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Published : Feb. 3, 2012 - 19:51

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Love Fiction (Korea), Opening Feb. 29

Comedy. Directed by Jeon Gye-soo. Thirty-one-year-old writer Joo-wol (Ha Jeong-woo) has never dated before ― the idealistic and picky man has been searching for the “perfect woman.” That perfect woman appears to be Hee-jin (Gong Hyo-jin), a successful, career-driven woman working in the film industry. He instantly falls for her the first day they meet, and desperately tries to win her heart. When he finally does, however, he begins to see Hee-jin’s hidden flaws.

Papa (Korea), Opened Feb. 1

Comedy. Directed by Han Ji-seung. Chun-seob (Park Yong-woo), who used to be a high-earning representative of a popular idol singer, now lives as an illegal immigrant in the U.S. The singer he used to work with ran away with all the money to the U.S., and Chun-seob, without a proper visa, failed to get a hold of her in the foreign country. One day, Chun-seob runs into a young girl named Joon (Go Ara), who is in need of a guardian in order to live with her ‘siblings’ all in the same house together. Joon’s ‘siblings’ consist of five young men and women of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Chun-seob agrees to be their guardian, so he can eventually get legal status in the States, while Joon and her siblings reluctantly accept him as their parent figure.

I Don’t Know How She Does It (U.S.), Opened Feb. 2

Comedy. Directed by Douglas McGrath. Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) is one busy woman. She is a high-earning financial executive at a Boston-based financial management firm, a devoted mother of two young children, and a supportive wife of her out-of-work architect husband Richard (Greg Kinnear). She manages to be on top of her schedule every day, and is used to hearing people say “I don’t know how you do it.” Yet things begin to change when she gets a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, while her husband Richard wins a job that he’s been hoping to get for a long time.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (U.S., Sweden, U.K., Germany), Opened Jan. 11

Thriller. Directed by David Fincher. Mikael (Daniel Craig), a reporter who just lost a libel case after reporting a billionaire businessman’s corruption scandal, is asked by a wealthy man to investigate the disappearance of his niece ― which took place 40 years ago. He is teamed up with a young professional hacker Lisbeth (Rooney Mara), who has an unusual dragon-shaped tattoo, for the project. As the duo investigates the case they are surprised to find out the darkest secrets of the society they live in.

Dancing Queen (Korea), Opened Jan. 19

Comedy. Directed by Lee Suk-hoon. Jung-hwa (Uhm Jung-hwa) is married to low-earning lawyer Jung-min (Hwang Jung-min). One day, her daughter abruptly tells her she doesn’t want to live like Jung-hwa, as a housewife and aerobics instructor. Shocked by the comment, Jung-hwa decides to fulfill her long-lost dream to become a famous singer, trying out for a reality TV talent show. Meanwhile, her husband Jung-min becomes a candidate for Seoul mayor through a rare opportunity, not knowing what Jung-hwa has been doing behind closed doors.

Unbowed (Korea), Opened Jan. 19

Drama. Directed by Chung Ji-young. A mathematics professor (Ahn Sung-ki) gets demoted a year after pointing out an error in the school’s entrance exam. He soon loses his job, as the university won’t renew his contract. Arguing he was fired unfairly, he sues the school administration and asks for reinstatement. When the court upholds the school’s decision, the professor decides to visit the court judge with a crossbow in his hand. The movie is based on the true story of the “crossbow terror” incident of professor Kim Myung-ho in 2007.