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"The Last Godfather," a new Korean film released Friday, is a comedy produced and directed by Korean comic icon Shim Hyung Rae, who also produced "D-War" aka "Dragon War." The movie stars Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes and Michael Rispoli.

CJ Entertainment says the movie, set in 1951, has Keitel portraying Don Carini, a powerful crime boss who gathers his gang to announce a successor.

Each wise guy expects to be chosen but is shocked to find out that while traveling in Asia, Carini fell in love with a woman and had a son. Now an adult, Young-gu (Shim) is to become the heir to Carini’s throne. With everyone out to get him and a hit out on his father, will Young-gu overcome these obstacles and rise to become the syndicate’s next godfather?

Also, the Hawaii International Film Festival started its Spring Showcase Friday with several Korean films on the schedule: "Cyrano Agency," "Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow," "The Recipe" and "The Unjust." For more information, go to


"Paradise Ranch"
Episodes 7 and 8

Today, 6:45 p.m.: Jin-young comes to the ranch to find Dong-ju and finds him with Daji. Daji tells him she’s only there to work for Dong-ju. Yun-ho makes a bench to place under Daji’s favorite tree. Yun-ho tells Daji about his difficult childhood.

Today, 7:45 p.m.: Yun-ho takes Daji to a concert in Seoul, and Jin-young and Dong-ju attend the same concert. The four of them sit at the same table, watching the concert in awkward silence. Dong-ju is concerned about Daji being alone with Yun-ho.

"Smile, Mom"
Episodes 26 and 27

Tomorrow, 7:45 p.m.: Bok-hee bumps into Shin-yong at Jaeil Newspaper and finds out she is working there. Shin-yong lets her know that she’ll do whatever it takes to stop Mo-roo from becoming an assemblyman. Kang-so tries to convince Min-joo not to end their romance. Bomi moves into Mo-roo’s house, creating havoc in the family.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: After intervening at Mo-roo’s press conference, Shin-yong is suspended at work. Yeon-woo drags her to see Koo Hyun-sae to find out why. There they bump into Dallae. Mee-so and Do-yong try to find a business venture and decide to make their fortune selling kimbab.

Episodes 17 and 18

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Young Gwan tells the NTS agents to focus on arresting Athena and asks Hye In for help. Hye In decides to help NTS and points her gun at Sohn Hyuk. Sohn Hyuk becomes irrational after Hye In’s betrayal.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung Woo finds Athena’s hideout, but Sohn Hyuk is already gone by the time agents get there. NTS agents, however, find a clue to Athena’s plan of terror. Sohn Hyuk finds out that Athena is trying to kill Hye In and tries to save her.

"New Tales of Gisaeng"
Episodes 9 and 10

Friday, 7:45 p.m.; Eo-san calls Soon-deok and the two meet. Soon-deok finds out Eo-san gave away her daughter to his housekeeper. Soo-ra finds out Damo took Andre and yells at him to bring the dog back. Sa-ran and Damo go on a date, but Damo’s harsh words upset Sa-ran.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Damo takes Sa-ran to his summer house where Sa-ran cooks for him. Damo enjoys Sa-ran’s cooking, and Sa-ran is pleased with his compliments. Eo-san, who unwittingly gave his daughter away to his housekeeper, and his parents decide to look for his daughter.

Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Reach him at 521-8066 or


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