Kim Hye-soo and Park Hae-il have a new movie coming out, and it looks gorgeous (speaking purely aesthetically). Modern Boy held its promotional press conference in Seoul on August 27 and, despite its name, takes place in bygone years. 1937, to be exact.
The period film is directed by Jung Ji-woo (Happy End, Wisdom Tooth) and centers around a government official (Park) and the “mysterious woman” he pursues after she disappears (Kim). The titular “modern boy” refers to Park’s character, who harbors more interest in romanticism than his country’s independence.
At the press conference, both lead actors and the director had nothing but praise for one another. Kim Hye-soo talked about the director’s close attention to detail and Park Hae-il’s pure personality, and how she and Park got along comfortably despite this being their first project together. Likewise, Park returned the compliments, saying, “When I heard Kim Hye-soo was cast, I shouted in excitement. I’ve always wanted to work with her, and with us acting together on Modern Boy, we got off to a great start.”
The film opens October 2.
I’m always conflicted about Kim Hye-soo. I don’t disagree with her being considered the sexiest actress — she practically exudes sexual charisma — but sometimes there’s something in her look that scares me. It’s the same feeling I get looking at Kim Ah-joong: pretty, yet frightening.
As for the movie, based on the stills alone, it kind of reminds me of those gorgeous period Shanghai films mixed with a dash of Chicago, doesn’t it?
Via Asia Economy