Two South Korean movies saved the domestic film industry this summer. Both films “The Assassination” and “Veteran” broke the 10 million-tickets-sold milestone only done by a few other film in history. “The Assassination” is filled with high caliber stars: Jeon Ji-hyeon, Lee Jung Jae and Ha Jeong-woo whose character name is Hawaii Pistol. Ha is known for his many visits to Hawaii where he relaxes and develops his next project.
“Veteran” is a crime and comedy genre where detective Do-cheol is after Tae-oh, a conglomerate son with taste for high-end auto theft. Tae-oh alludes the determined detective using his resources of money and power. “Veteran” opens in Hawaii on Sept. 19 at Consolidated Pearlridge theatres. “Veteran” is currently at the 9.5 million mark and expected to hit 10 million by the end of August.
‘Here Comes Jang Bori’
Episodes 39 & 40
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Bo-ri is out of her mind with worry when Min-jung’s mother disappears with Bee-dan. Min-jung threatens Bo-ri to live as Do Bo-ri for the rest of her life if she wants to see Bee-dan again. Min-jung’s mother loses Bee-dan at the airport. Today, 7:45 p.m.: In-hwa finds out about Min-jung and her mother. In-hwa confronts Min-jung, but Min-jung retorts back, saying In-hwa has no right to judge her after all she did to become the head seamstress. Jae-hwa thinks it’s odd that Ji-sang is so desperate to find Bee-dan.
Episodes 1 & 2
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Young-jin (Kim Hee-ae) is a captain of a violent crimes department. She’s a great detective but a terrible mom and a wife. Jong-ho (Kim Min-jong) is Young-jin’s boss and a good friend. He’s dedicated his youth to his job and supporting his family. Jin-woo (Son Ho-joon) is a passionate police officer who joins Young-jin’s team. Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Young-jin goes back home to her daughter, but her guilt conscience won’t leave her be. She goes to Huh Jung-nam to apologize and ends up babysitting his son. But she receives a picture of a serial killer and goes to the scene, leaving Jung-nam’s son alone.
‘The Gang Doctor’
Episodes 1 & 2
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Kim Tae-hyun, aka Yong-pal (Joo Won) is a gifted surgical resident with flaws. He’s a shameless jerk who’d do anything for money. He’s a doctor to criminals who can’t come to hospital to be treated. Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) is an heiress who’s deeply in coma after a car accident. Han Do-jin (Jo Jae-hyun) is Yeo-jin’s stepbrother who doesn’t want Yeo-jin to wake up. Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Tae-hyun drops a scalpel while treating a criminal, and the police trace it to the hospital where Tae-hyun works. But Dr. Lee covers for Tae-hyun and gets him out of danger. Yeo-jin wakes up from coma.
‘The Time We Were Not In Love’
Episode 13 & 14
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-na is confused after reading Won’s script. She wonders if she fell in love again not with Seo-hoo, but with memories of their love. Ha-na tells Won to keep away from each other for a week. Seo-hoo comes back from his business trip, but he doesn’t tell Ha-na about Ms. Min. Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-na wants to follow her heart, but it’s easier said than done. But she finally makes her decision and goes to see Won. Dae-bok finds Won’s movie scenario in Ha-na’s room.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.