Can you fall in love with someone without even knowing their name? That’s the question HELLO STRANGER, a hit film from Thailand, asks. It stayed in theaters there last summer for 9 weeks and racked up around 1.3 million admissions, which is still rare in Thailand. Interestingly enough, HELLO STRANGER was filmed entirely in South Korea. One of the major themes of HELLO STRANGER is the Hallyu (Korean Wave) of TV dramas. Both lead characters in the film are in South Korea on vacation because of their interest in Korean culture and entertainment. The director, Banjong Pisanthanakun, is known for his horror films SHUTTER (2004) and ALONE (2007), but this is his first romantic comedy. As the film’s tagline says, “Sometimes not knowing will set you free”.
HELLO STRANGER Showtimes (tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2011)
- Sunday, April 3rd – 1:30PM – Dole Cannery
- Wednesday, April 6th – 3:00PM – Dole Cannery
Have you ever wanted to express your feelings for a crush, but weren’t sure how to do it? Enter the CYRANO AGENCY, a group of 4 theater actors who can be hired to help you obtain the romance you’re looking for. What happens when a client unknowingly hires you to help them obtain the affection of your ex-girlfriend, who you’ve never really gotten over? Don’t miss the amazingly shot scene about 35 minutes into the film which features Agnes Baltsa’s song “There Will Be Better Days, Even For Us”. Baltsa is a leading Greek mezzo-soprano opera singer.
This film stars Uhm Tae-Woong (HANDPHONE, SUNNY), Lee Min-Jung (TV: MIDAS, BOYS OVER FLOWERS), Park Shin-Hye (TV: HE’S BEAUTIFUL!) and Daniel Choi (TV: HIGH KICK! 2).
A similarly themed American film is HITCH, starring Will Smith. Both films were loosely based on the 1897 original play Cyrano de Bergerac, by French poet Edmond Rostand.
CYRANO AGENCY Showtimes (tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2011)
- Friday, April 1st – 6:00PM – Dole Cannery
- Monday, April 4th – 8:45PM – Dole Cannery
Yen is a single girl from China working at an IT company in Hong Kong, when she notices a hunky playboy guy (Sean) in a neighboring building trying to communicate with her via paper signs. This goes on for some time and when they meet, Yen realizes his signs were meant for a lady on the floor above hers when he doesn’t even recognize her.
After this embarrasing mix-up, Yen meets a handsome beggar in the park and is captivated by the sad expression on his face. After talking for a while, they become friends. Kevin was an elite architect who ended up wandering the streets. Their friendship helps him regain confidence and start building his life again.
After several months have passed, Sean is giving up his playboy ways and realizes that Yen is the dream girl for him. Kevin is planning to propose to her on the rooftop of his latest designed building. Who will Yen choose to spend the rest of her life with?
Starring Daniel Wu (HOT SUMMER DAYS, BLOOD BROTHERS), Louis Koo (TRIPLE TAP, ELECTION), Gao Yuanyuan (A GOOD RAIN KNOWS, CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH), and a return to the romantic comedy genre from famed director Johnnie To, DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART will be one of the biggest Hong Kong films of the year!
DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Showtimes (tickets go on sale March 23rd, 2011)
- Tuesday, April 5th – 6:30PM – Dole Cannery