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By Korea Herald
  • Published : May 24, 2013 - 20:44
  • Updated : May 24, 2013 - 20:44
Secretly Greatly

Opening June 5

Action. Comedy. Drama. Directed by Jang Cheol-soo.

In a film based on a popular webtoon with the same title published in 2010 by Hun, three handsome North Korean spies Won Ryu-hwan (Kim soo-hyun), Rhee Hae-rang (Park Ki-woong), and Rhee Hae-jin (Lee Hyun-woo) from the elite special corps 5446 are ambitiously dispatched to South Korea. They disguise themselves as a fool, a rock star-wannabe, and a high school student. While waiting for orders from the North, they gradually get used to living as ordinary citizens. One day, they receive a mission. After South Korea demands that Pyongyang turn in its top 30 secret agents in the South, the North commands them to kill themselves. Meanwhile, their army instructor Kim Tae-won (Son Hyun-ju) crosses the border to eliminate those who refuse to follow the order.

Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Opening May 30

Drama. Directed by Nam Taek-su

A young troubled celebrity Chug-ui (Lee Hong-ki) is sentenced to 300 hours of community service at a hospice where the patients drink, smoke, and even go clubbing. While Chung-ui is being sloppy and tries to escape from Anna (Baek Jin-hee) who nags him over every single thing he does, Anna offers him a deal to double count his volunteering hours if he helps the hospice band “Phoenix” participate in a rock band audition. Although they all know they could die any day, the patients put their hearts and souls into the band.

The Fast and the Furious 6

Opened May 23

Action. Crime. Thriller. Directed by Justin Lin.

Members of the professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) have retired following their successful heist of $100 million, but are scattered across the globe as wanted fugitives. Meanwhile, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offers to clear their criminal records in exchange for help taking down an extremely skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and a ruthless second-in-command Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dominic’s lover who had been thought dead. For the last chance to return home and make the family whole again, Dominic assembles his elite team in London. The only way to win is to outmatch the targets at street level. 


Opened May 16.

Thriller. Drama. Directed by Jeong Keun-seob.

A kidnapper disappeared 15 years ago without a trace. Five days before the case’s statute of limitations expires, someone anonymously leaves a flower at the crime scene. A few days later, another kidnapping takes place using the same method on a similar target. Three people team up to solve the case before it’s too late: the grandfather (Song Young-chang), who lost his granddaughter right in front of him, the mother (Uhm Jung-hwa), who has been searching for the person who abducted her daughter 15 years ago, and the detective with a guilty conscience (Kim Sang-kyung), who puts everything into this long-unsolved case. 

Dear Dolphin

Opened May 16.

Romance. Drama. Fantasy. Directed by Kang Jin-a.

One year since my love left, still I stay with her in my fantasy. Cha-kyung (Han Ye-ri) and Hyuk-geun (Lee Hui-joon) are a lovely couple. Although Cha-kyung’s best friend Gi-ok (Rie Young-zin) falls secretly in love with Hyuk-geun at first sight, no problem arises. But one summer night, everything changes: Cha-kyung dies in a car accident, leaving her boyfriend Hyuk-geun in great sorrow. One year after losing his love, Hyuk-geun still waits for her to return. Gi-ok pretends she has overcome her best friend’s death and slowly begins to express her feelings toward Hyuk-geun. However, in denial of the reality, Hyuk-geun creates a fantasy in his mind where he and Cha-kyung secretly share their everyday life. To wake Hyuk-geun from the illusion, Gi-ok puts herself in the same accident as Cha-kyung.

Boomerang Family

Opened May 9.

Comedy. Drama. Directed by Song Hae-sung.

The film is based on the novel “Aging Family” by Cheon Myung-gwan. A trio of grown-up siblings moves back into their mother’s home. In-mo (Park Hae-il) is a 40-year-old movie director who has been jobless since his debut film turned into a box-office disaster. Moreover, his marriage collapses due to his wife’s affair. Eldest son Han-mo (Yoon Je-moon), 44, is an unemployed ex-gangster with five criminal convictions who has been living with his mother for a while. Youngest daughter Mi-yeon (Kong Hyo-jin) is 35, preparing for her third marriage, and has a rebellious 15-year-old daughter (Jin Ji-hee). Their 69-year-old mother (Youn Yuh-jung), a door-to-door cosmetics saleswoman, never criticizes her children. She only asks them to eat well. Her company and food inspire her children to step out of misery.