Wednesday, September 18, 2013

K-pop docu to be shown at Vancouver film festival

What's the real story behind the making of K-pop stars in South Korea?

A documentary film that chronicles the lives of the nine members of K-pop group Nine Muses will be shown at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 11.

"9 Muses of Star Empire," produced by Style Chosun and Minch & Films, shows "a year-long chronicle that follows a journey of an all girl Korean pop group '9 Muses' in a world of jealousy, betrayal, and scandal."

Nine Muses debuted in the K-pop scene in 2010 under Star Empire Entertainment. Its current members are Sera, Lee Sem, Hyuna, Euaerin, Eunji, Sungah, Kyungri, Minha and Hyemi.

Behind the perfect choreography, flawless makeup and glittery costumes that fans see is the hardships that the girls go through to become K-pop stars.

The 82-minute documentary is directed by HarkJoon Lee is part of the VIFF's Dragons & Tigers program that showcases films from East Asia.

Dragons & Tigers will feature 47 films consisting of 32 features and 15 shorts from the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

These are part of the 341 films submitted to the festival from 75 countries.
Besides "9 Muses of Star Empire," other features from South Korea in the Dragons & Tigers program are "Burn, Release, Explode, The Invincible," "Lebanon Emotion," "Boomerang Family," "New World," "Our Sunhi," and "Garibong."

Feature films from the Philippines that will be shown at the festival are "The Spider's Lair," "The Youngest" and "La ultima pelicula."

"Ilo Ilo," a film about a Singaporean family and their Filipino housekeeper, will also be screened at the festival. Theater and film actress Angeli Bayani plays the role of the maid Teresa.

The Dragons & Tigers Awards Gala will showcase "A Touch of Sin" from China and Japan.

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