2019.8.22 Now Playing
Drama, Family/ 92/ Korean/ Aug. 22
Twelve-year-old Ha-na’s greatest trouble of her short life is that she has to fall asleep every night listening to her parents yelling at each other.
Sisters Yu-mi and Yu-jin hate moving so often: They have already lived in seven different homes and genuinely hope that they can finally settle in the one they’re in.
The three girls live in the same town and come across each other during summer vacation, becoming close while sharing their fears and worries about their families. When the sisters are again faced with the possibility of moving while Ha-na’s parents are on the brink of divorce, Ha-na becomes determined to protect them all.
The trio will do whatever it takes to show the adults that they need to stay together in order to overcome whatever hardships or obstacles that come their way.
Child actors Kim Na-yeon, Kim Si-ah and Joo Ye-rim play Ha-na, Yu-mi and Yu-jin. While Kim Na-yeon and Joo Ye-rim are making their film debut, Kim Si-ah played a lead role in highly praised “Miss Baek” (2018).
Hello, My Cat (All)
Family, Fantasy, Drama/ 97/ Korean/ Aug. 22
This film tells the stories of four very different cats with their respective owners: Sarang, who needs to comfort her 20-year-old owner recovering from her first break-up; Bok-daeng, whose presence becomes the only ray of sunshine in one lonely father’s life; Su-yeon, whose human friend Su-jeong wants badly to adopt her from the streets but her parents won’t let her; and last but not least, Sun-ja, who lives with the elderly Seok-bong who believes that his wife reincarnated in the form of a cat.
The stories of these four cats and their owners will bring smiles to audiences’ faces.
The cat named Sarang is voiced by singer Kim Hee-chul, a member of the boy band Super Junior.
Jesters: The Game Changers (12)
Drama/ 108/ Korean/ Aug. 21
King Sejo, the seventh King of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) is at the end of his reign: His power over the people is growing weak, the King worries that he won’t be able to safely pass the throne on to his son.
During this time, Han Myeong-hoi, the King’s most loyal servant and trusted adviser, hears about the five jesters who can spin any story they want into the truth. Seeing that the quintet is the key to shaping public opinion of the King, Han gives them a mission to spread impressive stories about the King, who is trying to rehabilitate his image after taking the throne from his own nephew.
Han’s intuition turns out to be right - the clever jesters can create whatever illusions they want, and 40 events that they orchestrated are recorded in the Records of King Sejo in the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty as series of God-sent signs that the King is indeed worthy of his royal title.
Inspired by the 40 bizarre happenings recorded in the Records of King Sejo, actors Park Hee-soon, Son Hyun-joo, Kim Seul-ki, Cho Jin-woong and Go Chang-suk play the lead roles in the film.
Horror, Thriller/ 113/ Korean/ Aug. 21
Horrible things begin to happen to a family after a demon latches on to their home - the catch is that this particular demon can take on the form of any member of the family, creating confusion, anger and resentment among the four of them as the demon works hard to manipulate them.
Amongst the chaos, the children’s uncle, an exorcist priest, comes to the rescue and tries to extract the demon out of their lives - but can they distinguish the real person from the demon?
Veteran actors Bae Sung-woo, Sung Dong-il and Jang Young-nam play the uncle, father and mother, while rookie actors Kim Hye-jun and Cho Yi-hyun play the two daughters. Kim previously appeared in “Another Child” (2019), which was directed by actor-turned director Kim Yoon-suk.
Fast & Furious Presents:
Hobbs & Shaw (12)
Action/ 136/ English/ Aug. 14
Unlikely allies team up to save the world- again: Meet veteran cop and spy agent Luke Hobbs, who himself has saved the world four times, and Deckard Shaw, a former elite spy agent fired for anger management issues.
In this spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw are forced to work together to fight a terrorist organization that is planning on releasing a fatal virus to wipe off humanity from the face of the earth. Things get even more complicated when Shaw’s sister Hattie Shaw - also a spy agent - injects herself with the virus to become the dormant carrier.
The trio must now find the extraction device that will safely destroy the virus, all to be accomplished while keeping the terrorists at bay. If it fails, Hattie will have to be killed or else the lives of millions will perish.
Actors Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham return to the film to resume their roles, while Vanessa Kirby takes on the role of Hattie Shaw. She was previously in “Mission Impossible- Fallout” (2018).
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