Timings for the eight Korean films screening in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as part of K-Fest 2017.
Train to Busan (2016)
Director Yeon Sang-ho
Korea’s first zombie film achieved massive success across Asia when it was released last year, and has attracted critical acclaim internationally. Passengers on a train have a fight to survive as a viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency.
• Abu Dhabi: tomorrow, 8pm; Dubai: April 12, 8pm
Talking Architect (2012)
Director Jung Jae-eun
A documentary about Korea’s contemporary architecture and architects. It focuses on Chung Gu-yon (1943-2011), belonging to the second generation of contemporary architects in the country.
• Abu Dhabi: Thursday, 7pm; Dubai: not showing
Green Days: Dinosaur and I (2011)
Director Ahn Jae-hoon
Set in a 1970s rural town, this animated film is a nostalgic coming-of-age story about a high-school girl struggling to find meaning in her life, who learns to confront her biggest fears while falling in love for the first time.
• Abu Dhabi: not showing; Dubai: April 13, 7pm
The Age of Shadows (2016)
Director Kim Ji-won
At the end of the 1920s, a period of occupation by the Japanese, a Korean working in a Japanese police office is assigned to uncover a resistance group.
• Abu Dhabi: Thursday, 9pm; Dubai: April 13, 9pm
The World of Us (2016)
Director Yoon Ga-eun
Family drama telling the story of Sun, an outcast at school who, during the summer holidays, meets Jia, a newcomer to town. As Sun shows Jia around the neighbourhood and they play at each other’s houses and share secrets, they become best friends.
• Abu Dhabi: Friday, 7pm; Dubai: April 14, 7pm
The Throne (2015)
Director Lee Jun-ik
In the year 1762, crown prince Sado is accused of plotting treason against his father, King Yeongjo of the Joseon dynasty, who has ruled for 35 years. Yeongjo is faced with a dilemma as condemning his son would make him the father of a traitor, threatening his throne.
• Abu Dhabi: Friday, 9pm; Dubai: April 14, 9pm
Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016)
Director Lee Jun-ik
Biographical drama, set in the Japanese colonial era, about a young poet called Dong-ju, who writes about the harsh reality of his life. As Japan’s policies get more severe, writing in Korean is prohibited.
• Abu Dhabi: Saturday, 9pm Dubai: April 15, 9pm
Director Kim Seong-hun
A car dealer on his way home with a birthday cake for his daughter drives into a tunnel that collapses on him, trapping him in the debris.
• Abu Dhabi: Saturday, 7pm; Dubai: April 15, 7pm
• Films will be screened at Vox Cinemas, Yas Mall, in Abu Dhabi and Vox, Mall of the Emirates, in Dubai. All screenings are free but seats should be reserved in advance at www.k-filmfest.com