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Korean cinema is currently a hot ticket on the international-film-festival circuit, but that success rarely translates into a commercial U.S. release. Now the Korean Cultural Service is filling the gap, showing both arty and mainstream Korean movies. Tonight’s offering is definitely in the latter category. Kim Sang-jin’s Jail Breakers is the farcical tale of two mismatched convicts who escape from a penitentiary only to decide they want to go back. One is a con artist seeking to stop his girlfriend from marrying another man, the other a cellblock leader who’s pretty useless on the outside. Featuring broad performances and plenty of slapstick, Jail Breakers is not fundamentally different from Hollywood fare. But it’s more tightly structured than most contemporary U.S. comedies, and the later part of the film, in which prisoners turn the tables on their guards, has considerably more political kick than Anger Management. The film screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Korea’s Korean Cultural Service, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 797-6343. (Mark Jenkins)