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By 이다영

Published : March 11, 2011 - 19:22

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Red Riding Hood (U.S.)

Opening March 17

Fantasy. Horror. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves.

Dangerous Meeting (Korea)

Opening March 31

Comedy. Directed by Kim Jin-young. Hyun-joon (Song Sae-byeok) is an unsophisticated, naive cartoonist born and raised in Jeolla Province. His girlfriend, Da-hong (Lee Si-young), has a strict father who was born in Gyeongsang Province. Being the typical, gruff man of Gyeongsang, Da-hong’s father has his own sets of prejudice against the people of Jeolla and would never allow his daugther to marry a man of Jeolla origin. Not willing to give up on Da-hong because of his background, Hyun-joon makes a plan to meet her parents after going through a series of transformation to present himself as a refined Seoul man. He first tames his Jeolla accent and gets himself an expensive suit. Will Hyun-joon be able to hide his origin and marry Da-hong in the end?

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 the 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.

Morning Glory (U.S.)

Opening March 17

Comedy. Directed by Roger Michell. Becky (Rachel McAdams) is a hard-working morning TV show producer, or at least she was until she got fired. Desperate to get a job, she finally gets an interview with Jerry (Jeff Goldblum) -- who is desperate to hire a producer for the struggling show “Daybreak.” Becky accepts the job and it proves to be more difficult than she thought. She has to fire the sexist co-host, then try to convince the egotistical news reporter, Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), to take the job, and then try and get him to actually do the job, properly. And she has to do this while falling for handsome Adam (Patrick Wilson), and trying to save the show from plummeting ratings. Will Becky be able to hold on to her dream job and her sanity?

Hanji (Korea)

Opening March 17

Drama. Directed by Im Kwon-taek. Documentary producer Ji-won (Kang Soo-yeon) is making a non-fiction film about hanji, Korea’s traditional handmade paper. While traveling across the country to film paper of many different kinds, she runs into Pil-yong, (Park Joong-hoon) a low-level civil servant. Pil-yong is married to Hyo-gyeong (Ye Ji-won), who has been suffering from the effects of a stroke after being in an accident which occured largely due to Pil-yong. When Ji-won accidentally finds out Pil-yong is working on a personal project to restore one of the most precious royal documents made of hanji from the late Joseon Dynasty, she cannot help but join him. As the two enthusiastically work on the restoration process, Hyo-gyeong feels something has changed in her dutiful and devoted husband.