Saturday, October 30, 2010

Upcoming movies: November

    I know I should do many other things, but instead, I'm hanging around here and there, D-A is working again, so... In November we will (ekhem... Koreans will) get few new movies of every genre. A comedy, a thriller and drama. Two of them caught my eyes, No Doubt and Festival. The latter is actually a blind choice - because of Shin Hakyun in it. I miss him and Harvest Villa, although it had its funny moments, wasn't that funny at all. I saw the preview for it in some movie show, and except for some racy scenes, there is his face...
So, back to the movies...

No Doubts
돌이킬 수 없는
Directed by Park Soo-yeong 
Screenplay by Ahn Seung-hwan
Time: 90min
Genre: mystery, thriller
Release date in South Korea : 2010/11/04
Lee Jeongjin, Kim Taewu, Jeong Ingi, Kim Changsuk,
A family moves into the suburbs of Gyunggi-do. A while later a girl named Mi-rim goes missing and chaos takes over the village. Mi-rim’s father searches for his daughter and while visiting the police station he stumbles upon a criminal record from one of the family members that just moved. Mi-rim’s father and the villagers threaten and pacify Sejin and his family.
The film follows the genre conventions of a thriller yet it also contains people’s prejudices and oppression. Sejin’s past record as a convict rids him of his individuality and his sister is on the brink of losing her job as a kindergarten teacher. The film questions what is true violence. The result, violence does not just include person to person, but can be silent brought on by a community that leads to a sacrifice of an individual. Such is the typical mechanism, murdering individuality through the violence of a group.
(LEE Sang-yong on: No Doubt)
And this is exactly what interests me. Not a violence, but a mechanisms of the violence, the grudges and prejudices. Also, as the movie is only 90 minutes long, it will not be stuffed with useless scenes, because of  the lack of time. 


Late Autumn:
만추 - 晚秋 
Directed by Kim Tae-yong
Genre: melodrama, romance
Time: 115min
Release date in South Korea : 2010/11/25
Also known as "Manchu"
"Late Autumn" is a co-production between South Korea, Hong Kong, China and the United States
Cast: Hyun Bin, Tang Wei, Kim Junseong,
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 Manhee. Starring Chinese actress Tang Wei and South Korean actor Hyun 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 Taeyong.
(LEE Sang-yong in: Late Autumn)
 I couldn't find a trailer anywhere.

Directed by Kim Min-suk
Genre: action, comedy, fantasy, thriller
Time: 114min
Release date in South Korea : 2010/11/10
Also known as "Haunters"
Cast: Kang Dongwon, Ko Su, Jeong Eunchae
Kang Dong-won and Ko Soo star as men with supernatural powers who oppose each other.
OK, let's face it, kang Dongwon creeps me out. And I didn't like him in Secret Reunion. And I'm not sure of the reason why I hated his character. Was it because he was so cold and closed or because he failed to act. I don't know. 
But I perversively anticipate this one. Perhaps I'm into mind hokus-pokus? And my hidden Jedi powers will be awoken after this?... Ok, no coffee still...
Trailer (with subs)

Directed by Lee Hae-yeong
Genre: comedy, romantic comedy, romance
Time: 110min
Release date in South Korea : 2010/11/18
Cast: Shin Hakyun, Eom Jiwon, Shim Hyejin, Seong Dong-il, Ryu Seungbeom, Baek Jinhee,
A bright sexy comedy about a wholesome town and four mysterious couples and their sneaky lives. It is the new work of director Lee Hae-yeong, who secured a spot as a new director with the work "Like a Virgin".
 And the fragment of the article on this movie:
Now comes an "Oceans 11"-style film with an absurdly erotic twist: "Festival - 2010", opening in theaters on Nov. 18, has been heating up the Web even before the release of its official trailer when news broke that a batch of star actors will appear in the story about uncanny sexual encounters.
Sin Ha-gyoon breaks away from his serious roles as a police officer obsessed with organ size while Eom Ji-won casts off her innocent image in the role of his sexually frustrated girlfriend, and even 1990s screen beauty Shim Hye-jin is probing the curiosity of fans as a single woman boasting a secret fetish for leather corsets beneath her elegant "hanbok" (Korean traditional costume).
During a promotional event for the film Monday in Seoul, Sin said, "There were (dirty) lines in the script that were difficult to repeat" while Eom said it was mortifying to have to ride a giant vibrator in one scene. "I've always brought my son to watch my films but I think he'll stay home this time", said Seong Dong-il.

And I prefer this poster above^^

source of pics and info: Daum cafe, hancinema