The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines partners with SM Cinema to showcase the annual Korean Film Festival with the theme ‘Strong Hearts’.

The Korean Film Festival will feature five blockbuster and critically acclaimed films with characters of strong personalities and those who pursue their goals and desires with courage and determination.

The Korean Film Festival is now showing for free admission at SM Lanang Premier Cinema 1 from September 15 to 18. The first leg of the festival started last September 8 – 11 at Sm City Clark in Pampanga and, after Davao, will continue on September 22 – 25 at SM City Iloilo, September 29 – October 1 at SM City Cebu and on October 6 – 9at SM City Dasmarinas in Cavite.

Other partners of the Film Fest includes the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Fil Cultural Exchange Program, the Korean Tourism Organization – Manila (KTO), and the Korea Copyright Commission.

1Ode to My Father

This South Korean drama gives a glimpse of Korean history and culture. It also depicts modern Korean history from 1950’s to the present day. This is seen through the life of an ordinary man as he experienced events such as the Hungnam evacuation of 1950 during the Korean War, the government decision to dispatch nurses and miners to Germany in the 1960s and the Vietnam War.

2The Beauty Inside

This light movie is a story about a furniture designer who wakes up in a different body every day, regardless of age, gender and nationality and how he could reunite with his special someone.

3How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

A partly rom-com and a partly satire of the Korean film industry. This wacky and charming tale follows and overworked woman’s attempt to improve her relationship with men.

4Confession of Murder

A crime and action film, which is about a man who confesses murders he committed by publishing a book and a detective who is searching for the author of the book.

5The Suspect

It is about a North Korean agent who tries to uncover the volatile secrets hidden inside the eyeglasses of a dead man after he’s betrayed and has escaped.


So prepare your popcorns and sodas because these movies are must-watch. For more information and queries, please contact the Korean Cultural Center at 555 1711 or email them at