By Lukas Schwarzacher
Hollywood kicked off its awards season with the Golden Globes on January 16 and is now headed to the Oscars on February 27. It's a time of red carpets, glamour, celebrities and a fevered pitch as movie fans and industry leaders alike speculate about the winners.
The Best Foreign Language Film category helps to promote international movies to hundreds of millions who tune in to watch the Academy Awards telecast every year, but – for the most part – they can be overshadowed by all the buzz about Hollywood stars and movies at this time of year.
Not necessarily so for fans of Korean movies. The CGV Cinema in Los Angeles' Korea Town will start showing "The Housemaid - 2010" on January 21. Directed by Im Sang-soo, the remake of the 1960 movie is a thriller and drama, and was at Cannes last year in the official selection and also at Toronto in September.
In reviewing "The Housemaid - 2010", Sheila OMalley wrote in Capital New York: "It is now 50 years later. Korea's film industry is once again dazzling viewers around the world, and in this current climate of excitement and anticipation, "The Housemaid - 1960" has been remade by acclaimed director Im Sang-soo".
And Movieline's Stephanie Zacharek leads off her review with: "Im Sang-soo's "The Housemaid - 2010" is a lush, chilly entertainment that's a little bit Hitchcock (in its wickedness and coolly composed visuals) and a little bit Sirk (in its numerous over-the-top flourishes, often involving disastrous household accidents)".
Trailers and full information on "The Housemaid - 2010" are available on distributor IFC Films' site.
Looking ahead to Spring, the recent Korean box office hit "The Last Godfather", directed by and starring Shim Hyung-rae, will be coming to the CGV Cinema on April 1. It's a comedy with Harvey Keitel playing an old New York mafia boss who tells his followers he has a child in Korea, Young-gu (a popular comic character Shim created in the late 1980s). The grown-up child comes to New York and should be trained as a real mafia, something that goes terribly wrong.
In the meanwhile, "Hello Ghost", a comedy-drama from director Kim Yeong-tak, will start at the CGV on February 4.
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