Theatrical Releases in 2007
The Old Garden ["Orae-doen jeongwon"] Written and directed by Im Sang-soo. Based on a novel by Hwang Seok-young. In the months following the Kwangju Massacre, a socialist activist hides from the police in a remote home, together with a schoolteacher. Soon the two fall in love. Starring Ji Jin-hee, Yeom Jung-ah, Kim Yu-ri, Yun Hee-seok, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Lee Eun-seong, Park Hye-sook, Ban Hyo-jeong. Cinematography by Kim Woo-hyung. Produced by MBC Productions. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment. Sold internationally by Cineclick Asia. Rating: 12+. 112 min. January 4.
Digital Short Films By Three Filmmakers 2006 ["Dijiteol samin-samsaek 2006"] Directed by Darezhan Omirbaev [Kazakhstan], Eric Khoo [Singapore], Pen-ek Ratanaruang [Thailand]. Three 30-minute films commissioned by the Jeonju International Film Festival: Omirbaev's About Love, based on a short story of the same name by Chekhov about a teacher who falls in love with a married woman; Khoo's No Day Off, about an Indonesian woman who comes to work as a maid in Singapore; and Pen-ek's Twelve Twenty, based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Beauty and an Airplane" about a man who sits next to a beautiful woman on a 12 hour, 20 minute flight. Starring Ainur Turgambayeva, Kairat Machmetov, Syamsiah, Ananda Everingham, Khemapsorn Sirisukha. Cinematography by Boris Treshev, Jason Tan, Christopher Doyle and Rain Li. Produced and sold internationally by Jeonju International Film Festival. Rating: 12+. 107 min. January 4.
Operation Makeover ["Eonni-ga ganda"] Directed by Kim Chang-rae. Screenplay by Hwang Jo-yun, Kim Hyun-jin, Park Ye-jeong. A woman gets the opportunity to travel back in time to 1994 to re-engineer her love life. Starring Ko So-young, Jo An, Yu Geon, Lee Joong-moon, Lee Beom-soo, Oh Mi-hee, Ok Ji-young, Oh Dal-soo. Cinematography by Kim Young-no. Produced by Sio Film. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 112 min. January 4.
Herb ["Heobeu"] Directed by Heo In-mu. Screenplay by Heo In-mu, Lee Jae-yun, Kim Geun-cheol, Son Hyun-hui, Park Mi-young, Shin Yeon-ju, and Jeong Seo-won. A pretty 20-year old girl named Sang-eun has the mental and emotional skills of a seven-year old. She falls in love with a young policeman, but soon a cruel twist of fate causes her to confront tragedy for the first time. Starring Kang Hye-jung, Bae Jong-ok, Jeong Gyeong-ho, Lee Mi-young, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-yu, Lee Byung-hyun. Cinematography by Yoon Hong-shik. Produced and sold internationally by KM Culture. Distributed by Showbox. Rating: 12+. 113 min. January 11.
Robot Taekwon V ["Roboteu taekwon beui"] Directed by Kim Cheong-ki. Screenplay by Ji Sang-hak. A talented and benevolent scientist is developing a giant robot that can fight using taekwondo, but when an evil rival scientist strikes, the scientist's children are left to defend his creation. An animated classic from 1976 that was re-released after being digitally restored by the Korean Film Council. Produced by Yu Productions. Restoration produced by Shincine. Distributed by Cinema Service. Rating: General. 78 min. January 18.
Mapado 2: Back to the Island ["Mapado 2"] Directed by Lee Sang-hoon. Crooked cop Choong-soo sails for Dongbaek Island in search of the first love of an aged millionaire, however a shipwreck strands him once again on Mapado with the five abusive old women. Starring Lee Moon-shik, Yeo Woon-gye, Kim Ji-young, Kim Eul-dong, Kim Hyeong-ja, Kim Hae-yeon, Lee Gyu-hwan, Kim Soo-mi (cameo). Cinematography by Jang Seong-baek. Produced by Corea Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 111 min. January 18.
Yobi the Five-Tailed Fox ["Cheonnyeon-yeou yeoubi"] Directed by Lee Sung-gang. Animated film about a mythical creature going through adolescence who finds herself falling in love with a human boy. Starring the voices of Son Ye-jin, Ryu Deok-hwan, Gong Hyung-jin, Lee Jong-gu, Lee Hyang-sook, Kim So-hyung, Choi Mun-ja, Chae Ui-jin, Seo Yun-seok. Produced by Sunwoo Entertainment and Yellow Film. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: general. 85 min. January 25.
Girl by Girl ["Sonyeo x sonyeo"] Directed by Park Dong-hoon. Screenplay by Jeon Won, Lee Seung-young, Park Dong-hoon. A bookish ace student and a notorious troublemaker fall in love with the same guy. The troublemaker lies to the ace student, claiming that the guy prefers wild girls, and both girls try to transform themselves to suit his tastes. Starring Kwak Ji-min, Im Seong-eon. Cinematography by Lee Kang-min. Produced by Channel CGV, ChungAng University. Distributed by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 80 min. January 25.
Before the Summer Passes Away ["Yeoreumi gagi-jeone"] Written and directed by Sung Ji-hae. So-yeon, a Korean woman studying in France, is home for the summer, and she finds herself juggling two men: a devoted boyfriend, and a somewhat callous former lover. Starring Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Hyun-woo, Kwon Min, Bang Eun-hee (cameo), Choi Ji-hang, Kim Ye-ryeong. Cinematography by Je Chang-gyu. Produced by M&FC. Distributed by Emotion Pictures. Sold internationally by Film Messenger. Rating: 15+. 78 min. January 25.
The Perfect Couple ["Choigang romaenseu"] Directed by Kim Jeong-woo. Screenplay by Lee Jeong-seop. A tough reporter and a detective keep running into each other in the most awkward situations, but soon they start falling in love. Starring Hyun Young, Lee Dong-wook, Lee Jeong-heon, Jeon Su-kyung, Jeong Jae-jin, Kim Jae-man, Kim Seung-min, Jang Hyun-sung (cameo). Cinematography by Yun Myeong-shik. Produced by The Dream & Pictures, DRM Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 109 min. January 25.
Voice of a Murderer ["Geu nom moksori"] Written and directed by Park Jin-pyo. Based on the true story of a popular news anchor whose son is kidnapped. For more than a month following the kidnapping, the family is tormented by phone calls from the kidnapper. Starring Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Nam-joo, Gang Dong-won, Kim Young-cheol, Song Young-chang, Goh Su-hee, Kim Kwang-gyu, Na Moon-hee (cameo), Yun Jae-moon (cameo). Cinematography by Kim Woo-hyung. Produced by Zip Cinema. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 122 min. February 1.
A Day for an Affair ["Baram-pigi joheun nal"] Written and directed by Jang Moon-il. Two frustrated housewives decide to set off on extramarital affairs, but the experience proves more adventurous than they expect. Starring Kim Hye-soo, Yun Jin-seo, Lee Jong-hyuk, Lee Min-gi, Park Sang-myun, Park Hyuk-kwon, Hwang Jeong-min, Jeong Eun-pyo (cameo), Oh Yoon-hong (cameo). Cinematography by Kim Young-ho. Produced by iFilm. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by iHQ. Rating: 18+. 103 min. February 8.
Master Kims ["Kim-gwanjang dae Kim-gwanjang dae Kim-gwanjang"] Written and directed by Park Seong-gyun. In a small town, a man named Kim with a taekkyun studio and another man named Kim with a kendo studio compete for students. One day, yet another man named Kim moves into town and sets up a kung fu studio, but his prodigious talents threaten to bankrupt the other two. Starring Shin Hyun-joon, Choi Seong-guk, Kwon Oh-joong, Oh Seung-hyun, No Ju-hyun, Kwon Oh-min, Lee Han-wi, Park Cheol-min, Kim Byeong-man, Tak Jae-hoon (cameo). Cinematography by Seo Geun-hee. Produced by Taewon Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 97 min. February 8.
Miracle on 1st Street ["1beonga-ui gijeok"] Directed by Yun Je-gyun. Screenplay by Yu Seong-hyeop. A gangster with a chip on his shoulder is sent to a poor neighborhood to evict all the residents, so that a high rise apartment can be built. Soon he starts to befriend some of the kids who live there, however. Starring Im Chang-jung, Ha Ji-won, Ju Hyun, Jeong Du-hong, Lee Hoon, Kang Ye-won, Park Chang-ik, Park Yu-seon. Cinematography by Kim Young-cheol. Produced by Doosaboo Film. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 113 min. February 14.
