Korea Indonesia Film Festival kicks off on Oct. 28 with online and offline screenings

EXO’s Park Chanyeol in the musical drama ‘The Box’ (2021). Photo: Twitter/@thebox_movie
EXO’s Park Chanyeol in the musical drama ‘The Box’ (2021). Photo: Twitter/@thebox_movie

The return of the Korea Indonesia Film Festival (KIFF) is right around the corner with screenings set to begin this Thursday, and festivalgoers can choose to attend online or offline. 

The festival, which was first held in 2013, is presented by the Korean Cultural Center Indonesia under the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Indonesia as well as CGV Cinemas, bringing select Korean and Indonesian films that promote the cultures of both countries. 

This year’s theme is “adapting and moving forward together,” with screenings held online on streaming platform Vidio and offline at CGV studios in Jakarta and Bandung; the same format as last year. 

KIFF 2021 is bringing Korean films starring your favorite actors, starting from horror flick The Wailing (2016) directed by Na Hong-jin, action drama film Escape from Mogadishu (2021) starring Jo In-sung, disaster comedy film Sinkhole (2021) starring Cha Seung-won and Lee Kwang-soo, among others. 

If you’re a fan of Gong Yoo and Park Bogum, make sure not to miss sci-fi action film Seo Bok (2021), in which the latter plays the first human clone hunted for possessing the secret for eternal life. On the other hand, Indonesia is represented by drama comedy Mekah I’m Coming (2019) and horror flick Asih 2.

Two films starring popular K-pop idols that were released earlier this year, namely jukebox musical/road movie The Box and drama Double Patty, are also on the lineup. Rapper of boyband EXO, Park Chanyeol, shows off his musical prowess through his role as an aspiring musician with a severe stage fright in The Box. This isn’t Chanyeol’s first time acting in a film, as he debuted in Salut d’Amour (2015) that stars Oscar-winning actress Youn Yuh-jung, which will also be screened in the festival.

Irene (Bae Joo-hyun), leader of girl group Red Velvet, makes her silver screen debut as a would-be news anchor who works at a homemade burger restaurant in Double Patty. Choi Minho, rapper of boyband Shinee, took part in action-war film The Battle of Jangsari (2019), which also stars Kim Myung-min and Megan Fox. For your information, the three groups are under SM Entertainment, one of the biggest K-pop agencies.

Offline screenings are held at CGV Grand Indonesia in Central Jakarta and CGV Paris van Java in Bandung, and tickets are priced at IDR15,000 (US$1) each. If you’re not really feeling like going to the cinemas, you can opt for free online screenings on Vidio. A number of films are available in both screenings, though some others will only be screened in either of one, the schedule of which can be found here.

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