Korean Film Festival 2012 – Romantic Korea

A text from a friend came in and it went like this “Would you like to go with me and watch a Korean film”… “SURE, why not?!” Not knowing that there was such events held in Singapore, I did a quick search about Korean Film Festival and I’m surprised that this is already a 2nd year running and I’m glad to be part of it this year, all thanks to Michelle!! We’re going to watch Architecture 101, so see YOU if I do!

Embassy of Republic of Korea, Singapore Film Society and Luna Films presents the Korean Film Festival 2012 – an opportunity to watch the films that represent some of the best of Korean romantic dramas since KFF 2011. This year they are bringing in 4 films based on the theme “Romantic Korea”!

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1. Architecture 101 [건축학개론] (2012)

Architecture 101

Two students Seung-min (Lee Je-hoon) and Seo-yeon (Bae Suzy) who met at an an introductory architecture class and fall in love with each other and the story takes place 15 years later, after Yang Seo-yeon (Han Ga-in) tracks down, Lee Seung-min (Uhm Tae-woong), her first love to seek his help in building her dream house.

You might find familiar faces like Lee Je-hoon (Fashion King), pop star Bae Suzy (Miss A), Uhm Tae-woong (2D1N) and Han Ga-in (Witch Yoo-hee) in this movie which I know is an amazing cast! Check out AsianWiki for more facts about the movie.

2. Sunny [써니] (2011)

Sunny

Wikipedia: “Sunny is a South Korean film about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend’s dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between two timelines: the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school.” Read more about the film from AsianWiki.

3. Couples [커플즈] (2011)

[Image credit: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Couples.php]

A romantic comedy – Read more here.

4. My Secret Partner [완벽한 파트너] (2011)

[Image credit: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20112934]

AsianWiki: “Screen writer Joon-Suk (Kim Young-Ho) desperately needs new inspiration and prospective writer Yeon-Hee (Yoon Chae-Yi) is full of passion, but struggles because of lack of creativity. Cook researcher Hee-Sook (Kim Hye-Sun) is desperate to develop new cooking ideas. Her student Min-Soo (Kim San-Ho) is full of novel ideas. Beyond the relationship of teacher and student, 2 couples’ touch-and-go relationship continues … More

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Visit KOREANFILMFESTIVAL.LUNAFILMS.COM.SG for more details on the availability of shows!
Ps: I’ve just checked and some shows have already been SOLD OUT

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안을까 말까 (Should I Hug or Not)

두근거린 느낌 가슴 설렌 마음 이렇게 난 또 멍하게 바라만 봐
Dugeungeorin neukkim gaseum seollen maeum ireohge nan tto  meonghage baraman bwa
The thumping feeling, my heart quivering, I look at you blankly like this again

어제와 똑같이 널 바래다 주면 돌아선 네 모습에 몇 번이고 고민해
Eojewa ttokgatti neol baraeda jumyeon doraseon ne moseube myeot beonigo gominhae
If I walk you back to your house like yesterday, I keep thinking many times to myself looking at your turned back

자꾸만 뒤에서 너 널 바라만 봐 계속 나 난
Jakkuman dwieseo neo neol baraman bwa gyesok na nan
I keep watching you from the back , I keep doing it

너의 뒤에서면 난 용기 있는 멋진 남자
Neoui dwieseomyeon nan yonggi itneun meotjin namja
Behind you I am an amazing guy with courage

하지만 앞에선 나 난 쳐다보지도 못해 또 난
Hajiman appeseon na nan chyeodabojido mothae tto nan
However in front of you I can’t even look at you straight

이제는 걱정 말고 그냥 확
Ijeneun geokjeong malgo geunyang hwak!
Now without any worries I will just!

너의 뒤에 서서 망설여난 계속 이대로 안을까 말까 안을까 말까 널
Neoui dwie seoseo mangseoryeonan gyesok idaero aneulkka malkka aneulkka malkka neol
Standing behind you I keep hesitating Should I just hug you like this or not? Should I hug you or not?