Highway Star ["Bongmyeon-dalho"] Directed by Kim Sang-chan and Kim Hyun-soo. Screenplay by Seon Seung-yeon, Yun Sun-yong, Kim Sang-chan. An aspiring rock singer is duped into signing a contract with a company that specializes in "trot" music -- a music genre targeted at older fans and sounding something like a cross between American country & western music and the polka. Starring Cha Tae-hyun, Im Chae-mu, Lee So-yeon, Jeong Seok-yong, Lee Byeong-joon, Seon Woo. Cinematography by Yun Hong-shik. Produced, distributed and sold internationally by Studio 2.0. Rating: 12+. 114 min. February 14.
Pruning the Grapevine ["Podonamu-reul be-eora"] Directed by Min Boung-hun. Screenplay by Min Boung-hun and Yu Dong-shik. A seminary student studying to become a Catholic priest finds his commitment wavering after he breaks up with his girlfriend. Starring Seo Jang-won, Lee Min-jeong, Ki Joo-bong, Lee Nam-hee, Lee Ho-young, Seong Jun-seo, Jeong Seok-yong, Hong Dae-seong. Cinematography by Kim Hyeong-ju. Produced by Cine Space. Distributed by CJ Entertainment. Sold internationally by Film Messenger. Rating: 12+. 117 min. February 22.
Hotel M: Gangster's Last Draw ["Magang-hotel"] Directed by Choi Seong-cheol. Screenplay by Lee Hyun-cheol, Lee Mi-jeong. Two rival gangs decide to send two men each to a rural hotel to force the owners to repay their debts, but they underestimate the will and resourcefulness of the hotel staff. Starring Kim Seok-hoon, Kim Seong-eun, Jo Sang-ki, Park Hee-jin, Baek Il-seop, Woo Hyun, Kim Roi-ha, Lee Do-kyung. Cinematography by Kwak Young-min. Produced by Mine Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 98 min. February 22.
Skeletons in the Closet ["Johji-anihan-ga"] Directed by Jeong Yun-cheol. Screenplay by Yu Gap-yeol. An estranged family of five, dealing with enough problems as it is, faces a crisis when a scandalous video file hits the internet. Starring Cheon Ho-jin, Kim Hye-soo, Hwang Bo-ra, Yu Ah-in, Park Hae-il, Moon Hee-kyung, Jeong Yu-mi, Lee Gi-woo. Cinematography by Choi Yun-man. Produced by Musai Film. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 114 min. February 28.
Big Bang ["Ssonda"] Written and directed by Park Jeong-woo. A reserved salaryman cracks one day after being left by his wife and fired from his job. He ends up teaming up with a street thug on a rampage throughout Seoul. Starring Karm Woo-sung, Kim Soo-ro, Kang Sung-jin, Jang Hang-seon, Moon Jeong-hee, Lee Jeong-heon, Kim Young-wook, Kim Hyuk. Cinematography by Choi Chan-min. Produced by Sio Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 118 min. March 14.
Soo ["Su"] Directed by Choi Yang-il (Sai Yoichi). Screenplay by Lee Seung-hwan, Lee Joon-il, Choi Yang-il. On a quest for revenge, a man decides to assume the life of his twin brother and become a policeman. However his brother's former girlfriend immediately suspects that something is wrong. Starring Ji Jin-hee, Kang Seong-yeon, Moon Seong-geun, Lee Ki-young, Oh Man-seok, Jo Gyeong-hwan. Cinematography by Kim Seong-bok. Produced by Triz Club. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by Cinema Service. Rating: 18+. 122 min. March 22.
Mug Travel ["Bbaekkom-ui meogeu-jan yeohaeng"] Written and directed by Lim Aaron. Animated film about a little girl Bebe who, one Christmas eve, is carried off on a fantastic adventure in a magical mug. She is joined on her travels by a polar bear named Backkom, a penguin named Konkongee, a lizard, and an annoying fox. Produced by RG Animation Studios. Distributed by RG Animation Studios and CJ-CGV. Sold internationally by Synergy Media. Rating: General. 76 min. March 22.
Cheaters ["Nae yeoja-ui namja-chingu"] Directed by Park Seong-beom. Screenplay by Park Seong-beom, Park Seong-hyun. Six men and women, some married, some not, maintain an intricate web of sexual relations, without any of them realizing how far it extends. Starring Choi Won-young, Goh Da-mi, Lee Jeong-woo, Kim Pu-reun, Goh Hye-seong, Kim Young-ae. Cinematography by Im Se-han. Produced by Sanha Film. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by Cineclick Asia. Rating: 18+. 102 min. March 22.
Beautiful Sunday ["Byutipul seondei"] Directed by Jin Gwang-gyo. Screenplay by Jin Gwang-gyo, Kim Kwon-tae. A veteran police detective resorts to illegal activities to pay the medical expenses of his wife, who is in a coma after an accident. One day he comes across a man who seems to be involved in a rape case. Starring Park Yong-woo, Namgung Min, Min Ji-hye, Park Byeong-eun, Lee Ki-young, Oh Jeong-se, Kim Dong-ha, Kim Byeong-ok. Cinematography by Lee Ki-won. Produced by Cineline Innet. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 18+. 117 min. March 29.
Small Town Rivals ["Yijang-gwa gunsu"] Written and directed by Jang Gyu-seong. The unambitious Choon-sam is persuaded to take up the post of village chief by his townspeople. However when his old schoolmate Dae-gyu is elected county magistrate, age-old rivalries once again simmer to the fore. Starring Cha Seung-won, Yu Hae-jin, Byun Hee-bong, Choi Jeong-won, Bae Il-jip, Nam Il-woo, Jeon Won-ju, Kim Eung-su. Cinematography by Kim Yoon-su. Produced by Sidus FNH. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 113 min. March 29.
Our School ["Uri-hakkyo"] Directed by Kim Myeong-jun. A documentary by Kim Myung-jun about one year in the life of third and fourth-generation Korean-Japanese students studying in a Chosen (North Korea-oriented) school. The film focuses primarily on their everyday lives in an effort to show what it is like to live in Japan as an ethnic Korean. Edited by Kim Myeong-jun and Park So-hyun. Produced by Studio Nurinbo. Distributed by Jinjin Pictures. Rating: General. 131 min. March 29.
The Show Must Go On ["Uahan segye"] Written and directed by Han Jae-rim. In-gu, who heads a small group of gangsters, struggles to support his family and deal with various power struggles among his rivals. Starring Song Kang-ho, Park Ji-young, Oh Dal-soo, Yun Jae-moon, Kim So-eun, Choi Il-hwa. Cinematography by Park Yong-soo. Produced by Lucy Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Lotte Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 112 min. April 5.
Beyond the Years ["Cheon-nyeon-hak"] Directed by Im Kwon-taek. Screenplay by Lee Cheong-jun. A continuation of the story set out in Im's 1993 film Sopyonje, where Dong-ho continues to be haunted by his past and his relationship with his adopted sister Song-hwa. Starring Jo Jae-hyun, Oh Jeong-hae, Im Jin-taek, Yu Seung-ryong, Jang Min-ho, Oh Seung-eun, An Byeong-gyeong, Hwang Si-on, Yun Jae-won. Cinematography by Jung Il-sung. Produced by Kino 2. Distributed by Prime Entertainment. Sold internationally by Wild Bunch. Rating: 12+. 106 min. April 12.
Paradise Murdered ["Geungnakdo sarin-sageon"] Written and directed by Kim Han-min. A doctor and his young assistant come to a remote island to practice medicine, but they soon get caught up in a string of murders. Starring Park Hae-il, Park Sol-mi, Sung Ji-ryu, Park Won-sang, Choi Ju-bong, Kim In-moon, An Nae-sang, Yu Hye-jeong, Park Gil-soo. Cinematography by Kim Yong-heung. Produced by Doo Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by MK Pictures. Rating: 15+. 112 min. April 12.
Meet Mr. Daddy ["Nunbyshin nare"] Directed by Park Kwang-su. Screenplay by Park Kwang-su, Park Chae-woon. A man with a history of various crimes learns that he has a 7-year old daughter, and he reluctantly agrees to look after her for a short time. Starring Park Shin-yang, Seo Shin-ae, Yeh Ji-won, Ryu Seung-soo, Lee Gyeong-young, Lee Jeong-seop, Jeon Dae-byeong. Cinematography by Kim Byeong-seo. Produced by iFilm. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by iHQ. Rating: 15+. 113 min. April 19.
