Jieho Lee's "The Air I Breathe" gets a wider release this January 25th

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

While it showed up at the Tribeca Film Festival last April, The Air I Breathe, directed by Korean American Jieho Lee, and starring Forest Whitaker, Kevin Bacon, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar and a slew of other actors is getting a wider release this month on the 25th in select cities.

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Movie Synopsis

Four short fables in which characters collide with fate – and each other – comprise THE AIR I BREATHE, an ambitious and absorbing drama from debuting director/writer Jieho Lee. Boasting a brilliant ensemble cast, the film is inspired by a Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four key emotions – Happiness, Sorrow, Pleasure, and Love – and each vignette is built around a character who embodies one of these key emotions.

In “Happiness,” 2006 Best Actor Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker stars as a timid banker who impulsively bets every cent he has, and then some, on a supposedly “sure thing.” In “Sorrow,” Sarah Michelle Gellar is a rising pop star whose contract falls under the control of a ruthless crime boss (Oscar-nominee Andy Garcia), and his corrupt nephew (Emile Hirsch).

In “Pleasure,” Brendan Fraser stars as a man who can see into the future of everyone he meets, but is totally blind when it comes to his own; and in “Love,” Kevin Bacon plays a doctor who pines for a woman he can never possess (Julie Delpy), only to find that he suddenly holds her life in his hands. Though each of the characters believes that his or her life is governed by hazard and chance, their unbridled emotions, impulsive choices, and reckless moves all prove one universal truth: character is destiny, and each of us makes our own fate.

Release Dates

Here are the cities and venues currently getting the release (from the film's official site) and it might not be a bad idea to check your local listings as well just in case more releases are happening not listed here:


1) In LA: Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater
2) In Burbank: AMC Burbank 16
3) In Pasadena: Laemmle One Colorado
4) In Orange: AMC 30 at The Block
5) In Irvine: Regal/Edwards Westpark

NYC - JAN 25

1) AMC Empire 25 Theater (Midtown)
2) AMC Village 7 Theater (Downtown)


1) PORTLAND: The Regal Fox Tower
2) SAN DIEGO: AMC Fashion Valley 20
3) SAN FRANCISCO: Sundance Kabuki Theater
4) SEATTLE: Regal Meridan 16
5) CHICAGO: AMC Piper’s Alley 4
6) AUSTIN and other cities will be added as well but are currently in negotiations.