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A Retrospective of Korean Film Including Cult Film “The Host” in 3D

Hollywood, CA (June 4, 2012)Look East: Korean Film Festival today announced the lineup of films for its first annual Hollywood celebration of Korean cinema.  Taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, on June 23-24, the rising Korean film industry will be recognized with a series of new and classic films screened over the weekend, with the participation of several top actors and directors. Hyundai Motors/Auto serves as a lead festival sponsor.


Ten films are currently confirmed including one the 3D version of the cult film The Host; two with live Q&A’s (A Bittersweet Life and Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema); and two US premieres (Flower in Hell and A Hometown in My Heart).


3 Iron (Bin Jip)

Year: 2004

Director: Ki-duk Kim

Description: A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents’ lives for a few days.


A Bittersweet Life (Dar Kom Hahn Inseng) – Q&A with star Byung-hun Lee

Year: 2005

Director: Jee-woon Kim

Description: A cool-headed perfectionist managing an upscale restaurant is enlisted by his boss to determine if his young girlfriend is cheating on him.


The Day He Arrives (Book Chon Bahng Yang)

Year: 2011

Director: Sang-soo Hong

Description: A delightful meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives.


Flower in Hell (Jiok Hwa) – U.S. premiere

Year: 1958

Director: Sang-okk Shin

Description: Made in the aftermath of the Korean War, this grim tale of moral decay, betrayal and retribution spotlights two brothers in a dangerous love triangle.


A Hometown in My Heart (Maum Ae Gohyang) – U.S. premiere

Year: 1949

Director: Yong-gyu Yun

Description: A child monk learns the teachings of the Buddha while he lives with the temple’s head monk.


The Host 3D (Gae Mur)

Year: 2006

Director: Jun-ho Bong


A dim-witted man working at his father’s snack bar must act when his only daughter is taken by a monster.


Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema – Q&A with subject/star Pierre Rissient

Year: 2007

Director: Todd McCarthy

Description: A veteran film critic explores the legacy of Pierre Rissient, a French filmmaker and international film expert who has long championed Korean cinema and has been instrumental in raising its profile worldwide.


Poetry (Shi)

Year: 2010

Director: Chang-dong Lee

Description: Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, a moving portrait of a woman’s fight against Alzheimer’s and against her guilt over a relative’s brutal crime.


Punch (Wahn D’Ghi)

Year: 2011

Director: Han Lee

Description: An aimless 17-year-old, who lives in a poor hillside village with his dwarf father and stammering uncle, learns that his runaway mother was from the Philippines and that he has a chance to see her again.


Unbowed (Booruh Jin Hwa Sal)– starring hand & footprint honoree Ahn Sung-ki

Year: 2011

Director: Woo-Suk Kang

Description: Based on the true story of a math professor who was arrested for supposedly shooting a crossbow at the appellate judge who unjustly dismissed his case.


Thirst (Bahk Ji)

Year: 2009

Director: Chan-wook Park

Description: Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.


***for a full film festival schedule, including special events go to


“For lovers of Korean cinema, and for those who have never experienced it, this festival offers a fantastic cross-section of films across more than six decades,” explains Look East: Korean Film Festival founder Martha Chang.  “We especially look forward to introducing these wonderful films to new audiences and hope to broaden the reach of the festival in years to come.”


Marking the first time in its 85-year history, Asian performers will cast their hand and footprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Saturday, June 23, during the festival.  They include Lee Byung-Hun an award-winning star who recently appeared as Storm Shadow in Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and will be seen next year in the sequel, G.I. Joe 2: The Retaliation and has been cast in the upcoming RED 2, along with Ahn Sung-Ki, a veteran Korean star considered to be one of the most respected, influential actors in Asia who recently had great commercial success with Unbowed.  Filmmaker and influencer, Pierre Rissient will also be recognized at the Opening Ceremony taking place on the same day.


Other sponsors of the festival include KOFIC (Korean Film Council), Dongsuh Food Corp., Pantech, KCCLA (Korean Culture Center of LA), Visit California, Asiana Airlines, C.J. E & M, Korea times and L.A. Metro.  Look East Festival has also partnered with Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority to offer a 15% discount on festival tickets to local public transit riders.  Simply show your Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket when purchasing at Grauman’s Chinese Theater’s box office.

Tickets to the films, the opening ceremony, the VIP dinner and cocktail party are available at, or by calling 323-431-4111.


For more information on Look East: Korean Film Festival, please visit the website, on Facebook!/LookEastFestival and on Twitter @LookEastFest.


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