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Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 2012 Korean Releases

This monthly features previews the coming month's attractions in Korean cinema. All of these monthly posts are available in an archive on the Upcoming Releases page.

July 5


July 12

Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley
Dangerously Excited
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Two Moons
Venus in Furs

July 19

Tears of the Antarctic
The 5-Million-Dollar Man
Ukelele Love Together

July 25

The Thieves

July 26

Horror Stories



Director:  Park Jeong-woo
Screenwriter:   Park Jeong-woo
Cast:   Kim Kyeong-min, Kim Dong-wan, Moon Jeong-hee, Lee Honey
Release date:  June 5

A disaster film with killer insects, need I say more?  I'm there!

Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley

Director:  Ji Ha-jean
Screenwriter: Ji Ha-jean
Cast: Kim Kyeong-min, Kim Dong-wan, Moon Jeong-hee, Lee Honey
Synopsis: The story is pretty basic and centers around a man who lost his family as a child and has just been released from prison following 12 year of incarceration. Naturally he is hellbent on revenge...
Release Date: June 12

Dangerously Excited

Director:  Koo Ja-hong
Cast:  Yoon Je-moon, Kim Byeol, Seong Joon
Synopsis:   Han Dae-hee is a straight-laced and coolheaded civil servant who hasn't lost in temper in 10 years, fearing for for his mental health.  He crosses paths with an unruly indie band and suddenly his patience and tolerance is brought to its limit.
Release date:  July

Sex, Lies and Videotape

Director:  Bong Man-dae
Cast:  Lee Moo-saeng, Go Soo-hee
Synopsis:  An erotic comedy set in the late 1990s with the introduction of pornography into the Korean market.
Release date:  July 12

Two Moons

Director:  Kim Dong-bin
Screenplay: Lee Jong-ho
Cast:  Park Han-byeol, Kim Ji-seok, Park Jin-joo
Synopsis:  Three character meet one night and become stranded together in a house in the woods.
Release date:  July 12

Venus in Furs 

Director:  Song Yae-sup
Screenplay: Song Yae-sup
Cast:  Seo Jeong, Baek Hyeon-jin
Synopsis:  A film director becomes entranced with a woman and asks her to become his muse, she accepts but soon he becomes consumed by her as she exerts more and more control, eventually turning him into her slave.
Release date:  July 12

Tears in the Antarctic 3D

Director:  Kim Jae-yeong, Kim Jin-man
Release Date: July 19

A theatrical of the final episode of MBC's Tears.

A Millionaire on the Run

Director:  Kim Ik-ro
Screenplay: Cheon Seong-il
Cast:  Park Jin-young, Jo Seung-ha, Min Hyo-rin, Jo Hee-bong
Synopsis:  A man with aspiration to become a singer is asked to transport 5 million dollars to a certain party but he finds out that the very person who charged him with the task is planning to kill him and take the money for himself.
Release date:  July 19

Ukelele Love Together

Director:  No Hyo-doo
Cast:  Kim Yun-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Gianna Jun, Oh Dal-soo
Synopsis:  A documentary about that most joyful of instruments, the ukulele! The doc follows an amateur ukelele group composed of 20 members from different parts of society.
Release date:  July 19

The Thieves

Director:  Choi Dong-hun
Cast:  Kim Yun-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae, Gianna Jun, Oh Dal-soo
Synopsis:  Pepsi and Macau Park are looking to pull off one big score before getting married but things go wrong and she winds up in jail while he exiles himself in Macau.  Later she goes to Macau with Popeye, a former partner of Macau Park and Anycall to steal a diamond, but they're not the only ones after it.
Release date:  July 25

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated Korean film of the year, Choi Dong-hun returns with his fourth film which seems to channel his biggest success 2006's Tazza: The High Rollers.  The huge cast and the location photography do make this an exciting project, let's just hope it doesn't go the route of some of 2011's most notable blockbuster blunders.

Horror Stories

Director:  Hong Ji-yong, Im Dae-woong, Jeong Beom-sik, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Min Gyoo-dong
Cast:  Kim Hyeon-soo, No Kang-min, Ra Mi-ran, and many more...
Synopsis:  Omnibus horror film following a girl who is kidnapped by a person intending to kill her. To survive she must tell him the scariest stories she knows.
Release date:  July 26

Will open PiFan this year on July 19.


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