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

2013/12/07 | 924 views | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★ "The Secret Studio": Star-crossed lovers find each other again years later but don't recognise each other in their new roles. (12/11)

★★★★ "The Way Home": A woman gets deceived and caught with drugs in France and is sent to an island prison. Her husband then fights to bring her safely back home with him. (12/12)

★★★★ "Cats and Dogs": A cute love story of a young couple and the pets they each have that playfully mirror their own innocent ups and downs. (12/12)

★★★ "Campus S Couple": Campus romances, hook-ups, and crushes complicate life for a few young-blooded students. (12/12)

★★★★ "Over There": Zhang Lu's first documentary that sheds light on the lives of those living in the borderlands. (12/12)

Title: "The Secret Studio"   

Genre: Melodrama, Romance

Length: 68 min

Release Date: 2013/12/11

Director: Jin Dal-rae ("House With A Good View - Voyeuristic Desire")

Stars: Joo Hye-ri 

The Short and Sweet: Star-crossed lovers find each other again years later but don't recognise each other in their new roles.

This is the second feature from director Jin Dal-rae who came out with his first feature ("House With A Good View - Voyeuristic Desire") earlier this year. In "The Secret Studio", Jin once again indulges in melodramatic romance as two lovers, who were once forced to keep their relationship secret, cross paths once more later in life. This time they are not servant and maiden, but customer and gisaeng-and while they don't immediately recognise one another, the chemistry between them remains as reactive as ever.

★★★★

Title: "Way Back Home"      

Genre: Drama

Release Date: 2013/12/12

Director: Pang Eun-jin ("Suspect X"; "If You Were Me 4", "Princess Aurora")

Stars: Jeon Do-yeon, Go Soo, Kang Ji-woo, Choi Min-chul

The Short and Sweet: A woman gets deceived and caught with drugs in France and is sent to an island prison. Her husband then fights to bring her safely back home with him.

Based on a true story, "Way Back Home" tells of a woman (Jeon Do-yeon) who was deceived by her husband's friends and subsequently arrested for possession of drugs in Paris. After the betrayal, she gets moved to a local jail on an island while her husband (Go Soo) tirelessly tries to bring her home. This is the director/actresses fourth feature after seeing her last film ("Suspect X" starring Ryoo Seung-bum, Lee Yo-won, and Cho Jin-woong) attracted 1.5 million filmgoers late last year. Bang's other two films (which she also wrote the screenplays for) included a segment in the omnibus drama "If You Were Me 4" and the 2005 detective drama "Princess Aurora".

★★★★

Title: "Cats and Dogs"         

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Length: 105 min

Release Date: 2013/12/12

Director: Min Byeong-woo*

Screenplay: Min Byeong-woo

Stars: Son Min-ji, Shin Myeong-heun

The Short and Sweet: A cute love story of a young couple and the pets they each have that playfully mirror their own innocent ups and downs.

Shot entirely on Apple's iPhone 4S, "Cats and Dogs" is a cute romantic comedy about a young couple and their pets. This is director Min Byeong-woo's debut and looks to playfully capture young love and the pets they both care for.

★★★★

Title: "Campus S Couple"   

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy 

Length: 108 min

Release Date: 2013/12/12

Director: Song Chang-yong*

Stars: Choi Phillip, Moon Bo-ryung, Seo Min-seo, Park Ran, Han Kyung-suk

The Short and Sweet: Campus romances, hook-ups, and crushes complicate life for a few young-blooded students.

Another debut comes out this week as director/actor/producer Song Chang-yong's takes us on a romp around campus as young adults hook-up, confess, and try to figure out what love and romance has install for them.

★★★

Title: "Over There" (aka "Scenery")

Genre: Documentary

Length: 96 min

Release Date: 2013/12/12

Director: Zhang Lu ("Dooman River", "Iri", "Chongqing")

 

The Short and Sweet: Zhang Lu's first documentary that sheds light on the lives of those living in the borderlands.

"People exist as landscape to each other for much of their time. This coldness sometimes inspires you. The scenery is still the same, but the impression has changed slowly".

★★★★

Also Coming Soon:

"Aurora Vanishing Waves" (2012); "Nanga Parbat" (2010); "The Awakening" (2011); "Piatina Data" (2013); "The Way Of The Dragon" (1972); "Promised Land" (2012); "Get the Gringo" (2012); "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013); "Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 2 - Ghost Whisper (2013)

 

Sources:

AsianWiki: http://asianwiki.com/Campus_S_Couple

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

HanCinema: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_The_Secret_Studio.php; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Cats_and_Dogs.php; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Campus_S_Couple.php; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Over_There.php; http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Way_Back_Home.php

KOBIZ: http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20137526; http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/jsp/films/index/filmsView.jsp?movieCd=20130982

 

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

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