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"Glove" Reviewed in Los Angeles Times

2011/02/26 | Permalink | Source

As the subhead to Robert Abele's review of the Korean movie "GLove" in the Los Angeles Times states: "There's an undeniable Mudville joy and thrill-of-competition seriousness to director Woo-seok Kang's bright, crisp handling of this sentimental material".

Opening today at the CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles, "GLove" - starring Jung Jae-young - is a "heart-tugging, family-friendly Korean sports drama" about a disgraced major league player who coaches a struggling baseball team at a school for hearing-impaired kids. As can be imagined, it's a feel-good movie about the familiar topic of "baseball and redemption", as Abele points out.

The reviewer ends his article with: "….for the most part, "GLove", while overlong by a good half hour, has a sentimental professionalism and bracing humor, qualities that might make even the game's most hard-hearted adherents realize that occasionally, given the right circumstances, there can be crying in baseball".

Director Kang's credits include action and crime thrillers such as "Silmido"  and the "Public Enemy" franchise, and more recently "Moss", which also starred Jeong.

According to CJ Entertainment, "GLove" will also play on a number of AMC screens across the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, New York, San Jose and Seattle. It is also scheduled for theatrical release in Japan this summer, where the popularity of Korean players in professional Japanese baseball - sometimes referred to as the "Hallyu baseball boom" - is expected to provide an additional fan base for the film.

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