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Films to Catch During Chuseok

2007/09/20 Source

Chuseok Events at Lotte Cinema

Why not enjoy traditional Chuseok games at the theater? Lotte Cinema is offering moviegoers not only the latest films but also games in its multiplex theaters, Sept. 24-26.

Jegichagi is a simple game of kicking a jegi, a feathered ball, with your inner heal, keeping it in the air for as long as you can. Couples can participate in a jegichagi competition and win prizes at Lotte Cinema Avenuel near Myeong-dong.

Family and friends can enjoy a super sized board game of yutnori at Lotte Cinema theaters located near Kunkook University and Nowon on subway line 7.

Also, Lotte Cinema Nowon offers free gifts to children visiting the theater wearing hanbok or traditional Korean clothes during the Chuseok weekend. Seongnam, Guri and Byeongjeom chains will give out gifts to all guests wearing hanbok on a first-come first-serve basis.

For more information and ticket reservations, visit Open the link.


'a LOVE'

Heartthrob Joo Jin-mo ("200 Pounds Beauty", 2006) and the lovely Park Si-yeon ("The Fox Family", 2006) star as modern-day Romeo and Juliet in director Kwak Gyeong-taek's latest film

In-ho (Joo) is a tough teenager, who is trying hard to stay out of trouble, but he willingly sacrifices everything to protect his childhood girlfriend Mi-ju (Park). Years later, In-ho becomes a trusted secretary for a big-time executive, and Mi-ju appears before him as his boss' lover.

In-ho has held onto his unwavering love for Mi-ju throughout his prison term and long days of separation, and for Mi-ju, it has always been impossible to forget her beloved In-ho. But the more their love for each other deepens, the more difficult it becomes for the star-crossed lovers to be together.

As typical of director Kwak's other works, the film paints a stark urban portrait filled with human struggles that are far from romantic. "A Love" is a bit old-fashioned, with one-dimensional characters who are either purely good or evil. The romanticized love romanticized love between Mi-ju and In-ho is completely Shakespearean with a touch of "Carmen", which is bearable if you're in the mood for something sappy. Yet, Joo's frank portrayal of In-ho is a breath of fresh air for the film.

Just as superstar Jang Dong-gun managed to cast off his Greek god image through his thick-accented tough-guy role in Kwak's "Friend" (2001), Joo Jin-mo shows that he's more than just a pretty face. Joo carries out no-cut action sequences, but will melt the hearts of audiences with his devoted love.

Now showing at Megabox COEX; CGV Apgujeong; Lotte Cinema Konkuk Univ.,; Artreon Sinchon; CGV Daehakno; Primus Sillim.


`Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K'

Feeble thief Do-beom, timid Geun-yeong and unemployed Jong-man are broke and desperate. The three awkward men scheme to kidnap Mrs. Kwon Sun-bun or "Granny K", the rich owner of a big restaurant. But the old lady not only assists her kidnappers in getting her ransom money from her indifferent children, but raises the amount to 50 billion won.

Comedy guru Kim Sang-jin, director of hit comedies "Attack the Gas Station!" (1999) and "Kick the Moon" (2001), creates a comical energy like no other in "Mission Possible". Along with big laughs, the film offers loads of action complete with high-flying helicopters, fast trains and speeding cars.

Supporting actors from films like "The King and the Clown" (2006), "Public Enemy" (2002) and "Tazza: The High Rollers" (Tazza: The High Rollers") (2006) shine as the main cast. Veteran actress Na Moon-hee, who is enjoying a newfound peak in her career following a series of comical roles in TV dramas and sitcoms, dazzles the silver screen in her role as a wealthy but lonely mother trying to provoke the affection of her children.

This family comedy is in for lots of laughs but also sends out a message about family values.

Now showing at CGV Apgujeong, Gangbyeon, Guro, Yongsan, Myeong-dong; CINUS Myeongdong; Megabox COEX, Shinchon; Lotte Cinema Nowon.

`The Mafia, The Salesman'

Korea's favorite gangster comedy series is back with its third installment. Tough but good-hearted gangster Gye Du-sik has survived high school in "My Boss, My Hero" (2002) and made it through as a student teacher in its sequel "My Boss, My Teacher" (2006).

Actor Lee Sung-jae ("Public Enemy", 2002) replaces Jung Joon-ho in "The Mafia, The Salesman", where Du-sik trades in his guns for a white-collar position at a big-time corporation, to master the art of business management so he can better organize his mafia in the age of globalization. The slapstick traces the high-flying adventures of the gangster's corporate invasion and office romance, but is also packed with lots of action when troubles with opposing mafia forces ensue over labor union issues.

Now showing at CGV Guro, Yongsan; Primus Doksan.

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