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Korean Movies to Make Inroads into Los Angeles

2006/10/30 Source

The three Korean films, which have been highly recognized from the world's movie critics and viewers, will make inroads in the mainland of the United States.

The Korean movies will be screened at the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival, which is to be held at Arclight Hollywood and other venues around Hollywood Boulevard from November 1 through November 8.

The Korean films include "The Host", directed by Bong Joon-ho, director Kim Ki-duk's "Time", and Kim Tae-yong's "Family Ties" ("The Birth of a Family").

The Host will be run on November 3 and 4 at the section "Dark Horizons" in the film festival. The section was created for films that are pushing the envelope and use the tools of genre filmmaking to explore much deeper socio-political and human issues, according to the official website of the festival.

The other two Korean movies, "Time" and "Family Ties" ("The Birth of a Family"), will be on show at the section "Asian New Classics", along with other Asian films.

The event, hosted by the American film institute, is Los Angeles' largest and most prominent movie event, featuring international competitions for features and documentaries, shorts, independent films and a wide range of regional spotlights.

It is also one of the best chances to catch up on the latest international cinema in a town not widely known for its interest in the outside world.

Features, documentaries and shorts in 35mm, 16mm and video are the festival's stock-in-trade and there are prizes for new directors and writers, actors and cinematography. There are also Audience Awards in each category and a Grand Jury Prize.

The festival's greatest strength, however, is its very wide range of international programming. For full details of the screening schedule, please visit the festival website.

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