Kimonos and national treasures
Since May 7, the upcoming drama When Night Falls has been filming in Japan; lead actress Kim Sun Ah wears a kimono (above) while filming on location in the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. (I suppose the more literal title translation is “Every Time Night Falls.”)
The actress attended junior and senior high school in Japan, and regaled the crew with a playful geisha impersonation on set. In the drama, she plays a spinster who works with cultural treasures. He’s an art professor with an interest in said treasures. Love ensues in a “cheerful,” “lively” and “sweet” romantic comedy.
According to the production team, the most difficult aspect about filming in Japan has been a result of Kanazawa being a history-rich location with a number of national landmarks and treasures. Thus the crew was kept under strict filming restrictions for fear of damage to property and cultural artifacts. Smoking was restricted, littering was forbidden, and to preserve the ground, people were even kept from moving in large numbers.
Kim Sun Ah stars opposite Lee Dong Gun (who was apparently visited daily by Japanese ajumma fans — some even reduced to tears), who continued on with filming despite the recent murder of his younger brother in Australia in March. The drama also stars Lee Soo Kyung (Golden Age of Daughters in Law, Soulmate) and premieres June 16 on MBC after Yi San (finally!) wraps.
Via My Daily
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Sakanaction – “白波トップウォーター” Shiranami Top Water. I don’t have much occasion to post Japanese music (and I don’t listen to it as much as, say, Korean or Western), but I sneak it in when I can. My tastes with Japanese music are pretty similar to my Korean music tastes — mostly indie and rock, both of which describe this band. [ Download ]