My Tutor Friend 2 ["Donggapnaegi gwaoehagi leseun II"] Directed by Ji Gil-woong, Kim Ho-jeong. Screenplay by Choi Won, In Eun-ah, Jo Joong-hoon. An exchange student from Japan named Junko comes to live in a Korean guest house, and ends up taking the room of the owner's son. What's more, the son is forced to tutor her in Korean. Starring Lee Cheong-ah, Park Ki-woong, Lee Young-ha, Choi Il-hwa, Jo Dal-hwan, Yun Young-sam, Jang Young-ran, Yang Jin-woo. Cinematography by Ji Gil-woong. Produced by Prime Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 125 min. April 19.
An Elephant on the Bike ["Paran jajeongeo"] Written and directed by Kwon Yong-guk. A man who lives with a physical deformity in his arm struggles with a romantic relationship in the face of opposition from the woman's parents. Starring Yang Jin-woo, Kim Jeong-hwa, Oh Gwang-rok, Park Hyo-joo. Cinematography by Kim Hong-min. Produced, distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: General. 97 min. April 19.
Breath ["Sum"] Written and directed by Kim Ki-duk. A married woman dealing with her husband's infidelity begins to take an interest in a death row prisoner, visiting him in jail and performing songs for him. Starring Chang Chen, Zia, Ha Jeong-woo, Gang In-hyeong, Kim Ki-duk. Cinematography by Seong Jong-mu. Produced by Kim Ki-duk Films. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by Cineclick Asia. Rating: 15+. 84 min. April 26.
Driving With My Wife's Lover ["Anae-ui aein-eul mannada"] Directed by Kim Tae-shik. Screenplay by Kim Jeon-han and Kim Tae-shik. A man who has discovered his wife's infidelity asks his wife's lover, who is a taxi driver, to take him on an extended trip, without telling him who he is. Starring Park Gwang-jeong, Jeong Bo-seok, Jo Eun-ji, Kim Seong-mi, Oh Dal-soo, Yu Yeon-su. Cinematography by Jang Seon-bong. Produced by Film Line. Distributed by CJ Entertainment. Sold internationally by Mirovision. Rating: 18+. 92 min. April 26.
Bunt ["Narara Heo Dong-gu"] Written and directed by Park Kyu-tae. A father hopes against the odds to have his mentally retarded boy Dong-gu graduate from elementary school, but school officials are pushing him to transfer to a special school for disabled children. Hope comes when the school baseball team, which is desperate for players, lets Dong-gu sign up. Starring Jeong Jin-young, Choi Woo-hyuk, Kwon Oh-joong, Yun Chan, Shin Jeong-geun. Cinematography by Park Hee-ju. Produced by Tiger Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: General. 96 min. April 26.
My Son ["Adeul"] Written and directed by Jang Jin. A man serving a jail sentence for murder is allowed to leave prison for one day to visit his 18-year old son, who he has not seen since he was an infant. Starring Cha Seung-won, Ryu Deok-hwan, Kim Ji-young, Lee Sang-hoon, Lee Han-wi, Lee Moon-soo, Jang Young-nam, Uri. Cinematography by Choi Sang-ho. Produced by KnJ Entertainment and Film It Suda. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: General. 103 min. May 1.
Mr. Lee vs. Mr. Lee ["Yidae-geun, Yidaeg-eun"] Written and directed by Shim Kwang-jin. An old widower is planning a family reunion on the anniversary of his wife's death, but his family is faced by an unexpected series of obstacles. Starring Lee Dae-geun, Lee Doo-il, Jeong Gyeong-soon, Park Won-sang, Park Cheol-min, An Seon-young. Cinematography by Yu Jae-eung. Produced by Yoon & Joon Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: General. 96 min. May 1.
Unstoppable Marriage ["Mot mallineun gyeolhon"] Directed by Kim Seong-wook. Screenplay by Kim Young-chan, Kang Su-jin, Yu Nam-gyeong. An arrogant young plastic surgeon from a rich family and a middle-class woman from a traditional family fall in love, but their two families seem so incompatible that they are thrown into a crisis. Starring Kim Soo-mi, Im Chae-mu, Yu Jin, Ha Seok-jin, Yun Da-hoon, An Young-hong. Cinematography by Lee Ki-won. Produced by Culture Cap Media, M Net Media. Distributed and sold internationally by Lotte Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 115 min. May 10.
The Railroad ["Gyeongui-seon"] Written and directed by Park Heung-shik. A subway driver experiences a traumatic accident, while a university lecturer having an affair with one of her colleagues also undergoes a personal tragedy. One night these two people find themselves stranded together at the end of the railway line. Starring Kim Kang-woo, Son Tae-young, Baek Jong-hak, Oh Jeong-se. Cinematography by Park Ki-woong. Produced by Min Film Co. and KM Culture. Distributed by Showbox. Sold internationally by KM Culture. Rating: 15+. 107 min. May 10.
A Shark ["Sangeo"] Written and directed by Kim Dong-hyun. The lives of four people intersect on a hot summer day in Daegu. A fisherman brings a small white shark into the city to show his friend, who is gambling and never shows up. Meanwhile a man just released from prison meets the fisherman and the two are pursued by a mentally imbalanced woman. Starring Gu Seong-hwan, Hong Seung-il, Hong Gi-jun, Kim Mi-ya, Park Yu-mil, Heo Dae-wook. Cinematography by Goh Jeong-ho. Produced by Kim Dong Hyun Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Indiestory. Rating: 15+. 108 min. May 10.
Texture of Skin ["Salgyeol"] Written and directed by Lee Sung-gang. A single man re-starts a sexual relationship with an old girlfriend who is now married, but at the same time he starts having strange visions of a mysterious woman who used to live in his apartment. Starring Kim Yoon-tae, Kim Ju-ryeong, Choi Bo-young, Song Ui-dong, Choi Myeong-su, Lee Dae-yeon, Myung Kay-nam. Cinematography by Jo Yong-gyu. Produced by Sodom Productions and East Film. Distributed by Indiestory. Sold internationally by Mirovision. Rating: 18+. 95 min. May 10.
Boys of Tomorrow ["Uri-ege naeileun eopta"] Written and directed by Noh Dong-seok. Jong-dae, with no hope in life, dreams only of getting his hands on a real gun. Eventually he takes up work with an organized criminal. Meanwhile Ki-su works long hours as a designated driver, hoping to somehow earn a proper living. Starring Yu Ah-in, Kim Byeong-seok, Choi Jae-seong, Park Myeong-shin, Lee Dong-ho, Kim Joon-gi, Kang Cho-rong, Choi Sung-jin. Cinematography by Jo Sang-yoon. Produced by Generation Blue Films. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by Film Messenger. Rating: 15+. 93 min. May 17.
Sorrow Even Up in Heaven ["Jeo haneul-edo seulpeumi"] Written and directed by Han Myeong-gu. Remake of the 1960s Korean film of the same name in which a father's gambling habit leads the mother to run away, leaving the father and his children to try to put their lives back together. Starring Kim Yu-na, Park So-young, Park Sun-cheon, Yun Cheol-hyeong, Kim Hyeong-il, Jeon Won-ju, Ryu Mi-o, Baek Il-seop. Cinematography by Ham Nam-seop. Produced by Injung Cinema. Rating: General. 89 min. May 17.
Secret Sunshine ["Milyang"] Written and directed by Lee Chang-dong. A woman and her young son move from Seoul to the provincial city of Milyang after a domestic tragedy. As they are getting used to their new lives, tragedy strikes again. Starring Jeon Do-yeon, Song Kang-ho, Jo Young-jin, Kim Young-jae, Seon Jeong-yeop, Song Mi-rim, Kim Mi-hyang, Lee Yun-hee. Cinematography by Jo Young-gyu. Produced by Fine House Film. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 142 min. May 23.
The Evil Twin ["Jeonseol-ui gohyang"] Written and directed by Kim Ji-hwan. A man falls in love with twin girls, but their jealous rivalry leads to violence beyond the grave. Starring Jae Hee, Park Shin-hye, Yang Jin-woo, Yang Geum-seok, Han Yeo-woon. Cinematography by Son Won-ho. Produced by Studio Box. Distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 95 min. May 23.
Heavenly Path ["Cheonsang-gowon"] Written and directed by Kim Eung-su. A Korean man travels to Tibet in search of his former lover, but he ends up discovering a new meaning to his trip. Starring Kim Eung-su, Lee Jae-won. Cinematography by Park Ki-woong. Produced by Kim Eung-su Film. Distributed by Emotion Pictures. Rating: General. 80 min. May 31.
