Seen in Jeonju

New Korean films this week in Theaters and on DVD

28th February 2012

I am combining the list of new DVDs of Korean movies with the post I usually do on Tuesday, trailers of Korean movies opening in theaters.  As I said in my last post, I was away this weekend for a radio broadcast and I did not prepare the list.  So I will rectify that right now.

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There are two, possibly three, Korean films being released on DVD this week. The first is the documentary of Kim Jong-il’s life, Kim Jong-il: Forbidden Biography.  Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating:  all ages/ Format: 16:9 widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Running Time: 52 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 16,500 KRW/ Available: February 27

The second movie pictured there is Invasion of the Alien Bikini directed by Oh Yeong-doo and starring Hong Yeong-geun and Ha Eun-jeong.  Number of discs: 1/ Subtitles: Korean and English/ Rating: for ages 18+/ Format: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen/ Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0/ Running Time: 75 minutes/ Suggested Retail Price: 25,300 KRW/ Available: February 29

I mentioned that there might be three films being released on DVD.. the other one is The Magicians which had been delayed from its original December 2011 date.  The reason it is in doubt is that I have seen two other dates given since then and it is continuously being pushed back.  Information about that film is here.

New movies this week.
There are a total of 12 new movies being released in Korean theaters this week and five of these are Korean films.
First, we have the trailer for Stateless Things, directed by Kim Kyeong-mok and starring Lee Ba-wool and Yeom Hyeon-joon. Being a “queer”-themed film, it will no doubt have a limited release.

Also getting a limited release is the documentary, Welcome Back to Beast Airline 3D. As the title suggests, it features the singing group, Beast, in an encore concert.

Probably the most mainstream release this week is Love Fiction, a romance starring Ha Jeong-woo and Kong Hyo-jin.

Eighteen, Nineteen is another romance being released in theaters this week. It stars Yoo Yeon-seok and Baek Jin-hee and is directed by Bae Gwang-soo.

The last film does not have a trailer available that I have seen or a website. It is a sex-comedy called Man Hwa Bang directed by Heo Jae-hyeong and starring Lee Eun-mi and Im Ah-yeong.

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