The 64th Cannes Film Festival started Wednesday with three South Korean films entered in the Un Certain Regard category. The three films are "The Murderer (aka ‘The Yellow Sea’)," "Arirang" and "The Day He Arrives."
Unfortunately, no South Korean films are in contention for the Palme d’Or, the highest honor awarded at Cannes. Last year, Korean films "Poetry" and "The Housemaid" were invited to the Palme d’Or competition.
Recently, commercial films in South Korea have been sluggish at the box office. Fortunately, there are many still to come this year, including a 3-D feature film.
THIS WEEK’S SYNOPSES
"Save the Last Dance for Me"
Episodes 3 and 4
Tonight, 6:45 p.m.: Eun-soo and Hyun-woo realize their feelings for each other. Eun-soo’s dad, however, is worried about Eun-soo because Hyun-woo still didn’t regain his memory. Eun-soo’s dad asks Hyun-woo to leave Eun-soo. Hyun-woo keeps it a secret from Eun-soo and prepares to leave.
Tonight, 7:45 p.m.: Tae-min goes to Eun-soo’s pension to make an offer for the property and sees Hyun-woo. Tae-min is in shock but Hyun-woo doesn’t recognize Tae-min.
Episodes 38 and 39
Tomorrow, 7:45 p.m.: Mo-roo’s happy that he’ll start working at TN. However, he soon finds out that Bomi is his superior. Shin-yong and Yeon-woo decide that it’s now time to get their families’ blessings, but they encounter obstacles on both sides. Bomi, worried about Mo-roo and Shin-yong getting back together, tips off the press about Sorah being an illegitimate child and pins it on Shin-yong.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Shin-yong suspects that Bomi was the one who tipped off the press about Sorah. She tricks Bomi into confessing. Min-joo’s condition worsens after she finds out who Yeon-woo’s in love with, and Yeon-suh blames him. Dallae’s relationship with Koo Hyun-sae flourishes, and Dallae asks him to marry her. When she tells her parents about it, they end up telling her that she is sick and needs surgery. Mo-roo goes to Seo-poong’s restaurant to find out whether Bomi is her daughter.
Episodes 9 and 10
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Gang tells Ie-gyung to work at his store again because he can’t stand her working at Min-ho’s. Ie-gyung is touched by Gang’s sincerity. In-jung meets Ie-gyung at Gang’s birthday party and tells Ie-gyung to keep seeing her at Min-ho’s house a secret. Ji-hyun’s dad decides to leave his company to Min-ho.
Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Gang sees Ie-gyung playing the piano and realizes that she is exactly like Ji-hyun. He asks Ie-gyung whether she’s Ji-hyun; she gets shocked and says that she isn’t. Ji-hyun’s dad collapses suddenly and is hospitalized. Ie-gyung visits the hospital and cries. When Ie-gyung doesn’t come to work on time, Gang gets worried and goes to her house.
"New Tales of Gisaeng"
Episodes 21 and 22
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Hwa-ran is happy when she suspects Eo-san’s marriage is in trouble. Sa-ran thanks her father for raising her and gives him the money she received from Bu Yong Gak before she leaves to become a gisaeng. Sa-ran’s friends are shocked to find out she’s becoming a gisaeng. Gong-ju tries to stop Sa-ran from leaving home, but her mother stops her.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Damo finds out Sa-ran’s becoming a gisaeng and tries to stop her, but Sa-ran doesn’t listen to him. Sa-ran begins her gisaeng training.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. Reach him at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.