Hwang Jin Yi ["Hwang Jin-i"] Directed by Chang Yoon-hyun. Screenplay by Kim Hyun-jeong. Based on the life of Hwang Jin-yi, a woman raised in an upper class family who finds herself one day forced to become a gisaeng (the Korean equivalent of a geisha). Eventually she would become noted for her poetry and her relations with many famous scholars and poets. Starring Song Hye-gyo, Yu Ji-tae, Yu Seung-ryong, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Oh Tae-kyung, Jeong Yu-mi, Jo Seung-yeon. Cinematography by Choi Young-taek. Produced by Cine2000 and Siz Entertainment. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 141 min. June 6.
The Wonder Years ["Yeolse-sal, Su-a"] Written and directed by Kim Hee-jung. A thirteen-year old girl has trouble relating to her single mother, partly because she believes her real mother is a famous singer who lives in Seoul. Starring Lee Se-young, Choo Sang-mi, Kim Yun-ah, Choi Myung-soo, Jeong Ji-an, Yu Hyun-ji, Shin Min-kyu. Cinematography by Jang Seong-baek. Produced by Soo Film and Sponge. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by Cineclick Asia. Rating: 12+. 94 min. June 14.
Time Between Dog and Wolf ["Gaewa neukdae sai-ui sigan"] Written and directed by Jeon Soo-il. A filmmaker returns to his hometown after 20 years, and gets to know a woman who is looking for her lost sister. Starring An Gil-gang, Kim Seon-jae. Cinematography by Jeong Seong-wook. Produced by Dongnyuk Film. Distributed by Sponge. Rating: 15+. 108 min. June 21.
Black House ["Geomeun jip"] Directed by Shin Terra. Screenplay by Lee Young-jong. An insurance claims agent comes across a client who he suspects of being a psychopath, committing murder for the sake of collecting insurance premiums. Starring Hwang Jeong-min, Kang Shin-il, Yu Seon, Kim Seo-hyung. Cinematography by Choi Ju-young. Produced by CJ Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 104 min. June 21.
Never Forever ["Du beonjje sarang"] Written and directed by Gina Kim. A white woman living in New York is married to a successful Korean-American businessman, but their failure to conceive a child leads her to pursue desperate measures. Starring Vera Farmiga, Ha Jeong-woo, David McInniss, Lee Hwa-si. Cinematography by Matthew Clark. Produced by Now Film, Box 3 Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 101 min. June 21.
Cadaver ["Haebuhak-gyosil"] Directed by Son Tae-woong. Screenplay by Jeon Soon-wook. A group of medical students get their first opportunity to dissect a human cadaver, however a series of strange events begin to occur that seem to be connected with the dead body. Starring Han Ji-min, On Ju-wan, Oh Tae-kyung, Jo Min-ki, Mun Won-ju, Chae Yun-seo, Soy, Jin Yu-young. Cinematography by Seong Seung-taek. Produced by Egg Film and Chungeorahm. Distributed by Chungeorahm and M&FC. Rating: 15+. 107 min. July 11.
Muoi: Legend of a Portrait ["Meu-i"] Written and directed by Kim Tae-kyung. A novelist travels to Vietnam to research an old legend which she hopes will form the basis of her new book. While there she re-connects with an old friend she had in Korea. Starring Jo An, Cha Ye-ryun, Ahn Thu, Im Seong-eon, Hong So-hui, Lee Jun, Goh Dong-eop. Cinematography by Park Jae-hong. Produced by Billy Pictures and Doughnuts Media. Distributed by Cinema Service and CJ Entertainment. Sold internationally by Mirovision. Rating: 15+. 93 min. July 25.
May 18 ["Hwaryeohan hyuga"] Directed by Kim Ji-hoon. Screenplay by Na Hyun and Park Sang-eon. In Gwangju 1980, a brutal crackdown on student protests causes the general population to rise up in revolt. Based on the real-life incident. Starring Kim Sang-kyung, Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Yo-won, Lee Jun-ki, Park Cheol-min, Park Won-sang, Song Jae-ho, Na Moon-hee, Son Byeong-ho. Cinematography by Lee Doo-man. Produced by Keyweck-shidae. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 118 min. July 25.
Attack on the Pin-Up Boys ["Kkotminam yeonsoe tereo-sageon"] Directed by Lee Kwon. Screenplay by Park Yeon-seon. Beginning on February 14, a string of 'terrorist' attacks involving human feces begin to target the prettiest boys in Korea. Yet despite the risk involved, the nationwide adulation that comes from being singled out as the next "pretty boy" leads to increasing competition. Starring Kim Ki-beom, Choi Si-won, Kim Hee-chul, Kim Young-woon, Lee Dong-hae, Lee Hyuk-jae, Shin Dong-hee, Kim Ryeo-wook. Cinematography by Lee Young-hoon. Produced by SM Pictures. Distributed by Chungeorahm and M&FC. Rating: 12+. 81 min. July 26.
Temptation of Eve: Angel ["Enjel"] Directed by Im Kyung-taek. Screenplay by Kim Cha-ae. A woman returns from a night with her lover to find her estranged husband murdered. She then becomes the first suspect. The first in a series of erotic thrillers produced under the label "Temptation of Eve". Starring Shin So-mi, Jeong Ui-gap. Cinematography by Yu Jae-eung. Produced by Fine Works. Distributed by OCN. Rating: 18+. 86 min. July 30.
Epitaph ["Gidam"] Written and directed by the Jeong Brothers (Jeong Sik and Jeong Beom-sik). Three stories centered around medical staff in a Seoul hospital in 1942, under Japanese colonial rule. A young medical student sent to work in the morgue develops a fascination with a dead young girl. A child who has lost her parents in a car accident starts to see ghosts. A surgeon begins to suspect something strange about his wife. Starring Kim Bo-gyeong, Kim Tae-woo, Jin Gu, Lee Dong-gyu, Goh Ju-yeon, David McGuinness, Zia, Kim Eung-su, Jeon Mu-song. Cinematography by Yun Nam-joo. Produced by Dorothy Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Studio 2.0. Rating: 15+. 98 min. August 1.
D-War ["Diwo"] Written and directed by Shim Hyung-rae. In modern-day Los Angeles, a TV news reporter discovers that he is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, and that he must help save the earth from a giant snake-like creature called an "imoogi". The imoogi is in search of Sara, a woman who holds the power to transform the monster into a dragon. Starring Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster, Craig Robinson, Aimee Garcia, Chris Mulkey, John Ales. Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski. Produced by Younggu Art. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 12+. 92 min. August 1.
HERs ["Heoseu"] Written and directed by Kim Jeong-joong. A film made up of three parts set in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Alaska respectively, each focusing on a woman named Gina. Starring Kim Hye-na, Will Yun Lee, Karl Yune, Susie Park, Elizabeth Weistbaum, Chris Delvin. Cinematography by Seamus Tierney and Oh Seung-hwan. Produced by Freecom Production, Bada Entertainment. Distributed by Sponge. Rating: 18+. 100 min. August 2.
Temptation of Eve: A Good Wife ["Joeun anae"] Directed by Kwak Jeong-deok. Screenplay by Kim Cha-ae and Kwak Jeong-deok. A struggling filmmaker is asked by his former mentor to spy on his wife to find out if she is cheating, but he discovers that this is the same woman he slept with only days before. Starring Kim Tae-hyun, An Nae-sang, Jin Seo-yeon. Cinematography by Kim Hyun-tae. Produced by Fine Works. Distributed by OCN. Rating: 18+. 90 min. August 6.
Wide Awake ["Riteon"] Directed by Lee Gyu-man. Screenplay by Lee Gyu-man and Lee Hyun-jin. A young boy is emotionally scarred for life when he remains conscious, but unable to move, during open heart surgery. Years later, the wife of a noted surgeon begins to suspect that someone is following her. Starring Kim Myung-min, Kim Tae-woo, Yu Jun-sang, Kim Yu-mi, Jeong Yu-seok, Kim Roi-ha, Baek Seung-hwan. Cinematography by Kim Dong-eun. Produced by Beautiful Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 115 min. August 8.
For Eternal Hearts ["Byeolbit-sogeuro"] Written and directed by Hwang Qu-dok. A teacher begins to narrate to his students the strange, fantastical story of his first love, when he is asked to tutor a mysterious young woman. Starring Jeong Kyung-ho, Kim Min-sun, Kim C, Cha Su-yeon, Jeong Jin-young, Jang Hang-seon, Lee Su-na. Cinematography by Ko Myeong-woo. Produced by Sponge and Cinema Piazza. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by iHQ. Rating: 12+. 103 min. August 9.
