Chuseok is over and Thursday it is back to work– for just two days. Thursday is also the day that new movies open in Korea. What’s in store for this weekend?
First up is a sex-comedy starring Choi Seong-gook and Song Eun-chae brought to us by director Kim Ho-joon of Jeni, Juno and My Little Bride fame. The movie’s name via KOFIC is Love Match (although you will find it listed by its Korean name too–which happens to be an English word– Wrestling).
Not in the mood for a comedy? Than take a chance with a horror/thriller/drama called Wicked about what happens when a new employee in an office turns out to be more than a little odd…
KOFIC has not picked an English name for this next film, but Daum is calling it Enthralled.. people uploading the trailer on Youtube went for a direct translation of the Korean title: Toxic Desire: Addiction or a shorter version in some cases.. Toxic Desire. I don’t care what it’s called.. I am just happy to see Hong Kyeong-in (A Single Spark, Piano Man...) back in films.
Here are the films opening for the long holiday weekend.
My Brilliant Life
Golden Chariot in the Sky
Splendid But Sad Days
Hill of Freedom
Based on these trailers, if I could only watch one movie this weekend, I think I would choose The Golden Chariot in the Sky. I am sure the first two will be popular and the Hong Sang-soo movie will be beautifully done, but the chariot movie seems more like my style.
Sigh– While everyone else is down in Busan at the film festival, do you know where I was? Sequestered in Seoul attending a seminar that required me to give up my phone, internet and books. It was to prepare me for writing some national exams.. and it was a lot of fun..except I could not leave the compound and even moving from building to building required me to be accompanied by a security guard!
Well, even if I don’t make it down to Busan, there are other things to do.. Like check out the two lastest films opening this week; HERO and HWAYI.
There are four Korean movies opening this week. However, I am only able to come up with trailers for two of them. The omnibus LOVE SCENE and the erotic thriller VACANCE apparently do not have trailers, but you can see their posters below.