2014.8.22 Now PlayingThe Giver (12)
Another best-selling novel is being adapted to the big screen.
This time it’s “The Giver,” based on the novel of the same name by Lois Lowry, and starring Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.
There is no conflict, racism or sickness in the perfect world depicted in the film, and everyone in society has a specific role.
The Giver (Jeff Bridges) is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories.
However, as Jonas, a young boy living in the seemingly ideal world, starts to spend time with the protagonist, he discovers the dark and deadly truths of the community’s secret past.
Eventually, the young boy realizes that he must escape the world in order to protect himself and those he loves.
My Ordinary Love Story (19)
Romance, Comedy / 93 / Korean
Eun-jin (Kang Ye-won) struggles to make her seventh relationship work after six failed ones, but she starts to suspect her boyfriend, Hyun-seok (Song Sae-byeok), is hiding something from her and goes on a mission to find his hidden identity.
Kang of “Haeundae” (2009),“Quick” (2011), Song of “The Servant” (2010) and “Cyrano Agency” (2010) will subvert the current male-centric atmosphere at the box office with this new rom-com. Fans have already seen the two collaborate in “The Huntresses” (2013), but this time around, the actress will aim for the title of “rom-com queen” while Song will surprise viewers with some very different traits from the characters he has played in earlier films.
Back to the Sea (ALL)
Flying fish Kevin dreams of leading his family and friends to Barbados, the kingdom of flying fish.
Unfortunately, Kevin gets captured by fishermen and finds himself in the tank of a Chinese restaurant in New York City.
While planning his escape through a pipe of a sink in the kitchen, Kevin meets Shaobao, a young boy seeking an adventure. The two become friends, and Shaobao tries to get Kevin back to the sea.
The Tunnel (15)
Horror, Thriller / 86 / Korean
Ki-cheol (Song Jae-rim) takes his friends to a luxury resort owned by his father, but the group accidentally kill a janitor while there.
They decide to dispose of the body in a coal mine but get trapped in a tunnel where they hear someone whistling in the dark.
The film unfolds as the mystery man moves closer and closer to them.
Actress Jeong Yu-mi aims for the title of “horror queen” in this film.
Jeong has projected her cute, cheerful image through multiple films, TV series and the MBC reality show “We Got Married,” but the actress will show a completely different character in this movie.
Besides Jeong, viewers will also see members from two girl groups in the film, Do-hee of Tiny-G and Woo-hee of Dal Shabet.
Eighteen Noir (19)
Noir, Drama / 104 / Korean
“Eighteen Noir” is Lee Jae-eung’s first lead role, as well as his comeback film after a five-year break.
Lee, of “The Host” (2006) and “Take off” (2009), plays the role of Dong-do, an ordinary high school student who yearns to be older.
Dong-do dreams to live as if he’s in a movie, but reality is different from his ideal life.
Dong-do starts to hang out with his classmate Hyun-seung (Cha Yeop) and his friends.
He confronts conflict as he tries to fit in and finds himself embroiled in a huge fight.
Next-generation stars with acting chops Lee Yik-joon and Bae Yoo-ram also take part in the movie.
The Fault in our Stars (12)
“The Fault in Our Stars” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by John Green.
Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient, has to use a portable oxygen tank to breathe.
She meets Augustus (Ansel Elgort) at a cancer patients’ support meeting that she is forced to attend by her parents.
The two become close as they share their thoughts about and experiences with cancer.
Augustus expresses his feelings for Hazel, and she realizes that she likes him a lot, too.
He then invites her on a trip to Amsterdam, because he wants to help her meet the author of her favorite novel, who is based in the Dutch capital.
Hazel is hesitant because she knows she will hurt Augustus emotionally if she dies, and her parents and team of doctors do not think she is strong enough to travel.
But when one of her doctors convinces Hazel’s parents that she should go on the trip and live her life as fully as possible, the teenagers’ holiday to Amsterdam begins.
Up-and-coming star Shailene Woodley, of the dystopian movie “Divergent,” plays Hazel in the film.
The Pirates (12)
In “The Pirates,” director Lee Seok-hoon makes an ambitious bid to depict intense swordplay between the pirates, bandits and royal forces both at sea and on dry land.
They are on a mission to find the missing guksae, the state seal. The problem is that sometimes the plot is too jumbled to take in.
“Pirates” is a family-friendly adventure flick in the same comedic vein as “Kundo: Age of the Rampant.”
The plot follows a similar template as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, where the story line is strongly driven by the search for something with much honor or money at stake.
While the fountain of youth is the object of desire in the Hollywood blockbuster’s latest installment, in “The Pirates,” it is the guksae swallowed by a giant whale on its way back from Ming-dynasty China, which endowed the seal to the newly founded Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
The pirate clan is led by the female captain Ye-wol, played by Son Ye-jin, but it isn’t long before Kim Nam-gil as the goofy leader of the mountain bandits joins the fun.
Guardians of the Galaxy (12)
Sci-fi, Action / 122 / English
Every once in a while Vin Diesel shows his tender side by taking part in a children’s film. It’s as if he’s trying to show that he is indeed capable of other genres away from gun toting and drag racing. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is Diesel’s next soft flick.
With characters that look so ridiculously colorful they could only amuse rather than frighten, “Guardians of the Galaxy” plays out much like so many of the action fantasy films that are a hit with kids. But adults will still get a few laughs out of the narrative that also boasts Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
In the movie, Peter Quill (Diesel) is a half-human, half-alien pilot who is on the run after he stole a very mysterious orb.