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By Claire Lee

Published : June 29, 2012 - 20:03

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The Amazing Spider-Man (U.S.)

Opened June 28

Action. Thriller. Directed by Marc Webb. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) lives with his uncle and aunt after his parents disappeared when he was little. One day, Peter discovers a mysterious suitcase his father used to carry. He decides to find the secret behind his parents’ disappearance. Peter encounters his father’s former partner Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) and acquires special powers by accident. With Peter’s help, Dr. Connors completes his research and creates “The Lizard,” his hidden ego. Peter makes a life-changing decision to become the city’s hero, Spider-Man. 

The Stoning Of Soraya M. (U.S.)

Opened June 14

Drama. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. In a small town in Iran, Freidoune Sahebjam (Jim Caviezel), a French journalist whose car broke down, encounters a woman named Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo). She tells him that there is something he needs to know concerning her niece, Soraya M. (Mozhan Marno). He decides to listen to her in secret.

I AM (Korea)

Opened June 21

Documentary. Directed by Choi Jin-seong. K-pop and talent agency S.M. Entertainment has created a documentary film to once again glorify their New York concert at Madison Square Garden. The movie is a cinematically edited version of SM’s 16 years of archived video footage -- from its 32 idols’ younger days as aspiring stars and SM-trainees to the day of the Madison Garden triumph last year. Featured stars include the legendary boy band H.O.T member Kang Ta, pop singer BoA, and members of SM’s top groups Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee, TVXQ and f(x).

Deranged (Yeongasi) (Korea)

Opening July 5

Thriller. Directed by Park Jeong-woo. Jae-hyuk (Kim Myeong-min) is an ordinary man in his 40s who works for a medical supplies company. One day, a number of dead bodies are found floating on the Han River. The public is even more shocked when they find out the men and women jumped into the water as if they were on drugs, as seen on CCTV footage. Experts discover there is an outbreak of fatal virus-infected horsehair worms. Once infected by the deadly parasitic animal, one becomes unbearably hungry and thirsty, and eventually jumps into a body of water out of severe dehydration. When the government desperately seeks the cure for the disease, Jae-hyuk finds out his family, too, is showing similar symptoms as the victims.

The Concubine (Korea)

Opened June 6

Thriller. Directed by Kim Dai-seung. Set in the Joseon era, a ruthless queen mother and former concubine (Park Ji-young) tries to concoct a plan to dethrone the current king (Jeong Chan), with whom she has no blood ties. Her goal is to somehow replace the king with her timid biological son, Prince Seong-won (Kim Dong-wook). Meanwhile, the prince falls in love at first sight with Hwa-yeon (Jo Yeo-jung), an aristocrat’s daughter, during his jaunt outside the royal palace. But Hwa-yeon is already in love with a commoner named Kwon-yu (Kim Min-jun). Hwa-yeon and Kwon-yu try to escape, but suffer tragic consequences as their plan fails. Hwa-yeon becomes a concubine at the royal palace, while Kwon-yu is punished with castration.