soo
Drama | Korea 2016
On a business trip to the Cannes Film Festival, Manhee is accused of being dishonest, and is abruptly fired. Music teacher Claire possesses the ability to transform objects with her camera and comes to sympathize with Manhee. Claire goes with Manhee to the cafe where she was fired.