By: Lewis O. Powell IV Staff Writer
September 19, 2013
There has been a certain synergy created here with the confluence of Georgia’s transformation into a film-making powerhouse and the many Korean companies setting up shop here.
Out of that synergy, the Atlanta Korean Film Festival was created last year, spotlighting some of the best of Korean film-making and culture. According to a press release, this festival is the largest showcase of Korean cinema in the United States.
This year, LaGrange will be one of the featured venues with a festival of Korean culture and a showing of the 2012 film, “The Thieves,” on Lafayette Square on Sunday.
The festival in LaGrange will begin at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting conducted by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce with the South Korean Consul General in attendance. The festival will commence with Korean music, traditional Korean foods, including bibimbap, kimbap and bulgogi, and a demonstration of the Korean martial art of Taekwondo.
An outdoor screening of the film, “The Thieves,” will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The festival will also include appearances by a handful of names from the world of Korean cinema including actors Ryu Seungyong, Ye Jiwon and Cho Yeojung. Director Kim Jiwoon, who made his American debut with this year’s Arnold Schwarzenegger film, “The Last Stand,” will also appear with producer Lee Jooik and music director Lee Dong Joon.
The film being shown, “The Thieves,” is the second highest grossing film in the history of Korean cinema. It concerns the theft of a large diamond from a well-guarded casino safe. Though, as is usually the case in films of this genre, things do not turn out as planned. Directed by Choi Dong-hoon, the film stars Kim Yoon-seok and Lee Jung-jae.
This event is hosted by the City of LaGrange and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta. Support is provided by Korean Air, KIA Motors, Comcast and Sewon America, among many others.