오늘은 반드시 꼭 따뜻한 가슴에 난 너를 안을까 말까 안을까 말까 너무 망설여져 또
Oneureun bandeusi kkok ttatdeuthan gaseume nan neoreul aneulkka malkka aneulkka malkka neomu mangseoryeojyeo tto
This time I will make sure you will come into my warm embraceShould I just hug you like this or not? Should I hug you or not? I keep hesitating again

Yeah this is ma lady 보통 뒷모습이 아름다운 여자는 그리
Yeah this is ma lady bottong dwitmoseubi areumdaun yeojaneun geuri
Yeah this is ma lady They say that ladies with a beautiful back view

예쁘지 않다고 하던데 넌 어,어디서 봐도 너무나 예뻐
Yeppeuji anhdago hadeonde neon eo, eodiseo bwado neomuna yeppeo
Isn’t really pretty, but you, you are pretty in anywhere I lay my eyes on

안을까말까 고민하는사이 내 생각을 다 눈치챈듯이
Aneulkkamalkka gomunhaneunsai nae saenggageul da nunchichaendeusi
While I am considering if I should hug you or not, as if you know my thoughts already

어느새 저 멀리 가버린 그대 날 밀고 당기나요
Eoneusae jeo meolli gabeonrin geudae nal milgo dangginayo
You are already so far away from me, are you trying to play with me?

이런 나의 모습 실망하진 않을까 널 위한 거라고 변명이라도 할까
Ireon naui moseun silmanghajin anheulkka neol wihan garago byeonmyeongirado halkka
Will you be disappointed in me acting like this? Should I try to at least make an excuse that this you for you?

손잡을 때처럼 그냥 물어볼까 오늘도 수없이 내 머리가 복잡해
Sonjabeul ttaecheoreom geunyang moreobolkka oneuldo sueopsi nae meoriga bokjaphae
Like that time I first held your hand, should I just ask you? My mind is in chaos in so many ways once again

자꾸만 날 보면 방끗 미소를 띄우면 나는
Jakkuman nal bomyeon bangkkeut misoreul ttuireul ttuiumyeon naneun
If you keep showing off your smiley grin at me

준비한 말도 입에서 나오지가 않아
Junbihan maldo ibeseo naojiga anha
The words I prepared for you doesn’t even escape my lips

오늘도 이렇게 너를 뒤에서 바라보면 또 난
Oneuldo areohge neoreul dwieseo barabomyeon tto nan
Watching you from the back once again like today

오늘은 아무 생각 말고 그냥 확
Oneureun amu saenggak malgo geunyang hwak
Today without any worries I will just!

너의 뒤에 서서 망설여난 계속 이대로 안을까 말까 안을까 말까 널
Neoui dwie seoseo mangseoryeonan gyesok idaero aneulkka malkka aneulkka malkka neol
Standing behind you I keep hesitating Should I just hug you like this or not? Should I hug you or not?

오늘은 반드시 꼭 따뜻한 가슴에 난 너를 안을까 말까 안을까 말까 너무 망설여져 또
Oneureun bandeusi kkok ttatdeuthan gaseume nan neoreul aneulkka malkka aneulkka malkka neomu mangseoryeojyeo tto
This time I will make sure you will come into my warm embrace Should I just hug you like this or not? Should I hug you or not? I keep hesitating again

이런 고민하는 나도 참 행운이야 당신같은 여자와 함께 하니까
Ireon gominhaneun nado cham haenguniya dangsingatteun yeojawa hamkke hanikka
I am so blessed to have thoughts like this in the first place because I am with a girl like you

언제나 함께 할 순 없겠지만 지금 이순간은 행복하니까
Eonjena hamkke hal sun eoptgetjiman jigeum isonganeun haengbokhanikka
I might not be able to be with you all the time, but I am happy for this moment

You are ma lucky star 별들은 많잖아 그중에서도 좀 특별한
You are ma lucky star byeoldereun manjanha geujongeseodo jom teukbyeolhan
You are ma lucky star, there are a lot of stars but you are the special one out of there

뭐 말로 표현이 다 안되겠지만 girl thanks a lot
Mwo mallo pyohyeoni da andwigetjiman girl thanks a lot
I probably can’t explain anything with words, but girl thanks a lot

오늘도 이렇게 너의 앞에 서서 너를 안을까 말까 안을까 말까 널
Oneuldo ireohge neoui appe seoseo neoreul aneulkka malkka aneulkka malkka neol
Today, standing in front of you like this Should I just hug you like this or not? Should I hug you or not?