Temptation of Eve: Kiss ["Kiseu"] Directed by Nam Ki-woong. Screenplay by Seo Mi-ae. A happily married and successful couple have their lives disturbed when a new couple moves in next door. Starring Kim Gyeong-ik, Yun Mi-gyeong, Yang Young-jo, Lee Ja-gyeong. Cinematography by Kim Seong-tae. Produced by Fine Works. Distributed by OCN. Rating: 18+. 93 min. August 13.
Love Now ["Jigeum saranghaneun saram-gwa salgo isseumnikka?"] Directed by Jeong Yun-soo. Screenplay by Kim Seon-mi, Kim Jin. A happily married middle class couple and an unhappily married rich couple embark on separate affairs. Starring Uhm Jung-hwa, Han Chae-young, Park Yong-woo, Lee Dong-geon, Choi Jae-won, Oh Ji-young, Choi Yong-min, Lee Young-sook, Hong Won-bae. Cinematography by Kang Seung-gi. Produced by Cine2000. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 116 min. August 15.
Underground Rendezvous ["Mannam-ui gwangjang"] Directed by Kim Jong-jin. A man serving in a "re-education camp" during the 1980s falls off his truck and arrives at a small rural village, where the residents assume he is a new teacher from Seoul. Starring Im Chang-jung, Park Jin-hww, Im Hyun-sik, Ryoo Seung-beom, Kim Soo-mi, Lee Han-wi. Produced by CY Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 12+. 107 min. August 15.
Temptation of Eve: Her Own Technique ["Geunyeomanui tekeunik"] Directed by Yu Jae-wan. Screenplay by Seo Mi-ae and Yu Jae-wan. A successful surgeon who prides himself on his relations with women has a recurring dream about a woman with a butterfly tattoo. Then one day he comes across a mysterious woman in a hotel who he can't shake from his mind. Starring Kim Ji-wan, Seo Young, Jeon Se-hong, Yu Jin-ah. Cinematography by Choi Sang-ho. Produced by Fine Works. Distributed by OCN. Rating: 18+. 86 min. August 20.
Femme Fatal ["Jugeodo haepi ending"] Directed by Kang Gyeong-hun. Screenplay by Kang Gyeong-hun, Lee Dong-gyu, Ha Won-gi. A well-known Korean star wins best actress at the 'Kannes' film festival. At an impromptu celebration party, four men propose to her, but soon the night begins to spin dangerously out of control. A remake of the French comedy Serial Lover (1998). Starring Yeh Ji-won, Im Won-hee, Jo Hee-bong, Park No-sik, Jeong Gyeong-ho, Richard Kim, Jang Hyun-sung, Baek Do-bin, Woo Hyun, Jo Eun-ji, Jung Doo-hong. Cinematography by Choi Chan-min. Produced by Sidus FNH and Premier Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 94 min. August 22.
Someone Behind You ["Du-saramida"] Written and directed by Oh Ki-hwan. A high school student is shocked to witness her aunt cruelly murdered by another one of her aunts. Deeply disturbed, she then starts to experience increasingly strange events at school and at home. Starring Yun Jin-seo, Lee Ki-woo, Park Ki-woong, Kim So-eun, Lee Kan-hee, Jeong Yu-mi, An Nae-sang, Oh Yeon-seo, Jo Seon-ju, Jeong Il-gi, Seo Yu-jeong. Cinematography by Kim Yong-heung. Produced by Mogavi Pictures and Production Hangbok. Distributed by M&FC and Chungeorahm. International sales by M&FC. Rating: 18+. 84 min. August 22.
Swindler in My Mom's House ["Sarangbang seonsu-wa eomeoni"] Directed by Im Young-seong. Screenplay by Bae Se-young. A swindler comes to a small village, where he develops a plan to seduce a single mother and take all her money. A parody of sorts of Shin Sang-ok's classic The Houseguest and My Mother (1961). Starring Jung Jun-ho, Kim Won-hee, Goh Eun-ah, Im Hyeong-jun, Kwon Oh-joong, Lee Han-wi, Kim Hae-gon, Na Gyeong-mi, Kim Ji-young. Cinematography by Lee Jun-gyu. Produced by Taewon Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Lotte Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 107 min. August 22.
Let's Not Cry ["Goenchanha, uljima"] Written and directed by Min Boung-hun. A man returns from Moscow to his native village in Uzbekistan carrying a violin case. The villagers believe that he has become successful in the city, and he pretends their assumptions are true, even though it is all false. Starring Muhamad Rahimov. Produced by Film Space. Distributed by Eureka Pictures. Rating: General. 98 min. August 30.
The Worst Guy Ever ["Nae saengae choeak-ui namja"] Directed by Son Hyun-hee. Screenplay by Kim Su-ah. A woman and a man who are longtime friends finally end up in bed together one night, and decide to get married. Soon after their wedding, however, each of them meet a seductive new partner. Starring Yeom Jung-ah, Tak Jae-hoon, Yun Ji-min, Shin Seong-rok, Jo Hee-bong, Ma Dong-seok, Kim Suna (cameo), Shin Hyun-joon (cameo), Shin Yi (cameo). Produced by CK Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 94 min. August 30.
Off Road ["Opeurodeu"] Directed by Han Seung-ryong. Screenplay by Kim Gwang-sik. A taxi driver named Sang-hoon is kidnapped by a man making his getaway after a bank robbery. They end up traveling through the country, and the relationship between the two men starts to change in unexpected ways. Starring Jo Han-cheol, Seon U-seon, Baek Su-jang. Produced by Hwaldong Sajin Films. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by Cineclick Asia. Rating: 18+. 84 min. August 30.
My Father ["Mai padeo"] Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Screenplay by Yun Jin-ho and Hwang Dong-hyuk. An adoptee from Korea who grew up in the United States comes to Korea as a U.S. soldier and is successful in finding his birth father. However his birth father is a convicted criminal who is scheduled to receive the death penalty. Based on a true story. Starring Daniel Henney, Kim Young-cheol, An Seok-hwan, Kim In-kwon, Choi Jeong-won. Cinematography by Choi Hyun-ki. Produced by Cineline Innet. Distributed and sold internationally by Lotte Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 107 min. September 6.
Bravo My Life ["Beurabo mai raipeu"] Directed by Park Young-hoon. Screenplay by Park Heon-soo, Jeong Ji-hwan, Park Young-hoon, Kim Deok-min, Shin Geun-ho. A salaryman nearing retirement has for all of his working life hidden his secret desire to become a drummer. But suddenly, he and his co-workers begin to realize that each of them is hiding some musical skill... Starring Baek Yoon-shik, Park Jun-gyu, Im Ha-ryong, Lee So-yeon, Kim Seong-won, No Young-guk, Kim Ye-ryeong. Cinematography by Kim Jong-yun. Produced by Media Azit, Mof Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 12+. 120 min. September 6.
In Between Days ["Banghwang-ui naldeul"] Written and directed by Kim So-young. A Korean teenager who has newly arrived in the U.S. falls in love with her only friend Tran, but she struggles to express her feelings to him. Starring Kim Ji-seon, Kang Tae-gu, Kim Bok-ja, Shaughn Buchholz. Cinematography by Sarah Levy. Produced by RingTheJing Entertainment, Soandbrand. Distributed by With Cinema. Sold internationally by RingTheJing Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 80 min. September 6.
The Happy Life ["Jeulgeoun insaeng"] Directed by Lee Joon-ik. Screenplay by Choi Seok-hwan. A group of middle aged friends meet up at the funeral of their old friend, who was the lead singer of their band in their school days. Stricken with grief and out of work, one of the men suggests re-launching their old band. Starring Jeong Jin-young, Kim Yun-seok, Kim Sang-ho, Jang Geun-seok, Kim Ho-jeong, Chu Gui-jeong, Ko Ah-sung, Joo Jin-mo. Cinematography by Kim Yong-cheol. Produced by Achim Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: General. 112 min. September 12.
Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K ["Kwon Sunbun-yeosa napchi-sageon"] Directed by Kim Sang-jin. Screenplay by Lee In. Three men desperate for money decide to kidnap the owner of a popular restaurant and hold her for ransom, except that none of her rich children seem too interested in getting her back. Starring Na Moon-hee, Kang Sung-jin, Yu Hae-jin, Yu Geon, Park Sang-myun, Park Jun-myun, Jeong Gyu-su, Park Jin-young. Cinematography by Kim Dong-cheon. Produced by Another Sunday and Directors' Home. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 120 min. September 12.
