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The Land of Seonghye (12)
Drama/ 118/ Korean/ Jan. 30

Twenty-nine-year-old Seong-hye is still unemployed and lives in a half-underground basement. Although she has experience interning at a large corporate, she was encouraged to quit after her boss sexually harassed her.

Now she’s living a life full of part-time jobs, such as newspaper delivery and working as a cashier in convenience stores. Her boyfriend, Seung-hwan, who is busy preparing for a civil service exam, doesn’t offer the support that she needs, and Seong-hye fails every job interview she applies for.

She lives numbly, without any passion or happiness for life, when disaster strikes once more; but before she can crumble, she is faced with the life-altering opportunity of obtaining 500 million won ($424,000).

Through the relationships that Seong-hye has and forms, the film tends to shed light on several social issues that young people in their 20s in Korea are likely to sympathize with.

Air Doll (15)
Drama, Romance, Fantasy/ 116/ Japanese/ Jan. 30

Nozomi is an inflatable sex doll created to fill the void that her owner feels from a lack of human interaction. Unbeknownst to her owner, however, Nozomi is able to come to life when he’s not around. Curious about the world, she dresses herself in maid’s outfit and goes outside during the day.

In one of her little expeditions, she discovers that she has emotions after she feels attracted to a video store worker named Junichi. To see him more often, she takes the part-time job at the store. Nozomi begins to dream, love, and have emotions like a human. But she also has to experience what it is like to show her worst self to the person she loves when her arm is accidentally ripped at the store and Junichi sees her slowly deflating…

Korean actor Bae Doo-na portrayed the air doll Nozomi.


The Man Standing Next (15)
Drama/ 114/ Korean/ Jan. 22

On Oct. 26, 1979, Kim Gyu-pyung, the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) shoots president Park Chung Hee in the head and kills him.

Forty days prior to this event, ex-KCIA director Park Yong-gak creates a wave of confusion in America when he reveals the extent of president Park’s dictatorship to the world.

While Kim and the president’s chief bodyguard Kwak Sang-chun clash over how to resolve the matter, the president seems to favor Kwak over Kim. Pressure begins to build up for Kim when the distance between him and the president seems to grow.

Based on a real life assassination of former President Park, the film takes the audience along during his final 40 days and shows what led the second most powerful person in the country, Kim, to make the choice he did.

The film has a star-studded cast including Lee Byung-hun, who portrays Kim Gyu-pyung, Lee Sung-min as the president, Kwak Do-won as Park Yong-gak and Lee Hee-jun as Kwak Sang-chun.

Hitman: Agent Jun (15)
Comedy, Action/ 110/ Korean/ Jan. 22

Agent Jun of the National Intelligence Agency (NIS) is sure to be one of a kind: he quit his job to pursue his passion in comics.

But the reality is that he only receives bad reviews and comments on each web comic series he draws.

Disappointed, he one day gets very drunk and draws NIS’s top confidential knowledge in one of his web comics and it gets published to all of his readers.

To make matters worse, that comic series becomes a viral hit online and the agency’s top secret is accessible to everyone who reads it. Although he becomes a hit artist overnight, he also becomes a double target from his former workplace and a terrorist organization that NIS is trying to catch.

Now, Jun must awaken his senses from his hit man days and do everything he can to survive.


Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP (12)
Comedy, Drama/ 113/ Korean/ Jan. 22

NIS agent Zoo Tae-joo is an elite member of his team and the agency who is on the brink of being promoted.

However, when the very important mission to guard the VIP (Very Important Panda) that China sent to Korea fails, he is stripped of his badge and is ordered to stay off the case.

On the day that the panda is kidnapped, Zoo gets in a car accident that suddenly bestows him with the ability to talk to and understand animals. Although he used to despise animals, Zoo slowly learns to cooperate with his animal friends to find the missing panda before diplomatic relations with China go sour.

Lee Sung-min plays the top NIS agent Zoo Tae-joo, and the animals in the film are voiced by actors Shin Ha-kyun, Yoo In-na, Park Jun-hyung, Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun and Lee Sun-jae.


Secret Zoo (12)
Comedy/ 117/ Korean/ Jan. 15

Tae-soo is a temporary lawyer struggling to find a permanent position in a corporate law firm when he is suddenly given the chance to do so under one condition: he must save the failing Dongsan Park zoo.

But with the main animals all sold off to another zoo, Tae-soo comes up with a crazy solution: to dress people up and pretend to be animals to attract visitors.

Tae-soo and four other zoo workers each take up the roles of a polar bear, a gorilla, a lion, a sloth and a giraffe and manage to deceive the visitors. And when Tae-soo, dressed as the polar bear, drinks a bottle of cola thrown by one of the visitors, the zoo becomes famous.

Can they manage to continue pulling off the stunt without raising any suspicions?

Tae-soo is played by Ahn Jae-hong, the star of the hit tvN drama series “Reply 1988.” The other zoo workers are played by Kang So-ra, Park Young-gyu, Jeon Yeo-bin and Kim Sung-oh.
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