널 향한 마음을 꼭 보여줘 반드시 난 너를 안을까 말까 안을까 말까, 그냥 안아 버릴 래
Neol hyanghan maeumeul kkok boyeojwo bandeusi nan neoreul aneulkka malkka aneulkka malkka, geunyang ana beorillae
I will make sure that I show my heart towards you Should I just hug you like this or not? Should I hug you or not? I will just hug you

Lyrics translation credit: Whitetulipcorner

Guest Blog: Places #1

Hello,

Let me take you somewhere else.

I’ve just returned home after watching two films today. The thought of these led me to remember this one film — Chris Marker’s La Jetée. You can say it changed my life.

Made in 1962, it remains timeless. The story, the execution, the idea resonates with minimal, limited effects and timeframe. One of the best stories told in 27 minutes.

May

Dear Galileo (Thai movie)

I have been getting a lot of searches under this category, of Thai Music, Thai Movies and more importantly, this movie, Dear Galileo.

I have managed to find some links to watch them online (check out Lizchon’s youtube channel). Hope it works and enjoy the movie. I know how hard it is to find Thai films outside Thailand itself, but I make it a purpose to buy them whenever I can and I hope you can do the same too.

Please support original films! Without your support, they would not have enough funds and without funds, they cannot make good movies!

*Ps, the show is without english subtitles, but I am very sure based on the film itself, even without understanding their dialogue, you will enjoy it. But of course if you come across any sites with the english subtitles in it and is willing to share, LET ME KNOW! Thanks.

[Image via asianmediawiki.com / enjoythaimovies.com]

5th Singapore Short Film Festival

Yes it’s the time of the year, Singapore Short Film Festival and it’s the 5th running year. I have a few films that I am looking forward to. Actually too many to choose from, so  I am going to spend some time reading through each links on how/what the films are about.

For sure, S-Express THAI films are screaming out for my name! *eupheeeeeee* and the Singapore’s line up is also another choice of mine.

“Tribute to Alexis & Nika’ is a must watch for me. Upon reading news about what has happened to them from Wise Kawi, I am quite shocked. Though I have not seen films by him, which I would like to, seeing comments pouring in endlessly, I know he is definitely one great loss to the film industry.

Let me know if anyone is interested in going for S-Express: Thailand, S-Express: Singapore and Tribute to Alexis & Nika. I’d get tickets!

To download the full programme sheet, click here.
Prices are as follows and you can purchase the tickets from these places.

Ticketing Info:
Opening & Closing Nights:    $10 (conc.) / $12
All other screenings:               $5 (conc.) / $7
(conc. rates for students, NSFs, SFS Members and Friends of the Substation)

(1) The Substation Box Office
45 Armenian Street
Singapore 179936
Tel: 63377800/63377535

Open weekdays from 2pm to 8pm

(2) Cat Socrates
03-39B Bras Basah Complex
231 Bain Street Singapore 180231
Tel: 6333 0870

Open daily from 12noon to 8pm

Dear Galileo – New Thai Movie Released …

Anyone has any idea what movie is this? I saw the trailer and tried looking for it, but nothing came out. My alternative solution is only Golden Mile! Hahah! Or anyone who knows where I can watch Thai movies in Singapore at a not so ‘lap sup’ place, at least a place where I feel safe entering in the dark, heh!
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EDIT
Kob kun mak ka to WK of Wise Kwai for the information, so this film’s called Dear Galileo, and it’s same director who did ‘Seasons Change’ (I’m a huge fan of that show!!). I totally dig the start of the movie’s teaser, with the cute animation, a very different twist to this show. Well what more can I expect from a movie with 2 of my favourite country, Thailand and Europe!