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Sci-fi/ 169/ English
Directed by Christopher Nolan of “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), this grand space opera boasts stunning visuals and a touching father-daughter love story. Oscar-winning actors Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway star in the film, along with Jessica Chastain.
The movie starts out in the near future, when famine has forced humanity into an agrarian way of life.
Cooper (McConaughey), once an engineer and pilot, lives as a farmer with his daughter and son when he is drafted by Dr. Brand (Caine) and his daughter (Hathaway) on a mission into deep space to find an inhabitable planet that can sustain life.
With nearly a three-hour run time, “Interstellar” doesn’t disappoint and is sure to captivate audiences with its vivid depictions of the galaxy.
The film also contains moments of extraordinary poignancy, with the focus on love and familial bonds.
If the 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity” left a lingering impression, then “Interstaller” is sure to please, offering viewers a realistic depiction of deep space with a heart-wrenching story to boot.
The space epic took more than 70 percent of the domestic office box in presales this week.
Fashion King (15)
A number of webtoons have recently made their way to the small and silver screens in Korea; now, the webtoon “Fashion King” has been made into a feature film following the success of the Internet comic, which received more than 500 million hits and boasts an ever-increasing fan base.
The film promises to be an upbeat coming-of-age story, and combines a coveted array of fashion and an impressive cast, starring Joo Won and idol-actress Sulli.
The plot unfolds when loner Ki-myeong (Joo Won) transfers high schools and meets the beautiful and popular Hye-jin (Park Sae-young). Determined to win his crush’s affection, he sets out on a mission to transform his image to her liking. Meanwhile, Sulli takes on her first role lead as Eun-jin, an ugly duckling who secretly has feelings for Ki-myeong.
As the protagonist attempts to upgrade his fashion sense, along the way he makes true friends, which include mentor-like figure Jung-nam (Kim Sung-oh).
But he soon catches the ire of Won-ho (Ahn Jae-hyun), the coolest guy in school who also happens to be Hye-jin’s boyfriend.
Predictably, a fateful fashion showdown between the two ensues.
Who will emerge as the next “Fashion King?”
Glory for Everyone (All)
Documentary/ 87/ Korean
“Glory for Everyone” depicts the six-year journey of Heemang FC, a soccer team for impoverished boys sponsored by a local welfare organization in South Gyeongsang, and presents a touching message about dreams and passion.
The boys’ first coach, Park Cheol-woo, strives to teach them that they can succeed in sports despite their background, though his strict coaching methods soon lead some of the children to lose their motivation and leave the club.
The team finds inspiration, however, after new coach Kim Tae-geun signs on and encourages them to enjoy the game rather than focus on commercial success.
The boys go on to emerge as a dark horse and are eventually matched with the best team in South Gyeongsang County in tournament play.
Director Yim Yoo-choen carefully illustrates the team’s growth while offering his audience a glimpse of the boys’ individual lives. Inspiring and heart-warming, “Glory for Everyone” reminds us that it’s never too late to stop dreaming.
The Boxtrolls (All)
Based on the novel “Here Be Monsters!” by Alan Snow, “The Boxtrolls” transports moviegoers to Cheesebridge, where its residents worship cheese, even using it as a type of currency.
(In Cheesebridge, if you can afford to bring Brie to a party, it means you’ve made it.)
The film tells the story of a boy called Eggs, who was raised by Boxtrolls, an underground people who come out at night to scavenge through the garbage for useful objects.
But when pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher strikes a deal with the town’s mayor, Lord Portley-Rind, to exterminate the Boxtrolls in exchange for a seat on the White Hats, a local cheese-lovers’ council, the orphaned boy finds himself in a tough situation. As rumors spread that the Boxtrolls are out to eat the town’s children, Eggs teams up with the mayor’s daughter and the two hatch a plan to save his subterranean friends.
The plot line satirizes societal hierarchy without being didactic and makes for a funny and enjoyable flick. A clever stop-motion animation, “The Boxtrolls” gives its audience ample chance to reflect on what identity and family really mean.
Renowned actress Kim Young-ae stars as the elderly matriarch in this film directed by Lee Don-ku, who made his blistering debut with “Fatal” (2013).
The movie centers around the destruction of a family following a series of life-altering events. In it, Kim plays Soon-im, who lives with her two daughters and son-in-law.
When her eldest, Young-hee (Do Ji-won), gives a birth to a child, the family appears happy and content.
However, things quickly take a dark turn when the baby’s life is taken in a tragic accident.
Young-hee and her husband move out, leaving Soon-im to care for herself. Her Alzheimer’s worsens as her younger daughter Kkot-ip (Kim So-eun) becomes the target of school bullying.
Feeling as though she has no one to turn to, Kkot-ip makes a difficult choice.
“Entangled” is not for the faint of heart and - like “Fatal” - is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Tuning Forks (15)
Drama, family/ 105/ Korean
Actor-director Choo Sang-rok tells the story of Gui-yim (Lee Ok-hee), who is forced to serve as a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel during World War II.
At the end of her harrowing ordeal, Giu-yim is left in China following Korea’s independence, where she lives with her granddaughter Hyang-ok (Jo An).
But their only hope for survival is sending Hyang-ok to Korea.
The film depicts Gui-yum’s traumatic experiences as a sexual slave during Japanese occupation and how her life and family members were affected by the war, while tracing Hyang-ok’s life as a Korean-Chinese resident in Korea.
The film sends the strong message that the plight of Korea’s former comfort women has not yet been fully recognized or compensated.
The movie’s production crew and actors worked on the production pro bono, they said, in the hopes of shedding light on an ongoing historical issue that has for so long been left neglected.