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Tigers are Not Afraid

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Mexico|2017|83min |Asian Premiere |

Code Time Theater Rate GV Ticketing
302 7/15  12:00 Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F) 12
422 7/16  16:00 CGV Sopoong 5 12 GV
637 7/18  14:00 CGV Bucheon 6 12 EVENT
944 7/21  19:30 CGV Bucheon 4 12 GV
302 7/15  12:00Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F)
422 7/16  16:00CGV Sopoong 5
12  GV
637 7/18  14:00CGV Bucheon 6
944 7/21  19:30CGV Bucheon 4
12  GV

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In Mexico, life is grim: cities turned into ghost towns by drug wars. This dark tale follows a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels.

Program Note

Violence is rampant in Mexico City where the war on drugs has been waged. Shine is the leader of children who lost their parents from violent gangs and settled down in an abandoned building. He happens to get a gun belonged to a gang. When a 10-year old girl, Estella lied flat to avoid bullets in her classroom, she made wishes. Instead of her mother’s return, she encounters ghosts. She is petrified and joins the orphan group. As the gang tracks down the kids for the lost gun, they have to fight against vice, violence, and their innermost fears. The audience is quickly absorbed in the brilliant performance of children who remind us of City of God (2002). The film presents some magical moments through stunningly beautiful scenes when fish swim in the building’s floor and kids play soccer in a corridor. This is a painful story of a girl and children, combined with different elements of horror, magical fantasy, and social issues. The film won many awards from numerous festivals. Guillermo del Toro selected the film among his Top 10 films of 2017. We should pay attention to the future of director Issa López. (Ellen Y.D. KIM)


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As a writer, Issa López received the 2007 National Novel Award granted by Mexico’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has penned eleven features and directed four of her scripts: Side Effects (2006), Road to Fame (2008), Tigers Are Not Afraid and Todo Mal (2018). The film director, Guillermo del Toro also once expressed his interest in cooperating with her.


Marco Polo Constandse

Issa López

Juan Jose Saravia

Joaquim Martí Marques

Vince Pope

Production Design
Ana Solares

Paola Lara, Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes


Star Rating full_starfull_starfull_starfull_starempty_star  8.91