Theatrical Releases in 2011
Heartbeat ["Simjang-yi dduinda"] 심장이 뛴다. Thriller/Drama. Written and directed by Yoon Jae-geun. A desperate mother of an eight-year-old girl with terminal heart disease miraculously discovers a brain-dead donor. However, the donor's ne'er-do-well son refuses to sign the release form. Starring Kim Youn-jin, Park Hae-il. Music by Bang Joon-seok, Boksoonga. Special Effects Makeup by Sin Jae-ho. An Ozon Film Production. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment. Sold internationally by Finecut. Rating: 15+. 114 minutes. January 6.
¡Amor revolucion! [ "Kuba-eui yeon-in"] 쿠바의 연인. Documentary. Directed by Jeong Ho-hyun. A documentary filmmaker whose original plan was to explore the lives of Korean diaspora in Cuba is compelled to make another movie when she falls in love with a Cuban gentleman a decade younger than her. Distributed by Cinema Dal. 93 minutes. Rating: 15+. January 13.
Invisible 2: Chasing the Ghost Sound ["Gwisin sori chatgi"] 귀신소리 찾기. Horror/Short film. Written and directed by Yoo Joon-seok. A cable TV production team working for a supernatural-themed reality show attempts to record the voice of an alleged ghost, but the tensions mount as professional stances of the team members escalate to personal conflicts. Starring Jeong Eui-soon, Kim Wang-geun, Jeong Heui-tae. Distributed by Indiestory. 40 minutes. Rating: 15+. January 13.
Glove ["Geuleobeu"] 글러브. Sports/Drama. Directed by Kang Woo-seok. Written by Kim Ki-beom, Sin Dong-ik. Kim Sang-nam, a pro baseball player with serious anger management issues, ends up coaching a baseball team made up of deaf children. Starring Jeong Jae-young, Yoo Seon, Kang Sin-il, Jo Jin-woong. A Cinema Service Production. Distributed and sold internationally by CJ Entertainment. 144 minutes. Rating: General. January 20.
Be My Guest ["Joogireo gamnida"] 죽이러 갑니다. Horror/Comedy. Written and directed by Park Soo-young. President Eom and his family are isolated in a cabin and threatened by a worker fired from his company, whose interpretation of the expression "heads will roll" is altogether too literal. Starring Lee Kyung-young, Kim Jin-soo, Kim Byung-choon, Kim Kkot-bi. A Barunsaenghwal Production. Distributed by Mountain Pictures. 78 minutes. Rating: 18+. January 20.
Detective K ["Joseon Myungtamjeong: Gaksi-tugu-kkot eui bimil"] 조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀. Mystery/Historical Drama/Comedy. Directed by Kim Seok-yoon. Written by Lee Choon-hyeong and Lee Nam-gyu. Cinematography by Jang Nam-cheol. Music by Kim Han-jo, Eom Gi-yeop. Costume Design by Gwon Yoo-jin. During the reign of King Jeongjo, a secret detective investigates a corruption scheme among government officials. Starring Kim Myeong-min, O Dal-soo, Han Jee-min. A Cheongnyeon Film/Withus Film Co-Production. Distributed and sold internationally by Showbox Mediaplex. 115 minutes. Rating: 12+. January 27.
Battlefield Heroes ["Pyeongyang-seong"] 평양성. Historical Drama/Comedy. Directed by Lee Jun-ik. Written by Jo Cheol-hyun and O Seung-hyun. Music by Kim Joon-seok. Art Direction by Sagongheui. Production Design by Gang Seung-yong. Special Makeup Effects by Lee Chang-man and Lee Myeong-ok. In this sequel to Once Upon A Time in the Battlefield (2003), the old Silla general Kim Yoo-sin allies himself with Tang Chinese to fell Koguryo Kingdom's last defense perimeter, the Pyongyang Castle. Starring Jeong Jin-yeong, Lee Mun-sik, Ryoo Seung-ryong, Yoon Je-moon, Seon Woo-seon. A Tiger Pictures Production. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment. Sold internationally by M-Line Distribution. 117 minutes. Rating: 12+. January 27.
* For information about upcoming Korean movies, visit http://www.koreanfilm.org/new.html
Box-Office Admission Results
|Release date||Film Title||Nationwide|
|Jan 13||¡Amor revolucion!||N/A|
|Jan 13||Invisible 2: Chasing the Ghost Sound||N/A|
|Jan 20||Be My Guest||N/A|
|Jan 27||Battlefield Heroes||N/A|
|Jan 27||Detective K||N/A|
* Source: Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
Note that from 2007 on, listed screen totals are nationwide, not for Seoul.