My Way (Mai-wei)

During the invasion of Normandy the photograph of a slim Korean man in German uniform was found. It transpired that the man had served as a soldier in the Japanese, Russian and German armies. His incredible story inspired director Kang Je-Gyu to create this epic war drama and tell for the first time the story of the Second World War from a Korean point of view. This big-budget production features stupendous battle scenes but also the moving story of two rivals who in spite of the war manage to find common ground. Jun-shik, a Korean, and Tatsuo, who is Japanese, meet during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Both men are promising marathon runners but their friendly rivalry soon turns sour and makes them bitter enemies. When war breaks out they to travel a distance of 12,000 kilometres – from battles on the Manchurian-Mongolian border, to Siberia and finally Normandy. During this time they first hate, then fight each other. But gradually their hatred gives way to acceptance and finally, they become friends once more – united by their inextinguishable dream of one day winning a gold medal in a marathon. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]

Dangerous Liaisons

As war looms in Shanghai, glamorous libertine MO JIEYU (Cecilia Cheung) runs into playboy XIE YIFAN (Jang Dong-Gun), an ex boyfriend who’s never stopped loving her, and persuades him to play a treacherous game. Xie must seduce the innocent and naïve DU FENYU (Zhang Ziyi) and then dump her. But the game becomes increasingly dangerous as Xie falls in love with Du, and it will lead them all towards tragic and shocking consequences.

Set in 1930s Shanghai – the glamorous, tumultuous “Paris of the East” – this is an adaptation of the French novel ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ by Choderlos de Laclos, upon which Dangerous Liaisons (1988), which starred Glenn Close and John Malkovich, was also based. {Synopsis courtesy of ArcLightFilms]

The Way

Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.