Montreal has a Korean film drought – without festivals we’d hardly see any at all

Kim Yun Seok, left, and Kang Dong Won in the Korean film The Priests. (CJ Entertainment)

Kim Yun Seok, left, and Kang Dong Won in the Korean film The Priests. (CJ Entertainment)

Montreal is a great city in many ways, though not so much when it comes to watching Korean films, in a cinema, where many of us stilll prefer to see them. Thank goodness, we can see some during film festivals, if they fit our schedules and they don’t sell out.

China Lion has been bringing us films from China on a regular basis (thank you very much!) and there is at least one Indian film, often several, being shown at Cineplex Odeon Forum each week. But good luck with Korean films. And Korean film fans are not limited to people with Korean roots, far from it. A quick Internet search will verify that.
Anyway, this post is prompted by the North American release of a Korean film called The Priests. Starting on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, it’s being shown in Toronto, Vancouver, and several U.S. cities, but it won’t be coming to Montreal. It sounds like it has a lot in common with The Exorcist, though set in a new century and a different city. That’s neither here nor there for me, I want to see it because I like the two main stars, Kang Dong Won and Kim Yun Seok.
I wrote more about The Priests at the Korea Canada blog, a blog about Korean culture.

Kang Dong Won and Kim Yun Seok last worked together in a fantasy-comedy called Woochi, which was shown here at Fantasia Film Festival in 2010. I reviewed Woochi for the (now defunct) Cine Files blog at the Montreal Gazette. My Woochi blog post lives on, though little cyberbots did scrub my name off it.

Meanwhile, here are some more photos from the film. The trailer, with English subtitles,  is at the end of this post.

Kang Dong Won,left, and Kim Yun Seok in the Korean film The Priests. What is that, under Kang Dong Won's nose? Not quite a milk moustache. . .is is part of the ritual to oust the demon? (CJ Entertainment photo)

Kang Dong Won,left, and Kim Yun Seok in the Korean film The Priests. What is that, under Kang Dong Won’s nose? Not quite a milk moustache. . .is is part of the ritual to oust the demon? (CJ Entertainment photo)

 

In a screen grab from an interview on Korean TV, actor Kang Dong Won talks about wearing a cassock, while praying the role of a seminary student, in the film The Priests.

In a screen grab from an interview on Korean TV, actor Kang Dong Won talks about wearing a cassock, while playing the role of a seminary student, in the film The Priests.

 

Actor Kang Dong Won and a cute little piglet take a break during the filming of the Korean movie The Priests. (CJ Entertainment photo)

Actor Kang Dong Won and a cute little piglet take a break during the filming of the Korean movie The Priests. (CJ Entertainment photo)

 

Question: Would you like to see more Korean films in Montreal? Let me know!

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