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Korean movies released today in Korea

2011/02/17 | 889 views |  | Permalink | Source

Korean movies released today in Korea "Late Autumn - 2010", "Children...", "Late Blossom", "Re-encounter", "Super Monkey Returns" and "The Final Tundra - Movie"

"Late Autumn - 2010" (2010)

Directed by Kim Tae-yong

With Hyeon Bin, Tang Wei, Kim Joon-seong,...

Also known as "Manchu"
"Late Autumn" is a co-production between South Korea, Hong Kong, China and the United States
Synopsis
A woman imprisoned after killing her husband is allowed her release. On her way to Seattle, a man gets on the same bus. Introducing himself as a fellow Korean, he borrows the bus fare from her and leaves his watch behind. When the two meet again in Seattle, they feel an attachment to each other.
This is a remake of Korean film of the same title directed by Lee Man-hee-I. Starring Chinese actress Tang Wei and South Korean actor Hyeon Bin, this love story depicts people abandoned by society. Their story also reflects the current situation of minority groups in the United States. From among many beautifully composed scenes, the amusement park scene is truly amazing. When the two see a white couple talking each other, they dub over the conversation with their own story by watching the couple's lips. By doing this, the two organically reveal their own hurts. The scene gives the impression of a film within a film-a characteristic of director Kim Tae-yong. (LEE Sang-yong)

 

"Children..." (2011)

Directed by Lee Kyoo-man

With Park Yong-woo, Ryoo Seung-ryong, Seong Dong-il, Joo Jin-mo-I, Seong Ji-roo, Kim Yeo-jin,...

Synopsis
There were high expectations for the movie "Children..." even before it hit theaters. Although the cast of well-known actors like Park Yong-woo and Seong Dong-il has drawn attention to the film, it is the story's plot that has generated the most interest.

The film is based on a true yet unsolved murder case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children". In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents that they were going to hang out on a nearby mountain to catch frogs. They never came back.

In the movie, a TV producer, the devastated parents of the missing children, a professor and a detective all take different stances on the case and in the end one of the parents becomes a primary suspect. In reality, the case morphed into a national scandal.

Director Lee Kyoo-man, a rising star in the Korean film industry, is expected to present a compelling depiction of the case.

But just as the case hurt the parents in real life, the movie could touch off nerves - especially because the film depicts the parents as primary suspects in the case.

In style, "Children..." resembles the 2003 hit "Memories of the Murder", which was based on another unsolved mystery of a serial killing in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, in the early '90s.

Audiences familiar with the case may have a difficult time with the plot, which gives the story a fictional ending even though the case remains unsolved to this day.

 

"Late Blossom" (2010)

Directed by Choo Chang-min

With Lee Soon-jae, Yoon So-jeong, Song Jae-ho, Kim Soo-mi, Song Ji-hyo, Oh Dal-soo,...

Previously known as "I Love You - 2010" on HanCinema
Synopsis
This couple is…
Man-suk and Lee-pun meets in an alleyway on a warm snowy day.
It continues to become a love that brings out laughter just by thinking of the loved one.

and the other couple is…
Goon-bong loves the way wife Soon asks "What did you do today?" on his back. Goon-bong and Soon, who have loved only one person their whole lives.

 

"Re-encounter" (2010)

Directed by Min Yong-geun

With Yoo Da-in, Yoo Yeon-seok,...

Previously known "Hye-hwa, Child" on HanCinema
Synopsis
To recover memories from five years ago…
Can our story start again?
18 year-old Hye-hwa and Han-soo were lovers but as soon as Hye-hwa got pregnant Han-soo disappeared completely. Five years later, Han-soo suddenly appears in front of Hye-hwa and the two of them find out their baby is still alive. Hye-hwa doesn't believe Han-soo. However, after finding out her child had been adopted, she can't help but weaken.
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"Re-encounter" drew favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike when it was screened at film festivals last year.

At the 15th Pusan International Film Festival it won Best Director in the Korean Cinema Today: Vision section and at the 36th Seoul Independent Film Festival it won Best Picture, the Independent Star Award (actress) and the Kodak Award.

The film follows the story of Hye-hwa (Yoo Da-in) and Han-soo (Yoo Yeon-seok).

The two fall in love at 18, but when Hye-hwa reports she is pregnant Han-soo disappears to Canada.

Five years later, Han-soo shows up with the news that their child, who Hye-hwa was told died in childbirth, is alive and has been adopted.

Hye-hwa is struck upon learning the news, and she is forced to relive the pain of her past, but in the end she decides to search for her child.

Director Min Yong-geun, who also wrote the script, took a risk in deciding not to rely upon top stars to tell his story.

The actors' talents shine through and their performances were well-received by film critics.

The movie hits theaters on Feb. 17. The Korean title of the film, "Hye-hwa, Dong", is not related to the Hyehwa-dong neighborhood in central Seoul.

 

"Super Monkey Returns" (2010)

Directed by Sin Dong-yeop

With Kim Byeong-man, Han Min-gwan, Ryoo Dam, Min Ah-ryeong, Jeong Seung-won, Han Seong-yong,...

Synopsis
The Samzang Monk, Sonokong, and Jupalge have venture to India to save the the Buddist sanctum, an original ancient Chinese novel. Kim Byeong-man from "GAG Concert" will be playing Sonokong.

 

"The Final Tundra - Movie" (2010)

Directed by Jang Kyeong-soo, Kim Jong-il-I

With Ko Hyeon-jeong,...

Synopsis
A special documentary for SBS 20th anniversary, "The Final Tundra". Shown in theaters, it's a project that holds the life of reindeer nomads in the great nature of the Tundra area, on the very forefront of Siberia, the first land after that North Pole that doesn't easily allow human footsteps.

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