Box Office: The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol, The Golden Era, My Love My Bride

Box Office: The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol, The Golden Era, My Love My Bride
Film still: The Golden Era, starring Tang Wei.

The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (Korea)

Opened Oct 23

Documentary. Directed by Lee Sang-ho and Ahn Hae-ryong

The documentary "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" (a.k.a. "Diving Bell") addresses issues on the April 16 sinking of the Sewol ferry, which claimed more than 300 lives, particularly issues about the use of a marine rescue equipment called a diving bell, which was largely seen as a failure.

Investigative journalist Lee Sang-ho takes the camera to Paengmok Harbor, Jindo Island, to document the 15 days after the accident to find out what really happened in the rescue operations. The film was showcased during this year's Busan International Film Festival amid protests against its screening.

The Golden Era (China)

Opened Oct 16

Drama. Directed by Ann Hui

The Chinese-Hong Kong film is a biopic of legendary Chinese writer Xiao Hong (Tang Wei), who lived through political turmoil in modern China from 1911 to 1942.

Before the writer died at the young age of 32, she published many short stories and essays including "The Bridge" in 1933 and "Tales of Hulan River" in 1944.

The film, which was screened during this year's Busan International Film Festival, focuses not only on her life as a writer but on other dimensions of her life as well.

My Love My Bride (Korea)

Opened Oct 8

Romance, Comedy. Directed by Im Chan-sang

A remake of the popular 1990 movie of the same title, "My Love My Bride" centers on a newlywed couple, poet Young-min (Jo Jung-suk) and art teacher Mi-young (Shin Min-ah).

The couple tie the knot after being madly in love for four years, but the sweet honeymoon period is short-lived as they soon begin to face the realities of married life. Small troubles and misunderstandings pile up and they begin to wonder whether their marriage is worth keeping.

Slow Video (Korea)

Opened Oct 2

Drama. Directed by Kim Young-tak

Yeo Jang-bu (Cha Tae-hyun) spends his days working at a CCTV control tower at a police station, watching people come and go, while staying alert for accidents or crimes.

Jang-bu has extraordinary eyesight that allows him to capture split-second actions, which made him an object of ridicule growing up but helped him to be good at his job. One day, Jang-bu runs into Bong Su-mi (Nam Sang-mi), his first love from elementary school whom he has longed to meet.

Whistle-Blower (Korea)

Opened Oct 2

Drama. Directed by Yim Soon-rye

"Whistle-Blower" is based on a real-life scandal in 2005, when Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk was found to have published groundbreaking research on stem cells based on false data and fabricated evidence. Yoon Min-chul (Park Hae-il) is the main producer of the investigative journalism programme "PD Chase."

His investigation begins when he receives a call from an informant (Yoo Yeon-seok) confessing that research by Dr. Lee Jang-hwan (Lee Geung-young), a feted national figure on account of his stem cell research, is based on fabricated data.

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