The Seoul government is offering foreign moviegoers a chance to enjoy the latest Korean films with foreign subtitles at a discounted price. Cinema Week continues through Saturday at major theater chains in the city as part of Seoul Grand Sale 2009.
CGV Myeongdong, Yongsan and Apgujeong will offer movies subtitled in English, Japanese and Chinese for a reduced rate of 6,000 won. Titles include the tearjerker "Closer to Heaven" starring Lee Myung-min as a dying Lou Gehrig's disease patient and Ha Ji-won as his devoted wife, and "A Sword With No Name," a star-crossed romance between a queen (Su Ae) and her bodyguard (Cho Seung-woo) during the late Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910).
Lotte Cinema Avenuel in Myeongdong will offer the following subtitled films: the espionage romantic comedy "My Girlfriend Is an Agent" (English, Japanese); teen ghost story "Whispering Corridors 5: Blood Pledge" (English); "Mother" (English), Bong Joon-ho's dramatic thriller that received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival; "Marine Boy" (English), which showcases large-scale water action sequences; "Scandal Makers" (English), a box office smash family comedy starring Cha Tae-hyun; auction house scandal story "Insadong Scandal" (Japanese); and "Chaw" (Japanese) featuring a homicidal hog.
Foreigners who purchase a ticket for the subtitled Korean films will get one free ticket for their accompanying guest.
No word yet on showtimes, though Paul at Hub of Sparkle usually keeps track of subtitled movies. More information, perhaps, at the Seoul Grand Sale official site.