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[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

2013/11/23 | 610 views | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★ "Tumbleweed": A social loner who does prison time for others finds new meaning in his life through a chance encounter. (11/28)

★★★★ "11 AM": A deep-sea laboratory tests its newly developed time machine, but the world of tomorrow is not as welcoming as its first pilots had hoped for. (11/28)

★★★ "Hello Orchestra": A documentary that follows violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill as he overcomes the stigma of having a multicultural background through music. (11/28)

★★★★"Lazy Hitchhikers' Tour de Europe": Could you travel around Europe by simply bartering your way around? These 'surplus people' show you how. (11/28)

★★★ "Beautiful Child": A story about a Korean missionary who charges through the rupture of natives and white people. (11/28)

Title: "Tumbleweed"

Genre: Drama

Length: 111 min

Release Date: 2013/11/28

Director: Lee Deok-hee-I*

Screenplay: Lee Deok-hee-I

Stars: Im Chang-jung, Ahn Nae-sang, Jung Sung-hwa, Son Eun-seo, Mr.Pang

The Short and Sweet: A social loner who does prison time for others finds new meaning in his life through a chance encounter.

Lee Deok-hee-I's makes his debut with "Tumbleweed", an intense action-drama that follows a social loner who finds new purpose through a serendipitous encounter. Chang-su (Im Chang-jung) has no family or friends to speak of, and offers his time to the rich as a 'substitute' prisoner. After three years in the hole he tries to return to his normal life of drinking and gambling, but when he encounters Mi-yeon (Son Eun-seo) in a spot of bother, he feels compelled to starting fighting for the chance to change. "Tumbleweed" looks intense and while the trailer shows many iconic (some might say cliché) moments, it looks to present a compelling mix of modern-day drama with an exciting thread of thriller, making this opening act definitely one keep on your radar.

★★★★

Title: "11 AM"

Genre: Science-Fiction, Thriller

Length: 99 min

Release Date: 2013/11/28

Director: Kim Hyun-seok ("Cyrano Agency", "Scout", "When Romance Meets Destiny")

Stars: Jung Jae-young, Choi Daniel, Kim Ok-bin

The Short and Sweet:  A deep-sea laboratory tests its newly developed time machine, but the world of tomorrow is not as welcoming as its first pilots had hoped for.   

There aren't too many sci-fi flicks in Korea's film archives, but that hasn't stopped Kim Hyun-seok from taking a stab at the "not-so-distant" future with "11 AM". In it, a deep-sea laboratory has developed a time machine and its ready for testing. The program's head researcher (Woo-seok played by Jung Jae-young) and Young-eun are ready to take it for a spin. Nothing too crazy, just the next day (11 AM to be precise), but what they find is a disturbing new microclimate clammy with conspiracy and has betrayal written all over it. I am always particularly interested when a Korean film dabbles in matters of the morrow, but the results have not always been as imaginative as one would hope. But here's hoping that "11 AM" catches fire and takes us there!

★★★★

Title: "Hello Orchestra"      

Genre: Documentary

Length: 85 min

Release Date: 2013/11/28

Director: Lee Cheol-ha ("Deserted House", "Love Me Not")

Stars: Richard Yongjae O'Neill

The Short and Sweet: A documentary that follows violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill as he overcomes the stigma of having a multicultural background through music.

"Music needs no words. It communicates for itself". The film is a story of a viola player, Richard Yongjae O'Neill, who overcame the discrimination he had experienced due to his multicultural background. Along with children from other multicultural families, they all learn to communicate through music".

★★★

Title: "Lazy Hitchhikers' Tour de Europe"           

Genre: Documentary

Length: 108 min

Release Date: 2013/11/28

Director: Lee Ho-jae-II

Stars: Lee Ho-jae-II

The Short and Sweet: Could you travel around Europe by simply bartering your way around? These 'surplus people' show you how.

"Four young men who call themselves 'the surplus people', leave to Europe without money to support themselves. They plan to travel the whole Europe in a year by making promotional video clips and bartering them for free accommodation. Would this simple plan work?"

★★★★


Title: "Beautiful Child"

Genre: Documentary

Length: 93 min

Release Date: 2013/11/28

Director: Lee Sung-soo*

Stars: Lee Sung-soo

The Short and Sweet: A story about a Korean missionary who charges through the rupture of natives and white people.

 ★★★

 

Also Coming Soon:

"Gen-X Cops" (1999); "Zombie Apocalypse" (2011); "There Be Dragons" (2011); "In The Mood For Love" (2000); "Chungking Express" (1994); "Mud" (2012); "The Magic Crystal" (2011); "Ashes of Time" (1994); "Riddick" (2013); "The Butler" (2013); "Karas: The Revelation" (2007); "Hal" (2013); "Every Blessed Day" (2012); "劇場版トリコ 美食神の超食宝" (2013); ; "Little Ghostly Adventures Of The Tofu Boy" (2011); "Combustion" (2013); "Badges of Fury" (2013); "Gambit" (2012); "Love Letter" (1995); "Restraint" (2008)

 

- C.J. Wheeler (chriscjw@gmail.com@KoreaOnTheCouch)

Sources:

AsianWiki: http://asianwiki.com/Tumbleweed_-_Korean_Movie; http://asianwiki.com/11:00_AM;

Daum: http://movie.daum.net/movieinfo/coming/movieInfoScheduled.do?modeType=day&order=recently 

HanCinema: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Beautiful_Child.php; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Hello_Orchestra-picture_365193.html?sort=Most_Popular_Pictures; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Tumbleweed.php; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_11_AM-picture_365216.html?sort=Most_Popular_Pictures; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Lazy_Hitchhikers___Tour_de_Europe.php

KOBIZ: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20132805; http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20110881; http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20124402; http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=2013280

 

 

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