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The Last Godfather,” the slapstick comedy by South Korean director Shim Hyung-rae that was shot in English with an American cast and crew including actor Harvey Keitel, will hit theaters in 12 major cities in North America on April Fool’s Day.

Hearing the news of the April 1st opening, Mr. Shim said he believed laughter is universal and hoped that his movie would be well-received by American audiences as well.

In Korea, the film has sold 2.55 million tickets since it opened on Dec. 29, which is not bad but the company said the number still fails to meet its expectations.

“The Housemaid,” an erotic thriller directed by Im Sang-soo, opened in the U.S. last month. Jeon Do-yeon, who won best actress at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, stars in the movie. It competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and drew an audience of 2.3 million total viewers in Korea.

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via The Wall Street Journal

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