1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, Sook-hee is hired as a handmaiden to Japanese heiress Hideko, who lives a secluded life on an estate with her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But the maid has a secret. She and a swindler, who poses as a Japanese Count, are scheming to get the Lady engaged, rob her fortune and lock her up in a madhouse. All proceeds according to plan until Sook-hee starts to truly understand Hideko.
The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin killing each other for no apparent reason, that suspicion turns to panic. When the daughter of the investigating officer falls under the same savage spell, he calls in a shaman to assist in finding the culprit.
The Korean Academy of Film Arts has produced an animation for 3 consecutive years through a collaborative project. Considering the severe reality of Korean animation in that it lacks an industrial infrastructure, “The House” demonstrates the possibilities of Korean animation and the efficiency of collective production. While comparing apartments in the downtown core to the shabby environment of a marginalized district, “The House” portrays the collapse of the spirits dwelling at the house. As such the adventure of Ga-young and the spirits in the house becomes a criticism of modern society: enlightenment via animation. Although this animation may not have the most delicate or original style, the 5 animators that worked on this film unleashed their imaginations, ultimately showcasing the power of a collective process and a pleasure of the collective imagination.
During the Second Manchu invasion of Korea, master archer Nam-Yi’s sister Ja-in and her husband Seo-Goon are taken captive on their wedding day by invading Manchurians. Nam-Yi embarks on a rescue mission but must defeat Jyu Shin-Ta and the Manchurian Prince Dorgon that Shin-Ta protects.
Haewon, a college student, wants to end her secret affair with her professor, Seongjun. Feeling depressed after bidding farewell to her mother who is set to immigrate to Canada the next day, Haewon seeks out Seongjun again after a long time. That day, they run into her classmates at a restaurant and their relationship gets revealed. Haewon gets more agitated and Seongjun makes an extreme suggestion to run away together… Haewon dreams often. Her dreams will be compared to her waking life, but none can be denied as being a part of her life.
Stas is a young third generation Koryo-saram, a member of the Korean minority in Central Asia that was deported from the Russian Far East by Stalin. He and his three friends Kasoy, Shin and Said try to escape from the grim life in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, and one day, they also try heroin. Then, however, Kasoy gets killed by a gang. 6 years later, Shin has emigrated to South Korea, Said has become a drug addict and Stas is now a police officer. Said commits suicide by overdosing and Stas, who has has since then also become a drug addict, decides to turn over a new leaf. He follows Shin to South Korea, but can this be Hanaan for him, the Promised Land?
Hyunjun and Sawoo, close friends and rivals from the South Korean special forces, are recruited by the secret agency NSS. They both fall for Seunghee, the beautiful but lethal profiling specialist at NSS. When they are faced against each other in a nuclear terrorist attack, they are forced to make their final decision and Seunghee’s formidable secret is revealed.
The pupils at this boarding school will stop at nothing. Only the ten best will be allowed to join the top class, and only one of these ten will be admitted to Seoul National University. Anyone entering the premises can’t help feeling a chill. It is rumoured the school once housed secret service torture chambers. One day a pupil is found dead in the woods. The police suspect June, the dead boy’s roommate who was allegedly jealous of the deceased’s straight A’s. At least that’s what several of the other pupils claim. But the police are unable to pin anything on June and let him go. Like everyone else, June also wants to be in the top class. But no matter how hard he studies, he doesn’t seem to have a hope of making it. He and a girlfriend decide to get to the bottom of the problem. June’s investigations unearth secret and brutal goings on. It seems only those with powerful, moneyed families will get on in the school. June is so appalled that he decides to resort to drastic measures. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]