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Korean movies released today 2011/03/17 in Korea

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Korean movies released today in Korea "Hanji", "Dooman River", omnibus "Short! Short! Short! 2010", animation "The House - Animation", "A Confession" and "The Depths".

"Hanji" (2010)

Directed by Im Kwon-taek

With Kang Soo-yeon, Park Joong-hoon, Ye Ji-won, Han Soo-yeon, Im Seung-dae, Kwon Hyun-sang,...

Also known as "Scooping Up The Moonlight"
Synopsis
During the Japanese invasion of Korea, the records of Joseon dynasty were burned. This is the story of people who wanted to restore the record of the Jeonju accident, the only one that survived.


"End of Animal" (2010)

Directed by Jo Sung-hee

With Lee Min-ji, Park Hae-il, Yoo Seung-mok, Kim Young-ho-II, Park Se-jong-I,...

Synopsis
Maybe the most striking debut in Korean film history, this pocket-sized apocalypse shows the day when electricity disappears and the road becomes a dog-eat-dog world.

One of the most striking debuts in Korean film history, "End of Animal" conjures up an apocalypse whose implications are out of all proportion with the film's own scale. You could think of it as a broken-down road movie. Soon-Young is travelling by taxi to her mother's place in Taeryung when the driver picks up a second passenger who soon reveals that he has no money or plastic to pay his share of the fare. What the stranger does have, though, is uncanny insights into the minds of both Soon-Young and the driver (the latter's marriage has been in trouble since he was caught with an underage girl), and he goes on to predict that all electrical power will fail any moment now... which it does. The driver walks ahead to seek help, the stranger vanishes and Soon-Young is left alone. Before you know it, the road has become a dog-eat-dog world in which everyone has dark secrets and no-one can be trusted. Only the stranger seems to have Soon-Young's best interests at heart, but he's never in touch when she needs him. Jo Sung-hee's remarkable film reaches a heart of darkness that ordinary disaster movies cannot reach.

Tony Rayns


"Dooman River" (2009)

Directed by Zhang Lu

With Cui Jian, Jin Linl Li, Jin-Long Lin, Lan Yin,...

"Dooman River" is a coproduction between South Korea and France
Synopsis
Chang-ho lives on the China side, while Jeong-jin lives on the North Korea side. Because of the known reason, more and more North Korean refugees are trying to reach the outside world. Dooman River quite naturally, has become the first hurdle for the refugees to cross. Through an unexpected circumstances, Chang-ho and Jeong-jin met up, and have become good friends. Through the misunderstanding of each other, disbelief and vengeance, they have grown to appreciate friendship, sincerity and respect between each other. Dooman River has inherited a lot of pains and sacrifices, but the genuine relationship developed by Chang-ho and Jeong-jin has shed the light of hope for a better future.

Awards and Invitation
Paris Cinema (2010)
Singapore International Film Festival (2010)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (2010)
Berlin International Film Festival (2010) Youth Jury Generation 14plus

"Ryang-kang-do: Merry Christmas, North!" (2011)

Directed by Jeong Seong-san, Kim Seong-hoon-II

With Kim Hwan-young, Joo Hye-ri, Lee Choong-hoon, Yoo Yoon-sang, Sin Min-gyoo, Ryoo Jong-hwa,...

Synopsis
Ryang Kang Do, Sam Ji Yeon Gun, Bo Cheon Ri. In this village live poor Jong-soo and Jong-seong with their widowed mother. Jong-soo is fourth grade the Bocheon-bo In-min school and is very cheerful and adult-like. His dream is to go to Pyeongyang. However, despite his activeness, Jong-soo despairs at the fact that children with an unfavorable appearence like him can't enter Pyeongyang.

Having decided he will go to Pyeongyang, he strikes a bonanza. He picks up an ad balloon that came from Seoul to North Korea last Christmas. The children who saw Jong-soo's present go crazy at the santa outfit and robot, and pack a bunch of their stuff and all gather in Jong-soo's house. Even Jong-soo's brother Jong-seong who was in the hospital for malnutrition seems to be getting better with the appearence of the robot. The children who are wearing the santa outfit become a speciality. All the jealous children start begging their mothers for the same kind of robot...


"Short! Short! Short! 2010" (2010)

Directed by Han Jihyeh, Kim Tae-gon, Ko Dong-seon, Lee Kyoo-man

With Choo Ja-hyun, Kwak Min-suk, Lee Hyun-woo, Kim Deanna, Kim Tae-hoon,...

'The Famished' is directed by Lee Kyoo-man
'The Loneliness of Butcher Boy' is directed by Han Jihyeh
'Ten Million' is directed by Kim Tae-gon
Synopsis
It has been one hundred years since the first movie theatre was built in Korea. Today it is not just a place for the sake of art but a part of our daily lives. This is an omnibus film of three shorts, which the stories are involved with the 'special but friendly'space. The Famished is a sad fantasy of a man eating his memory for his hunger. Ten Million is a bloody thriller about living as a filmmaker in Korea, and The Loneliness of Butcher Boy is about the relationship between holiness and violation.


"The House - Animation" (2010)

Directed by Ban Joo-young, Lee Hyun-jin-IV, Lee Jae-ho-I, Park Eun-young-I, Park Mi-sun-I

With Kim Kkobbi, Ha Jae-sook, Choi Jeong-ho,...

Synopsis
The Korean Academy of Film Arts has produced an animation for 3 consecutive years through a collaborative project. Considering the severe reality of Korean animation in that it lacks an industrial infrastructure, "The House - Animation" demonstrates the possibilities of Korean animation and the efficiency of collective production. While comparing apartments in the downtown core to the shabby environment of a marginalized district, "The House - Animation" portrays the collapse of the spirits dwelling at the house. As such the adventure of Ga-young and the spirits in the house becomes a criticism of modern society: enlightenment via animation. Although this animation may not have the most delicate or original style, the 5 animators that worked on this film unleashed their imaginations, ultimately showcasing the power of a collective process and a pleasure of the collective imagination. (LEE Sang-yong)


"A Confession" (2010)

Directed by Park Su-min

With Kwon Hyeok-poong, Lee Joo-seung, Lee Hwa-si, Lee Dae-yeon,...

Synopsis
PARK Duk-joon is an old man living by himself. Every night, he suffers from insomnia attacks brought on by disturbing flashes from his dark past. He tries in vain to pray and find solace in religion. His only friend is Mrs. LEE, a church elder who gives him weekly church bulletins. Mrs. LEE invites him to a testimonial at her church. Duk-joon is surprised to see the face of the speaker. He is LIM Gwang-han, Duk-joon's former superior officer from his days as a police interrogator in the 80s. They meet for the first time in years, Gwang-han brings up Duk-joon's painful past again.


"The Depths" (2010)

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

With Kim Min-joon, Hoshi Ishida, Sohee Park, Choi Da-yeon,...

"The Depths" is a co-production between South Korea and Japan
Synopsis
A photographer and a call boy and their risky boundary.
Famous photographer Bae-hwan attends Gil-soo's wedding and congratulates him. However, the bride runs away and the wedding becomes a disaster. Bae-hwan decides to stay a few more days in Japan to comfort Gil-soo. One day while taking pictures instead of Gil-soo's wife, Bae-hwan is fascinated by a call boy Ryu, who comes to ask for his profile pictures to be taken. Bae-hwan offers him to follow him to Korea and tells him that he can become a great model. Ryu needed a way out of a murder case he was involved in without intention and follows Bae-hwan.

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