Train to Busan

Marshal law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival…

The Handmaiden

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 Wailing

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 House

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.

War of the Arrows

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.

Jury

A jury meets after a screening to discuss a film. But are they to judge it by its form, emotion or message? Incapable of agreeing the criteria, their debate descends into chaos. A satire for all those who make, watch and review films. [Courtesy of Berlinale]

Juvenile Offender

Korean director Kang Yi-kwan evokes such troubled-youth classics as Rebel Without a Cause, The 400 Blows and L’enfance nue in this beautifully rendered character study of a fifteen-year-old boy struggling to stay on the straight and narrow.

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon

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.

Hanaan

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?

Secret Sunshine

Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.

La Mission

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.