I CAN SPEAK (아이 캔 스피크)

Directed by: Kim Hyun-Seok 2017 | 119 min.

Section: Spotlight on Korea

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: South Korea

Languages: Korean, with English subtitles

Genres: Comedy, Drama, History


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Granny Na Ok-Boon (Na Moon-Hee, from hit Korean film MISS GRANNY) is a troublemaker. Known as the ‘goblin granny’ in her neighborhood market, she is the queen of civil complaints. Having filed more than 8,000 complaints in her day she makes the lives of her neighbors, and the civil servants down at city hall, quite miserable. But when she overhears the newest civil servant at the office, Park Min-Jae (Lee Je-Hoon, THE FRONT LINE, ARCHITECTURE 101), speaking English, she becomes set on a new mission. Get Min-Jae to teach her English at all costs.

Staunchly opposed to this idea, Min-Jae can’t understand why she is so insistent. But when a dark secret from Ok-Boon’s past comes to light, he quickly realizes that her purpose goes way beyond anything he or her neighbors could have imagined...Directed by Kim Hyun-Seok (CYRANO AGENCY), I CAN SPEAK brings together comedy and drama in a seamless narrative that will at once make you laugh, and bring tears to your eyes. A Fall hit in South Korea, this film is a must-see for Korean film fans at HIFF 2017.

-Anna Page


Synopsis written by: Anna Page


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Cast & Crew

Director Kim Hyun-Seok
Producer Lee Ha-young
Cast Lee Je-Hoon, Sang-Hee Lee, Moon-Hee Na, Sook Son, Hye-Ran Yum

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