The 36th annual Hawaii International Film Festival will kick off this Thursday with the Opening Night Film, “The Last Princess.” This is a South Korean film about princess Deok-hye of the Joseon Dynasty kept in isolation in Japan longs to return to Korea. The female lead for the film Ye-jin Son (“Alone in Love,” “Delicious Proposal,” “Summer Scent,” “The Pirates,” “The Tower,” “April Snow,” “A Moment to Remember,” and “The Art of Seduction”) was originally scheduled to attend HIFF, but can’t. Director Jin-ho Hur will be there thanks to the sponsorship by Big Island Candies and KBFD TV.
There are eight other South Korean films this year at HIFF: “The Age of Shadows,” “Fourth Place,” “Inside Men,” “Misbehavior,” “Queen of Walking,” “Seoul Station,” “Twenty Again,” and “Yourself and Yours.” “My Korean Teacher,” a Japanese film, stars Yesung of Super Junior making his film debut in a romantic comedy. HIFF has 177 films from 41 countries this year starting this Thursday and ending on the Nov. 13. HIFF is also on the Neighbor Islands, Kauai and Big Island from Nov. 17 to the 20. Info: www.hiff.org.
‘She Was Pretty’
Episodes 15 & 16 (FINAL)
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Sung-joon is shocked to find out that Shin-hyuk is the famous Ten. Shin-hyuk tells Sung-joon to write an article about him to get Most back to the top spot. Hye-jin finds out why Shin-hyuk told her it was a special day and goes to see him.
Today, 7:45 p.m.: Hye-jin joins a project with a group of writers. Sung-joon and Hye-jin keep their long distance relationship alive. To Hye-jin’s surprise, Sung-joon returns from the States sooner than expected. Sung-joon passes out wedding invitations to his employees.
Episodes 11 & 12
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Arsenic and a valuable necklace are found in Hae Soo’s room. Hae Soo is framed and arrested for an attempted assassination of a royal prince. Wang Wook searches high and low to find evidence to free her.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: King Wang Geon attends the joint meeting to convince everyone that he is healthy and still holds authority. Under Wang Yo and Park Young-kyu’s scheming, Woo Hee plans to assassinate the King. Hae Soo is cast away to work as a helper in the courtesan’s quarters. Wang So proposes to Hae Soo, as Wang Wook looks on.
‘Don’t Dare To Dream’
Episodes 15 & 16
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: After their kiss, Hwa-shin and Na-ri attraction for each other is awkwardly shown. Na-ri is engulfed in guilt over Hwa-shin and Jung-won. The three meet that night, filled with emotions…
Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Na-ri is confused and refuses Hwa-shin’s suggestion to date both of them. Na-ri is attracted to both Hwa-shin and Jung-won. Hwa-shin makes his case as a man when he comes back as an anchor.
‘Second To Last Love’
Episode 20 (final)
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Sang-shik proposes to Min-joo, but she’s hesitant to answer, which catches Sang-shik off guard. Mi-rye is bothered at Joon-woo’s suggestion to leave together. Mi-rye retreats when Joon-woo pursues her aggressively.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: It is the grand opening day of Chinese restaurant, Ga-Hwa-Man-Sa-Sung. Sook-nyo is upset that Sam-bong only looks after Sam-bong and Sam-shik. Sook-nyo gets ready to attend the celebration with Mi-soon. Hyun-ki is busy working and coldly receives Hae-ryung when she visits him.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.