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Korean movies opening today 2011/11/24 in Korea

2011/11/24 Source

Korean movies opening today 2011/11/24 in Korea "SIU", "●REC", "Lovable" and "The Color of Pain".

"SIU" (2011)

Directed by Hwang Byung-gook

With Uhm Tae-woong, Joo Won, Jung Jin-young, Sung Dong-il, Lee Tae-im, Kim Jung-tae,...

Previously kwown as "Special Investigation Bureau".
With Uhm Tae-woong and Joo Won in the lead roles, two detectives solve a case involving mysterious deaths.

"●REC" (2009)

Directed by So Joon-moon

With Song Jae-ha, Jo Hye-hoon,...

Young-joon and Joon-seok decide to create a memory they never had in celebration of their 5th year. They go to a motel and record their precious memory in a camcorder. The night gets deeper and their love turns into something else...

A gay couple makes videos for themselves in celebration of their 5th anniversary. Looking back in the past, they both promise never changing love for each other. However, as time passes, it simply feels like today is going to be the last for them. The small motel room is soon filled with the memories and remorse they both shared. A short film by So Joon-moon from "Auld Lang Syne", It describes the parting of a homosexual couple through the medium of video. Shocking self-images, sexual scenes, and the performance of the actors add to the reality of the movie.

"Lovable" (2011)

Directed by Park Chul-soon

With Yoo Hae-jung, Kim Song-il, Joo Boo-jin, Kwon Oh-jin,...

9-year-old Da-seul, her uncle who waits tables at a nightclub, and her grandmother who works at a squid drying factory, live together in a small village overlooking the ocean. Although her grandmother and uncle think that she is merely a mentally challenged child, Da-seul has actually inherited a special talent for art along with her autism.

"The Color of Pain" (2010)

Directed by Lee Kang-hyun

An experimental documentary beginning from a cold chronicle that describes hygiene management in industrial sites in Korea, then suddenly jumping into sociology of leisure and hobby that represents today's thinking about labor. It is an adventurous work of the esthetic area quite new to Korean documentaries.
Industrial laborers suffer from an endless array of job related accidents. They get sick from working in mannequin factories, piano factories and stone quarries. However this obvious suffering is not as readily acknowledged as it should be by others. The only advice doctors who visit these work sites can offer to the workers is to refrain from drinking or smoking too much. Results show that their bodies are not in good condition, but the causes are unknown. Society seems content on attributing the blame for these workers' conditions on their own carelessness. The Color of Pain seeks to portray the suffering of these laborers by sharing scenes of them working and consulting with doctors, but it is not a documentary simply meant to inform people of the realities and problems of these industrial laborers. It actually tries to reveal a different side of the society and its system. Problems that are not limited within business units, but are spread out in the society. Disasters that exist, but are not admitted. Science flies over legal boundaries and the system of society defends it. The Color of Pain argues how you can't see the purple bruises. And it cries out for you to take a look at the system. However, the system couldn't be any weaker. A lone person takes care of it, as if it were a simple internet database. A broken hard disk is being recovered in a shabby room. The director seems to ask us why we can't break through this system. The Color of Pain breaks the tradition of independent documentaries in content and form. It is an outstanding film that has the capability to change our perception of reality. (Cho Young Kag)

* Excerpt from the 2011 Jeonju International Film Festival Program book

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