A 3D baseball film that flouts all sabermetrics, “Mr. Go” depicts how a Korean team overcomes its losing streak by signing a gorilla. The achievement of this Korean-Chinese co-production is primarily a technical one, rendering a bat-swinging primate that’s adorably lifelike and anchors the well-wrought action setpieces. Still, considering how out-of-left-field the concept is, one wishes helmer Kim Yong-hwa had run more recklessly with the idea, which might have generated more mayhem and a deeper sense of human-creature bonding. Although audiences don’t give a monkey about the pic in Korea (where it’s been billed as that country’s first film fully shot in 3D), it’s been a hit in China, scoring about $17.6 million in 15 days.
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Showbox/Mediaplex and mainland partner Huayi Brothers reportedly spent $12 million of their estimated $25 million budget on developing visual effects. The payoff is the creation of not one but two gorillas with distinct physical features and personalities,