The Great Actor
The ace supporting star in Korean cinema, Oh Dal-Su graces screens as the leading man for the very first time. Directed by Seok Min-Woo, it follows a small-time actor who performs in children’s plays, and concocts a lie about being involved in a big film with a famed director and a major star, his friend 20 years earlier.
Oh Dal-Su, whose name has become synonymous with hits in Korea, has appeared in numerous films, including Old Boy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Thirst, The Thieves, Miracle in Cell No.7, The Attorney, Ode to My Father. He recently featured in Veteran and Assassination that netted almost 40 million admissions, according to KOFIC.
Director Seok, who was an assistant director on major films, including Park Chan-Wook’s Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK and Thirst, as well as Kim Ji-Woon’s I Saw The Devil, is all set to mark his debut as a director on Mar 30.
A new indie drama, directed by Park Suk-Young, opens with the rattle of the luggage wheels. Ha-Dam, a penniless young girl, drags her belongings through the wintry climes of Busan, in search of work. When she strolls by a dance studio, the sound of tap dancing mesmerizes her. The fascination with the rhythm of tap dancing touches her heart like magic.
It debuted at BIFF last year, and received a Special Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival and Grand Prize at the Seoul Independent Film Festival.
Steel Flower opens nationwide on Apr 7.
Starring Han Hyo-Joo, Yoo Yeon-Seok and Chun Woo-Hee, all of whom appeared in the melodrama The Beauty Inside (2016).
Set in the 1940s, towards the end of the Japanese colonial era, it features Han as a gisaeng (Korean geisha) noted for her beauty and talent who fancies the idea of becoming a singer. Chun plays another gisaeng while Yoo appears as an illustrious songwriter and producer.
New star Chun starred in the critically-acclaimed indie drama Han Gong-Ju (2014), which netted her several best actress awards.
Director Park Heung-Shik recently helmed the period action Memories of the Sword (2015), featuring Lee Byung-Hun and Jeon Do-Yeon.
Love, Lies opens nationwide on Apr 13.
My New Sassy Girl
My Sassy Girl (2001), directed by Kwak Jae-Yong, was a huge hit across Asia and launched Jun Ji-Hyun and Cha Tae-Hyu into stardom.
15 years after its release, the hotly-anticipated sequel My New Sassy Girl premieres this spring.
Cha Tae-Hyun returns as Gyun-Woo who reunites with his first love from elementary school. He rekindles his romance and ties the knot with her.
Victoria Song is a Chinese singer and member of the K-pop girl group f(x), and makes her film debut as Cha’s first love in the film.
My New Sassy Girl, Korea-China co-produced and directed by Jo Geun-Shik who grabbed his megaphone a decade after the Lee Byung-Hun romantic drama Once in a Summer (2006), is set to open in China on Apr 22, followed by Korea on May 5.
Directed by Na Hong-Jin of The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010) that made his status as one of the most promising directors and put him on the global map.
Featuring Hwang Jung-Min, star of the best commercial Korean films A Violent Prosecutor and Veteran, it follows a detective and a shaman who seek to unearth the truth behind a series of murders in a country village following the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
Gokseong opens nationwide on May 12.