The Two Faces of My Girlfriend ["Du eolgul-ui yeochin"] Directed by Lee Seok-hoon. Screenplay by Hwang In-ho. A man desperate for a girlfriend finally finds the woman he has always dreamed up, but then he is shocked to discover that she has multiple personalities -- some of them not very friendly. Starring Bong Tae-gyu, Jeong Ryeo-won, Kim In-kwon, Kim Tae-hyun, Kim Hye-ok, Lee Hye-eun, Lee Su-na, Lee Young-ah. Cinematography by Lee Doo-man. Produced by Fine Works. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 117 min. September 12.
Mother ["Eomeoni-neun jukji anheunda"] Directed by Hah Myung-joong. On the day that an old neighborhood in Seoul is slated for destruction, an elderly novelist sneaks in and revisits his old home, where he is soon consumed by memories of time spent with his deceased mother. Starring Han Hye-sook, Hah Myung-joong, Hah Sang-won, Park Ha-seon, Kim Seung-wook. Cinematography by Kim Hyung-ju. Produced by HMJ Films. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment. Sold internationally by iHQ. Rating: General. 93 min. September 12.
Love ["Sarang"] Written and directed by Kwak Kyung-taek. A young guy on the edge of adulthood assaults a thug who is plotting to rape his sweetheart. Years later, the fates of the three people will intersect again in unexpected ways. Starring Joo Jin-mo, Park Si-yeon, Joo Hyun, Kim Min-jun, Lee Hwi-hyang, Kim Kwang-gyu, Im Hyun-seong. Cinematography by Ki Se-hoon. Produced by Taewon Entertainment and Zininsa Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by Lotte Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 104 min. September 19.
The Mafia, the Salesman ["Sangsa-builche"] Written and directed by Shim Seung-bo. As Korea enters the age of free trade agreements and globalization, the head boss decides it's time to benchmark large conglomerates and adopt 'globalized management'. The third film in the "My Boss, My Hero" series. Starring Lee Sung-jae, Kim Seong-min, Park Sang-myun, Son Chang-min, Seo Ji-hye, Jeon Chang-geol. Cinematography by Lee Dong-sam. Produced by Doosan Cinema and Zenith Entertainment. Distributed by 20th Century Fox Korea. Sold internationally by Mirovision. Rating: 15+. 110 min. September 19.
Happiness ["Haengbok"] Directed by Hur Jin-ho. Screenplay by Hur Jin-ho, Lee Sook-yeon, Shin Jun-ho, Seo Yu-min. A man checks into a rural sanitorium after developing a severe case of cirrhosis. There he meets and falls in love with a young woman who has lung disease. Starring Hwang Jeong-min, Lim Soo-jung, Gong Hyo-jin, Park In-hwan, Shin Shin-ae, Ryu Seung-su, Kim Ki-cheon, Yu Seung-mok. Cinematography by Kim Hyung-gu. Produced by Rai Film and Zip Cinema. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 124 min. October 3.
Resurrection of the Butterfly ["Geurimja"] Directed by Kim Min-sook and Lee Jeong-guk. Two stories centered around love triangles. The first, directed by Kim Min-sook, is set in 1592 and adapts the story of the famous kisaeng Non-gae. Lee Jeong-guk's story, set in the 21st century, centers on a hiker who loses his memory. Starring Lee Mu-saeng, Jeon Bo-young and Myeong Seung-hoon. Produced by DCG Plus and Rhombus. Distributed and sold internationally by Sponge. Rating: 15+. 87 min. October 11.
Going By the Book ["Bareuge salja"] Directed by Ra Hee-chan. Screenplay by Jang Jin and Lee Gyu-bok. A low-ranking police officer who is ridiculed for his serious, conscientious nature is asked to play the role of a bank robber/hostage taker in a simulated police drill. Starring Jung Jae-young, Son Byeong-ho, Lee Young-eun, Ko Chang-seok, Lee Han-wi, Ju Jin-mo, Lee Cheol-min, Shin Gu. Cinematography by Kim Jun-young. Produced by Film It Suda. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 102 min. October 18.
Shadows in the Palace ["Gungnyeo"] Written and directed by Kim Mee-jeung. The women's quarters of the royal court is the setting for a murder which is disguised as suicide. One of the royal nurses decides, against the wishes of her superiors, to pursue the case to the end. Starring Park Jin-hee, Yoon Se-ah, Seo Young-hee, Im Jeong-eun, Jeon Hye-jin, Kim Seong-ryeong, Kim Nam-jin. Cinematography by Lee Hyeong-deok. Produced by Achim Pictures. Distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 112 min. October 18.
Love Exposure ["Eokkae-neomeo-ui yeonin"] Directed by Lee Eon-hee. Screenplay by Ko Yun-hee and Kim Eun-hye. A single photographer and her married friend, both in their thirties, struggle with issues of intimacy and marital infidelity. Starring Lee Mi-yeon, Lee Tae-ran, Kim Jun-seong, Yun Jae-moon, Marco, Kim Byeong-choon, Kim Hwa-ju. Cinematography by Hong Kyung-pyo. Produced by Sidus FNH. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 18+. 100 min. October 18.
Punch Lady ["Peonchi-reidi"] Written and directed by Kang Hyo-jin. A woman who is beaten by her boxing champion husband finally rebels one day and publicly challenges him to a fight in the ring. Starring Do Ji-won, Son Hyun-joo, Park Sang-wook, Choi Seol-li, Kim Ji-wan. Cinematography by Kim Young-ho. Produced by Premier Entertainment and Prime Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 121 min. October 25.
M ["Em"] Directed by Lee Myung-Se. Screenplay by Lee Myung-Se, Lee Hae-kyung, Jo Jin-guk. A well-known novelist is having trouble starting his next book, and in the meantime he is visited by a mysterious woman in purple. Starring Kang Dong-won, Lee Yeon-hee, Gong Hyo-jin, Jeon Mu-song, Song Young-chang, Im Won-hee. Cinematography by Hong Kyung-pyo. Produced by Production M. Distributed by M&FC. Sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 110 min. October 25.
Who's That Knocking At My Door? ["Jeosuji-eseo geonjin chita"] Written and directed by Yang Hea-hoon. Je-hwi, who was bullied in high school by a classmate named Pyo, shuts himself away from the world. One day he begins to get close to a woman named Jang-hee, but an unexpected encounter with Pyo leads him to despair again. Starring Im Ji-gyu, Yun So-shi, Jo Seong-ha, Pyo Sang-woo, Im Ji-yeon. Cinematography by Jeong Hee-seong. Produced by Relay Film. Distributed and sold internationally by Indiestory. Rating: 18+. 88 min. October 25.
Le Grand Chef ["Sikgaek"] Directed by Jeon Yun-soo. Screenplay by Jeon Yun-soo, Shin Dong-ik. A young, supremely talented chef has quit the profession after a disastrous meal involving the poisonous golden blowfish. However when a nationwide cooking competition is announced, people close to him urge him to sign up. Starring Kim Kang-woo, Im Won-hee, Lee Ha-na, Kim Sang-ho, Jeong Eun-pyo, An Gil-gang, Maeng Bong-hak. Cinematography by Park Hee-ju. Produced and sold internationally by Show East. Distributed by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 113 min. November 1.
Virgin Snow ["Cheot-nun"] Directed by Han Sang-hee. Screenplay by Ban Kazuhiko. A young Korean man named Min moves to Japan, where he meets and falls in love with a Japanese girl who wants to be a painter. Starring Lee Joon-ki, Miyazaki Aoi, Shioya Shun, Morita Ayaka. Produced by Dyne Film and Kadokawa Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 101 min. November 1.
Fantastic Parasuicides ["Pantaseutik jasal sodong"] Written and directed by Park Su-young ("Hanging Tough"), Cho Chang-ho ("Fly, Chicken!"), Kim Sung-ho ("Happy Birthday"). An omnibus film about people who undergo surrealistic experiences as they try to kill themselves. "Hanging Tough" focuses on a frustrated high school girl who, after sleeping through an exam, decides to throw herself off the roof; "Fly, Chicken!" is about a policeman who goes the beach to shoot himself, who enters into conversation with a hen caught in a net; and "Happy Birthday" is about an old man who, disappointed that his friends forgot his birthday, makes a rash decision. Starring Han Yeo-reum, Tablo, Kim Ga-hyun ("Hanging Tough"), Kim Nam-jin, Lee Hye-sang, Jeong Ae-hwa ("Fly, Chicken!"), Jeong Jae-jin, Kang In-hyeong ("Happy Birthday"). Produced by Indiestory and MBC. Distributed and sold internationally by Indiestory. Rating: 15+. 92 min. November 8.
