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Drama, Comedy / 114 / Korean / May 1
Seha was left at an orphanage for the disabled by his relative after his mother passed away. His entire body paralyzed, he spends his life in a wheelchair and is always in need of someone to push him around. Passed around like a load of luggage nobody wants, Seha feels abandoned, but that all changes as soon as he meets Donggu.
Donggu is mentally disabled. He has the intellectual cognition of a 5-year-old. Luckily, the two seem to recognize that they were meant for each other, as it is Donggu who helps Seha do everything - from going to the bathroom to pushing his wheelchair - and Seha takes care of Donggu, patiently explaining things to Donggu over and over for him to understand.
The two become inseparable. Although they are not related by blood, the two have been there for each other for 20 years - more than enough time to become closer than brothers. Yet when the priest who takes care of the disabled at the orphanage passes away, funding gets cut. Realizing that the two are in danger of being separated, Seha is determined do whatever it takes to get attention from the media, so that the two will still be able to live together. Yet the tables turn for the two brothers as Donggu’s mother suddenly appears after seeing him on television, claiming her rights to be his legal guardian.
Seha is played by Shin Ha-kyun and Donggu is played by Lee Kwang-soo.
Ugly Dolls (G)
Animation, Adventure, Comedy / 87 / English / May 1
Based on the Ugly Dolls stuffed toys, this animated musical comedy’s protagonists all live in the secluded town of Uglyville, where all the deformed “ugly” dolls live happily together. Yet none of the dolls think that they’re “deformed” or “ugly,” as they do not know that they were not chosen due to their imperfections.
Moxy is one of the ugly dolls who still dreams of being together with a human. She and her friends soon embark on an adventure to find where they could be selected, and enter the Institute for Perfection, where human-like perfectly proportioned dolls receive training to be chosen by child owners. There, Moxy and her group of ugly doll friends learn the horrible reason why they are in Uglyville in the first place.
The dolls are voiced by famous singers and actors, such as Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts, and more.
Tadao Ando - Samurai Architect (G)
Documentary / 73 / Japanese / April 25
Water Temple in Awaji Island (Japan), the Benetton Communication Research Center in Villorba (Italy), the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth (Texas).
Anyone interested in architecture has heard some of these buildings, all of which were designed by the self-taught architect, Tadao Ando.
“It is best for the building to be as inconspicuous as possible […] What people experience in a building’s interior is more important than its exterior.”
Although Tadao did not receive any professional education, he was accepted into the world of architecture for his inherent artistry and skills.
He spent his childhood focused on boxing, but then he happened across a blueprint in a bookstore that captivated him. With the dream of becoming an architect, he traveled to Europe. After endless research and study, he introduces new styles of buildings that the world has never seen.
The documentary shows how Tadao managed to become the respected architect that he is today.
Animation / 79 / Korean / April 25
Pororo and his friends are off on another adventure, this time to a mystic treasure island!
When Pororo and his friends come across a treasure map, they are determined to reach their destination and find the treasure that many before them have failed to discover.
On the island, they meet Captain Silver, who had gone missing while trying to find the treasure himself. They put their heads together to finally figure out the answer to the riddle that they needed to solve to find the final location. But it turns out they were not the only ones on the hunt, because soon enough they run into the evil Captain Black and his monsters who are also on the trail.
Will Pororo and his friends be able to find the legendary treasure before Captain Black’s team?
Avengers: Endgame (12)
Action, Science Fiction / 181 / English / April 24
Over 7 million tickets sold in local box office, the endgame truly lives up to the expectations of the Marvel fans, as the admission number continues to grow ever larger.
The ending scene of the “Avengers: Infinity War” had left the audience in dismay: as Thanos had promised, exactly half of the population of the universe - including Earth’s population - turned to dust right in front of the eyes of the other surviving half. Although Thor managed to drive his new ultimate weapon, “Stormbreaker,” right into Thanos’s heart, the villain still survived and disappeared with his gauntlet after the snap.
In this grand finale, the remaining heroes get together to defeat the supervillain. The film is starred by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, and many more.
Drama / 108 / Korean / April 18
In a secluded island village in Jeolla, there lives a family of three: Sun-ok, the mother, and siblings Ki-kang and Ki-sun.
Ki-kang is infamous in the small town for being a troublemaker, which is why Sun-ok wants nothing from her son except for him to stay as far away as possible from any mischief. Yet her beloved son has other ideas.
“Mom, you just wait and see what kind of man I become,” Ki-kang tells his mom as he leaves home to go to the city. But Ki-kang later becomes a criminal and is sentenced to death.
Knowing that he could now die any day, Ki-kang lives in despair, without any hope until he one day receives a letter from his mother who doesn’t even know how to read.
“No matter what the world is saying […] I will always love you, because I’m your mother.”
The troublemaker son is portrayed by actor Son ho-jun who first rose to fame through the popular tvN drama series “Reply 1994” (2013). The mother is played by big-name actor Kim Hye-sook, who has portrayed diverse roles in films like “The Handmaiden” (2016) and “The Thieves” (2012).
Action, Adventure / 123 / English / March 6
Marvel Studios is back with its first female-led blockbuster, starring actors Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.
Carol Danvers (Larson) - who later becomes Captain Marvel - is a half-human, half-Kree warrior who works for the Kree Starforce. Yet after an accidental explosion that occurs while she is trying to save her colleague, Mar-vell, she can no longer recall her past.
Amid a long-time galactic war between the Kree and the Skrulls - the former’s rival alien race - Danvers and her team are sent on a mission involving a fight with the Skrulls. However, Danvers is caught by the rival, and while she manages to escape the creatures, she accidentally lands on Earth.
There, she realizes that several Skrulls have camouflaged themselves to hide on Earth and embarks on a quest to capture them before they threaten humans. In the process, she teams up with Nick Fury, an agent of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the movie also provides a connection between “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and the film currently dominating the box offices around the world, “Avengers: Endgame.”
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