The first weekend for March 2011 will go down as one of the rare occasions where two celebrated Asian films are set for limited release to movie theatres. The box-office numbers for the weekend will reflect the interest of moviegoers in the specialty cinema market.
The first one is Jee-woon Kim's "I Saw the Devil" starring Min-sik Choi (Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance) and Byung-hun Lee (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and A Bittersweet Life). Choi plays a serial killer, who's latest victim is the pregnant fiancee of government secret agent (Lee). Because of the emotional and personal circumstances of the crime the agent begins an obsessive search for the killer with revenge in mind. What kind of revenge brings up the old age question of what blurs the line between good and evil. Magnet Releasing is the distributor and the San Diego opening will be at Landmark's Ken Cinema on Friday, March 18th. The movie currently sits at a 74% Fresh Tomato rating and is receiving positive reviews from critics who contribute to indieWIRE.
The second is the 2010 SDAFF Alum "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" hails from Thailand. Apichatpong Weerasethakul's loveley and surreal film won the top award (Palme d' Or) at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The story centers around the character Uncle Boonmee, who is dying from kidney failure decides to spend his last days in the countryside surrounded by his loved ones. What ensues is an uncoventional spiritual journey for Boonmee as his impending mortality draws closer. Strand Releasing will distribute the movie and a San Diego engagement is not know at the time of this blog posting. It currently sits at a 86% Fresh Tomato rating plus is also receiving positive reviews from the critics on indieWIRE.