Desert Dream ["Gyeonggye"] Alternate title: Hyazgar. Written and directed by Zhang Lu. A man living in Mongolia in a part of the steppes bordered by the desert is left alone when his wife and daughter move to Ulaanbaatar. Soon after, a North Korean refugee and her son arrive at his door looking for shelter. A Korean-French co-production starring Bat-ulzii, Seo Jung, Shin Dong-ho. Cinematography by Kim Seong-tae. Produced by G21M. Distributed by Sponge. Sold internationally by Rezo Films (Paris). Rating: 18+. 125 min. November 8.
Seven Days ["Sebeun deijeu"] Directed by Won Shin-yeon. Screenplay by Yun Je-gu and Won Shin-yeon. A highly successful defense attorney is blackmailed into defending a man on death row who brutally killed a university student. Starring Kim Yun-jin, Kim Mi-sook, Park Hee-soon, Lee Jeong-heon, Jang Hang-seon, Yang Jin-woo, Lee Ra-hye, Oh Gwang-rok, Ok Ji-young, Choi Myung-soo. Cinematography by Choi Young-hwan. Produced by Yoon & Joon. Distributed and sold internationally by Prime Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 125 min. November 14.
Scout ["Seukauteu"] Written and directed by Kim Hyun-seok. An assistant scout for a Seoul-based university baseball team is sent down to Gwangju in May 1980 (as demonstrations against the government reach extreme levels) to convince a young pitching phenom named Sun Dong-yeol to sign with his team. Starring Im Chang-jung, Eom Ji-won, Park Cheol-min, Baek Il-seop, Kim Hee-won, Yang Mi-kyung, Lee Geon-ju, Lee Dae-yeon, Lee Gye-in. Cinematography by Choi Jin-woong. Produced by Durumi Film Co. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 12+. 94 min. November 14.
The Bank Attack ["Maeul-geumgo Yeonsoeseupgyeok-sageon"] Directed by Park Sang-jun. Screenplay by Park Sang-jun and Bae Young-ran. A man decides to rob the village safe in order to pay for his 9-year old daughter's brain operation. Starring Lee Moon-shik, Baek Yoon-shik, Kim Sang-ho, Park Hyo-jun, Jeong Gyeong-ho, Woo Hyun, Han Yeo-un, Kim Yu-jeong. Cinematography by Seo Ki-won. Produced by Film Q Entertainment and Novis Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 15+. 111 min. November 14.
With a Girl of Black Soil ["Geomeun ttang-ui sonyeo-wa"] Directed by Jeon Soo-il. Screenplay by Jeon Soo-il and Jeong Sun-young. A coal worker living in Kangwon province is living happily with his two children, until he is injured in an accident and receives no compensation. Starring Yu Yeon-mi, Jo Young-jin, Park Hyun-woo, Kang Su-yeon. Cinematography by Kim Seong-tae. Produced by Dongnyuk Film. Distributed by Sponge. Rating: General. 87 min. November 15.
Pornmaking for Dummies ["Saek-hwa-dong"] Written and directed by Gong Ja-kwan. A film school graduate desperate for work is hired as an assistant director on a straight-to-video erotic film. Starring Jo Jae-wan, Kim Dong-soo, Jeong So-jin, Kim Yang-hoon. Produced by Generation Blue Films and Click Film Co. Rating: 18+. 72 min. November 15.
West 32nd ["Weseuteu 32beonga"] Directed by Michael Kang. Screenplay by Michael Kang and Edmund Lee. An up-and-coming Korean American lawyer decides to defend a young boy accused of murder, but soon he gets caught up in the dangerous Korean underworld of New York City. Starring John Cho, Kim Jun-sung, Grace Park, Jeong Jun-ho, Jane Kim, Lanny Joon, Hans Kim. Cinematography by Simon Coull. Produced, distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 86 min. November 22.
Milky Way Liberation Front ["Eunha-haebang-jeonseon"] Written and directed by Yun Seong-ho. A young film director is dumped by his girlfriend at the same time as he experiences writer's block on a new project which has already attracted finance and star casting. As the pressure piles up, then he develops aphasia. Starring Im Ji-gyu, Seo Young-ju, Park Hyuk-kwon, Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Eun-seong, Yu Hyeong-geun, Mori Yukie. Cinematography by Kwon Sang-jun. Produced by Generation Blue Films. Distributed and sold internationally by Indiestory. Rating: 15+. 99 min. November 29.
Our Town ["Uri dongne"] Directed by Jeong Gil-young. Screenplay by Mo Hong-jin. A neighborhood is terrorized by a serial murderer who stabs and hangs up his victims in a very distinctive way. However when another corpse appears, it gradually becomes clear that a second murderer is at large. Starring Oh Man-seok, Lee Seon-gyun, Ryu Deok-hwan, Park Myung-shin, Jeong Hye-won, Lee Mu-saeng, Mori Yukie, Jeong In-gi. Cinematography by Lee Gang-min. Produced by Object Films. Distributed by Cinema Service and CJ Entertainment. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 114 min. November 29.
My Eleventh Mother ["Yeolhan-beonjjae eomma"] Directed by Kim Jin-seong. Screenplay by Byun Won-mi. A young boy with a problematic father has a rough time dealing with his eleventh stepmother, who moves in one day without warning. However as time passes he learns that she and he have more in common than he realizes. Starring Kim Hye-soo, Kim Young-chan, Yu Seung-ryong, Kim Ji-young, Hwang Jeong-min. Cinematography by Jeon Dae-seong. Produced by Sea Star Pictures. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox. Rating: 12+. 106 min. November 29.
Jeonju Digital Project 2007: Memories ["Dijiteol samin-samsaek 2007"] Directed by Eugene Green [France], Pedro Costa [Portugal], and Harun Farocki [Germany]. Three 30-minute films commissioned by the Jeonju International Film Festival: Farocki's Respite, made up of archival footage shot in Westerbork, a transit camp for concentration camp deportees during WWII; Costa's The Rabbit Hunters, about a shanty town on the outskirts of Lisbon called Fontainhas; and Green's Correspondences, about two seventeen year olds named Virgile and Blanche exchanging emails. Starring Delphine Hecquet, Francois Riviere, Alfredo Mendes, Jose Alberto Silva. Cinematography by Raphael O'Byrne, etc. Produced and sold internationally by Jeonju International Film Festival. Rating: 12+. 102 min. November 29.
People Crossing the River ["Gang-eul geonneoneun saram-deul"] Directed by Kim Duk-chul. This documentary examines the historical and contemporary relationship between Japan and Korea by focusing on four different people living in Japan: a Korean man campaigning for reparations for wartime laborers, an ethnic Korean woman pushing for the creation of a museum devoted to Korean culture, a Japanese minister hoping to promote cross-cultural understanding, and a Japanese high school girl in an extracurricular Korean club. Cinematography by Kim Duk-chul. Produced by Gwangjeong Film. Distributed by Jinjin Pictures. Rating: General. 142 min. November 30.
Venus and Mars ["Ssaum"] Written and directed by Han Ji-seung. A troubled couple decide to divorce, but their old emnities continue to burn, and soon they are engaged in a virtual war with each other. Starring Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Tae-hee, Seo Tae-hwa, Jeon Su-gyeong, Im Ha-ryong. Cinematography by Kim Jae-ho. Produced and distributed by Cinema Service. Sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 15+. 102 min. December 12.
Sex is Zero 2 ["Saekjeuk-sigong sijeun 2"] Directed by Yun Tae-yun. Screenplay by Yun Jae-gyun. A sequel to the popular sex comedy, with the male leads pursuing various relationships with women from the university swimming team. Starring Im Chang-jung, Song Ji-hyo, Choi Seong-guk, Shin Yi, Yu Chae-young. Cinematography by Kim Yong-cheol and Choi Jin-woong. Produced by Doosaboo Film. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 115 min. December 12.
Miss Gold Digger ["Yonguijudo Miss Shin"] Directed by Park Yong-jip. Screenplay by Park Eun-young. Miss Shin taked a highly planned and meticulous approach to finding a boyfriend, trying out four men at once before making her decision. Starring Han Yesle, Lee Jong-hyuk, Kwon Oh-jung, Kim In-kwon, Jung Kyu-su, Cheon Ho-jin, Son Ho-young. Cinematography by Kim Hak-su. Produced by Sidus FNH, Road Pictures. Distributed by Sidus FNH. Sold internationally by Golden Network. Rating: 15+. 108 min. December 18.
My Love ["Nae sarang"] Directed by Lee Han. Screenplay by Shin Dong-ik. As the Christmas season approaches, three couples and one single man on a "free hug" campaign come face to face with miracles. Starring Karm Woo-sung, Choi Kang-hee, Um Tae-woong, Lee Youn-hee, Jeong Il-woo. Cinematography by Lee Jun-kyu. Produced by Ozon Films. Distributed by Showbox. Rating: 12+. 111 min. December 18.
