With the four major summer releases now out and only one of them even hinting at hitting the fabled ten million mark, speculation is already rampant as to which of the September releases have the best chance of turning into a sleeper hit. Much as with the summer films, there's a surprisingly great deal of genre variety.
First up is "Tazza: One-Eyed Jacks", the latest film in the gambling franchise started by "Tazza: The High Rollers". This time around the game of choice is poker. The movie marks the first lead appearance of Ryoo Seung-bum in a mainstream film since "Suspect X" back in 2012. It will open on September 11th in time for the Korean Thanksgiving holiday.
"Tazza: One-Eyed Jacks" will face competition in the form of "The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos"- an unusual title in the South Korean market, as it is explicitly based on the television drama "Bad Guys" which, while popularly acclaimed, also dates back to 2014. Interestingly, Ma Dong-seok is the main face of the marketing for the movie even though Kim Sang-joong actually played the lead character for the original drama version.
"By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" will open on September 19th. Highly scientific title notwithstanding the movie deals with a narcotics investigation centered around major nightclubs in Seoul. The movie is being marketed more on strength of concept than strength of cast, as it's headlined by performers like Park Hae-soo and Seo Ye-ji who are generally well-regarded but not major stars.
Lastly there is "Cheer Up Mister Lee", a comedy about a mentally challenged man trying to take care of his daughter. The movie comes from Lee Gye-byeok, the director of the surprise 2016 hit "Luck.Key", and stars Cha Seung-won in the leading role - his first major presence since "A Korean Odyssey" in 2017. "Cheer Up Mister Lee" does not yet have a release date although it finished filming nearly a year ago.
Written by William Schwartz
"By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture" is directed by Lee Seong-tae, and features Park Hae-soo, Seo Ye-ji, Kim Sang-ho, Kim Eung-soo, Byun Hee-bong, Kim Young-jae. Release date in Korea: 2019/09/19.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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