16th January 2012
This coming weekend is going to be very long as it is the Lunar (aka Chinese) New Year! Officially, the holiday runs from Sunday the 22nd to Tuesday but I think many companies will be closing early to give employees time to travel back to their hometowns. Theaters are likely to be packed this weekend and there will be a number of new movies takiing advantage of this.
Pacemaker– starring Kim Myeong-jin, Ahn Seong-gi and Ko Ah-ra. Pacemaker is directed by Kim Dang-joong who over the years has directed many musicals for the live stage. This is his first movie. (no, it’s not a musical…)
Unbowed– starring Ahn Seong-gi (yes, he’s in two films that are opening this week), Park Won-sang and Na Yeong-hee. The director is Jeong Jin-yeong who has not directed a full-length movie since his extremely (overly?) artistic 1998 film Naked Being.
Dancing Queen– starring Hwang Jeong-min, Uhm Jeong-hwa and Lee Han-wi. Directed by Lee Seok-hoon (Two Faces of My Girlfriend)
Neverending Story– starring Uhm Tae-woong, Jeong Fyeo-won and Yoo Seon. Directed by Jeong Yong-joo helming his first feature-length film. He had previously directed the short thriller/fantasy Tea & Poison.
The other movies opening this week are:
We Bought a Zoo (us), Lost World 2: Mysterious Island (us), Of Gods and Men (fr), The Kid with the Bike (fr) and Devil’s Playground (uk)