Korean (and American-Korean) Movies Opening Today 2024/03/06 in Korea

Korean (and American-Korean) movies opening today 2024/03/06 in Korea: "Past Lives" and "Beat" (Re-release)


"Past Lives" (2023)

Directed by Celine Song

With Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Moon Seung-ah, Leem Seung-min, Choi Won-young,...

An American-Korean co-production
Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are separated from each other when Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, Hae Sung resolves to visit Nora for a few days in New York where she lives with her American husband Arthur. Facing each other like the phantoms of a life unlived, they confront notions of destiny, love and the choices that constitute a life.

Making her cinematic debut here with Past Lives is New York based playwright Celine Song. But nothing about this intensely resonant meditation on the trajectory of life would mark her as a newcomer. Drawing from personal experience, Song is guided by a precise vision of the story's conflicted emotional core. Thanks to this compass, she is able to draw a truth from every situation that is both visceral and universal and affects the audience in more ways than would the simple set-up of a love triangle. The questions explored by the filmmaker and her brilliant cast are broader: Does love shape our lives? What kinds of sacrifices are necessary to become the people we are? The echo triggered by these inquiries induces a real existential vertigo.

73rd Berlin International Film Festival

"Beat" (1997)

Directed by Kim Seong-su

With Jung Woo-sung, Ko So-young, Yu Oh-seong, Im Chang-jung, Sa Hyun-jin, Song Geum-sik,...

Original release date: 1997/05/03
This film is an action drama about people in their twenties; of their wandering, passions, and love. Min comes to a new school and meets Hwan-gyoo in the teacher's office. Hwan-gyoo tries to bully the newcorner but gets beaten and the become good friends because of this. Hwan-gyoo forces Min to go on a blind-date to meet Romey. Romey buys Min a pager and asks him to come to her immediately if she calls him. One day, Min sees his old-time friend Tae-soo and gets a motorcycle as a gift. Tae-soo is requested to kill someone, but he gets arrested and goes to jail. Min runs away from his school and home for he hates his Mom meeting a man after his Dad dies. Min plans to start a new life with his friend, Hwan-gyoo. More trouble comes when Romey uses Min to make her friends drop from the College Entrance competition...