Remember that 1996 Matt LeBlanc comedy about the chimpanzee who could play baseball? If you can immediately recall that movie without doing a Google search first, then you probably spend too much time indoors. And that’s okay — “Ed” immediately sprang to mind when someone told me there was a South Korean movie in the works about a gorilla who plays baseball. Apparently it’s called “Mr. Go,” and now it has an official trailer.
And I’ll freely admit that my headline is a little presumptuous. Chances are you won’t believe a gorilla can play baseball once the clip has completely worked its magic on your brain. Although I would shake my fist in jaded anger if this thing came out of Hollywood, I really don’t mind that director Kim Yong-Hwa is bringing this thing to life in South Korea.
Here’s what the flick is supposed to be about:
Five-year-old Weiwei (Jiao Xu) is left all alone with her gorilla Ling Ling after her grandfather passes away in China. Her grandfather ran a circus troupe. Thanks to her grandfather’s love for baseball, the gorilla Ling Ling was trained to play baseball and has developed remarkable hitting skills. A baseball agent from South Korea named Sung Choong-Soo (Sung Dong-Il) hears of the remarkable gorilla Ling Ling. He signs Ling Ling to play in the professional South Korean baseball league. Dreaming of success, Weiwei and Ling Ling go to South Korea. Ling Ling quickly becomes a superstar in the baseball league. Meanwhile, a rival baseball team scouts a gorilla named Rating.
The folks at Showbox/Mediaplex will bring the flick to South Korean theaters on July 18, 2013. And while the trailer doesn’t show too much of the gorilla in action, it does give viewers a glimpse of how the filmmakers brought the animal to life. Kind of snazzy, especially if you like movies that feature furry things playing sports.
Via : Asian Wiki