March 03, 2021 11:24
A handful of new films set for release later this month are stoking hopes that some business will return to Korea’s deserted movie theaters.
First up is Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung’s film “Minari,” which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film last week.
The film, starring Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri and Youn Yuh-jung, tells the story of a Korean family who move to a small town in Arkansas in the 1980s in pursuit of the American dream.
Then there is “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which hits theaters on Thursday.
The action adventure is Disney’s first animated feature set in a version of Southeast Asia and voiced by Asian-American actors Awkwafina, Daniel Dae Kim and Sandra Oh.
The lineup also includes Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong” which hits theaters on March 25.
The sequel to “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019) and “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) aims squarely at the Asian teenage market and stars B-listers Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown.
Moving more upmarket, “The Book of Fish” by Lee Joon-ik, who is best known for the 2005 hit “The King and the Clown,” hits theaters on March 31.
The movie is about a scholar and bureaucrat who is exiled to a remote island where he becomes fascinated with fish and decides to write about them. It stars Sol Kyung-gu, Byun Yo-han and Lee Jung-eun.
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