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26Mar/12

KOREAN MOVIE NIGHT: MY GIRLFRIEND IS AN AGENT

Soo-ji (Kim Ha-neul) and Jae-joon (Kang Ji-hwan) attempt to save the world and maybe salvage their relationship in MY GIRLFRIEND IS AN AGENT

IT’S A FINE ROMANCE: MY GIRLFRIEND IS AN AGENT (7KEUP KONGMUWON) (Shin Tae-ra, 2009)
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick St. at Laight St.
Tuesday, March 27, free, 7:00
Series runs every other Tuesday through April 10
212-759-9550
www.koreanculture.org
www.tribecacinemas.com

A box-office blockbuster in South Korea, Shin Tae-ra’s My Girlfriend Is an Agent is a goofy but fun mosh-up of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the television shows Get Smart and Mission: Impossible. As the movie opens, the weak-kneed Jae-joon (Kang Ji-hwan) is threatening to leave Soo-ji (Kim Ha-neul), tired of her many lies. What he doesn’t know is that she is actually a secret agent working undercover for the government, but she is not allowed to tell anyone, instead claiming she is a travel agent to explain all the time she spends away from him. Three years later, they accidentally meet up again — Soo-ji recognizes his, um, member in a men’s room while he is relieving himself at a urinal and she is pretending to be a cleaning lady — but now Jae-joon is a secret agent for a different department, working the same case but from another angle while telling her he is an accountant. Crazy hijinks ensue, including plenty of mistaken identity, a wacky car chase, and a shootout in an amusement park, with Soo-ji and Jae-joon continually bumping into each other as they get closer and closer to the international terrorists seeking to gain control of a lethal virus that could wipe out much of the country. My Girlfriend Is an Agent, which is getting the Bollywood treatment in a remake directed by Bosco, is screening on March 27 at 7:00 at Tribeca Cinemas as the second installment of the free Korean Movie Night series “It’s a Fine Romance,” which concludes on April 10 with Kim Jeong-hoon’s 2010 chick flick, Petty Romance.

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