Taxi Blues ["Taeksi beulluseu"] Directed by ChoiHa Dong-ha. A documentary made as the director was working 12-hour shifts as a taxi driver, taking 28-30 passengers per day in order to earn 80,000-100,000 won(about $100). Featuring numerous interviews with the citizens of Seoul. Cinematography by Choe Bhan. Produced by Redsnowman Films. Distributed and sold internationally by Indiestory. Rating: 18+. 105 min. December 21.
Hansel and Gretel ["Henjel-gwa geuretel"] Directed by Yim Phil-sung. Screenplay by Yim Phil-sung and Kim Min-sook. A man wanders in the forest after his car drives off the road, and he meets a young girl who takes him to a strange, isolated cottage in the middle of the forest. Starring Cheon Jung-myung, Eun Won-jae, Shim Eun-kyung, Park Hee-soon. Cinematography by Kim Ji-yong. Produced by Barunson Film Division. Distributed by CJ Entertainment. Sold internationally by Cineclick Asia. Rating: 12+. 116 min. December 27.
Rainbow Eyes ["Gamyeon"] Directed by Yang Yoon-ho. Screenplay by Shin Dong-ik. A pair of detectives try to solve two virtually identical grisly murders that take place in a sports center, and their investigation leads them into a tangled web of past and present relationships. Starring Kim Kang-woo, Kim Min-sun, Lee Su-kyung. Cinematography by Baek Dong-hyun. Produced by DRM Entertainment. Distributed and sold internationally by Lotte Entertainment. Rating: 18+. 99 min. December 27.
* For information about upcoming Korean movies, visit http://www.koreanfilm.org/new.html
Box-Office Admission Results
|Release date||Film Title||Nationwide*||Seoul*||Screens|
|Jan 4||The Old Garden||296,532||62,904||212|
|Jan 4||Digital Short Films 2006||358||358||1|
|Jan 4||Operation Makeover||174,543||45,621||307|
|Jan 18||Robot Taekwon V||705,207||143,407||218|
|Jan 18||Mapado 2||1,560,297||323,905||383|
|Jan 25||Yobi the Five-Tailed Fox||482,992||109,866||127|
|Jan 25||Girl By Girl||1,952||1,952||2|
|Jan 25||Before the Summer Passes Away||4,552||3,842||9|
|Jan 25||The Perfect Couple||1,299,274||301,235||284|
|Feb 1||Voice of a Murderer||3,143,247||826,287||508|
|Feb 8||A Day for an Affair||1,847,875||568,786||413|
|Feb 8||Master Kims||1,025,618||234,461||397|
|Feb 14||Miracle on 1st Street||2,750,457||697,439||390|
|Feb 14||Highway Star||1,611,192||369,580||331|
|Feb 22||Pruning the Grapevine||6,977||4,423||8|
|Feb 22||Hotel M: Gangster's Last Draw||237,183||34,294||229|
|Feb 28||Skeletons in the Closet||321,721||90,130||171|
|Mar 14||Big Bang||365,684||78,756||245|
|Mar 22||Mug Travel||135,261||37,899||66|
|Mar 29||Beautiful Sunday||180,178||56,724||215|
|Mar 29||Small Town Rivals||1,269,142||326,034||335|
|Mar 29||Our School||59,752||36,091||14|
|Apr 5||The Show Must Go On||1,025,781||351,965||420|
|Apr 12||Beyond the Years||145,271||62,146||200|
|Apr 12||Paradise Murdered||2,259,511||647,717||380|
|Apr 19||Meet Mr. Daddy||285,825||70,857||255|
|Apr 19||My Tutor Friend 2||566,498||131,694||271|
|Apr 19||An Elephant on the Bike||2,355||907||22|
|Apr 26||Driving With My Wife's Lover||6,999||4,036||7|
|May 1||My Son||488,221||140,782||299|
|May 1||Mr. Lee vs. Mr. Lee||11,206||2,386||61|
|May 10||Unstoppable Marriage||1,304,431||316,081||284|
|May 10||The Railroad||4,025||2,982||10|
|May 10||A Shark||790||633||3|
|May 10||Texture of Skin||840||536||3|
|May 17||Boys of Tomorrow||3,500||2,682||6|
|May 17||Sorrow Even Up in Heaven||14,168||14,168||83|
|May 23||Secret Sunshine||1,710,364||561,458||333|
|May 23||The Evil Twin||402,117||86,338||200|
|May 31||Heavenly Path||918||918||1|
|Jun 6||Hwang Jin Yi||1,270,644||371,006||478|
|Jun 14||The Wonder Years||6,719||1,677||38|
|Jun 21||Time Between Dog and Wolf||579||400||4|
|Jun 21||Black House||1,408,882||439,754||336|
|Jun 21||Never Forever||80,248||46,421||93|
|Jul 25||Muoi: Legend of a Portrait||180,999||44,887||182|
|Jul 25||May 18||7,307,993||2,009,666||551|
|Jul 26||Attack on the Pin-Up Boys||110,905||27,099||95|
|Jul 30||Temptation of Eve: Angel||425||425||3|
|Aug 6||Temptation of Eve: A Good Wife||316||316||3|
|Aug 8||Wide Awake||677,939||235,872||242|
|Aug 9||For Eternal Hearts||6,724||4,151||21|
|Aug 13||Temptation of Eve: Kiss||231||231||3|
|Aug 15||Love Now||1,095,119||388,044||306|
|Aug 15||Underground Rendezvous||1,306,434||286,843||281|
|Aug 20||Temptation of Eve: Her Own Technique||317||317||3|
|Aug 22||Femme Fatal||192,686||57,292||182|
|Aug 22||Someone Behind You||241,292||78,200||193|
|Aug 22||Swindler in My Mom's House||541,236||123,857||283|
|Aug 30||Let's Not Cry||1,813||1,748||1|
|Aug 30||The Worst Guy Ever||470,548||108,353||312|
|Aug 30||Off Road||561||272||4|
|Sep 6||My Father||902,090||240,165||359|
|Sep 6||Bravo My Life||73,034||19,906||195|
|Sep 6||In Between Days||1,285||1,148||2|
|Sep 12||The Happy Life||1,263,835||442,665||n/a|
|Sep 12||Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K||1,619,190||437,939||n/a|
|Sep 12||The Two Faces of My Girlfriend||762,112||231,913||n/a|
|Sep 19||The Mafia, the Salesman||947,510||219,940||n/a|
|Oct 11||Resurrection of the Butterfly||224||68||n/a|
|Oct 18||Going by the Book||2,190,250||672,381||n/a|
|Oct 18||Shadows in the Palace||1,438,531||409,476||n/a|
|Oct 18||Love Exposure||301,153||105,717||n/a|
|Oct 25||Punch Lady||38,254||13,502||n/a|
|Oct 25||Who's That Knocking At My Door?||2,551||1,949||n/a|
|Nov 1||Le Grand Chef||3,038,868*||913,989||399|
|Nov 1||Virgin Snow||19,734||9,283||n/a|
|Nov 8||Fantastic Parasuicides||1,702||1,134||n/a|
|Nov 8||Desert Dream||973||775||n/a|
|Nov 14||Seven Days||2,107,849*||708,483*||297|
|Nov 14||The Bank Attack||123,770||25,980||n/a|
|Nov 15||With a Girl of Black Soil||786||618||n/a|
|Nov 15||The Sex Film||498*||400||7|
|Nov 22||West 32nd||8,321||4,554||n/a|
|Nov 29||Milky Way Liberation Front||5,051*||4,224*||10|
|Nov 29||Our Town||377,591||115,407||n/a|
|Nov 29||My Eleventh Mother||350,204||81,433||n/a|
|Nov 29||Jeonju Digital Project 2007: Memories||280||280||n/a|
|Nov 30||People Crossing the River||315||315||n/a|
|Dec 12||Venus and Mars||382,422*||121,487||360|
|Dec 12||Sex is Zero 2||2,088,940*||508,648*||427|
|Dec 18||Miss Gold Digger||595,862*||157,330*||41|
|Dec 18||My Love||977,859*||358,947*||233|
|Dec 21||Taxi Blues||420||420||n/a|
|Dec 27||Hansel and Gretel||314,304*||85,373*||162|
|Dec 27||Rainbow Eyes||324,214*||95,335*||207|
* Includes box office from 2008. Source: Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
Note that from this year, the listed screen totals are nationwide, not for Seoul.