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Published : March 25, 2011 - 19:25

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I Am a Dad (Korea)

Opening April 14

Action. Directed by Lee Se-young and Jeon Man-bae. Jong-sik (Kim Seung-woo) is a detective whose daughter is in need of a heart transplant. Finding it impossible to afford the expensive operation for his daughter, Jong-sik receives a bribe from illegal human organ traders and drops their murder charges for them. A man named Sang-man (Sohn Byeong-ho) is falsely charged instead and tried. After he spends two years in jail, the court finally acquits Sang-man and releases him. Enraged, Sang-man plans to find Jong-sik and take revenge. Meanwhile, Jong-sik has been looking for a possible donor heart for his little girl. But when the hospital finally informs him they’ve found one matching heart for the procedure, Jong-sik also finds out the heart belongs to Sang-man’s wife.

Never Let Me Go (U.K., U.S.)

Opening April 7

Drama. Directed by Mark Romanek. Sheltered teens Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) all grew up in a remote English boarding school, and now they are desperate to explore the real world. Their dreams of freedom are soon shattered, however, upon learning that they are nothing more than clones created specifically for organ harvesting. Now, aside from confronting their own mortality, all three try to come to terms with unfulfilled longings while pondering their true purpose for living. This film is an adaptation of author Kazuo Ishiguro’s sci-fi novel of the same name.

My Rainy Days (Japan)

Opened March 24

Drama. Directed by Yuri Kanchiku. Rio (Nozomi Sasaki) is a well-off, beautiful high school girl who is admired by most of her classmates. Though it seems like she’s got it all, Rio hasn’t overcome her traumatic past. Sexually abused and bullied as a child, Rio finds it difficult to open up to others and share her real feelings. She works as an underage prostitute, enjoying the pricey clothes and jewelry she gets from her older clients. Yet things begin to change one rainy day when she accidentally runs into Kouki (Shousuke Tanihara), a university professor who suffers from fatal brain tumor.

Julia’s Eyes (Spain)

Opening March 31

Horror. Directed by Guillem Morales. Julia (Belen Rueda) and her sister Sara have both inherited a medical condition that is slowly robbing them of their eyesight, with stress severely aggravating the condition. When Julia gets the news that Sara has died, she has a hard time believing the police report that she committed suicide. Julia and her husband Isaac (Lluis Homar) soon begin looking into the case. As Julia examines the particulars of her sister’s death, she starts to suspect the actions of Sara’s neighbor Blasco (Boris Ruiz), and his daughter Lia (Andrea Hermosa). As she becomes more convinced that Sara’s neighbors were involved in her death, and as she comes closer to discovering what is tied to Sara’s death, Julia inches closer to total blindness.

The Way Back (Korea)

Opening April 7

Drama. Directed by Steve Lee. Seon-il (Yoo Seon-il) had been on a trip for a year after losing his best friend in an accident. When he finally returns to daily life, his old circle of friends -- who also grieved over the death of Seon-il’s friend -- finds him aloof and different. Seon-il and the group of friends try to maintain their friendship, but things aren’t the same anymore. Meanwhile, Seon-il finds himself attracted to a girl named Ji-soo (Park Grina). As he spends more time with her, Seon-il is surprised at how happy he can be even after the death of his beloved friend. Yet an unexpected event makes Seon-il realize he simply cannot be the same person he was before.