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Kicking off promotion for Modern Boy
by | August 27, 2008 | 4 Comments

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

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4 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. belleza

    “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.”

    Kim Hye-soo is kind of the original ullzang. Her face, relative to her height and frame, may be even tinier than Kim Tae Hee. She has unusually large irises, her mouth is tiny, natural V-line, and high cheek structure. It gives her face that’s doll-like and a touch unnerving.

    Hye Soo’s charisma is interesting, because I actually don’t think she fully understands or is in full control of it either. Hers is a forceful, yet enigmatic center of gravity that hints at nihilism of intention/purpose. Kim Ji Soo is actually like this too, but she carefully manages the boundaries of her own image and in the roles she takes.

  2. thunderbolt

    Yay, Park Hae-il gets a mention in dramabeans. Thank you!

  3. K-lover

    Ooh the movie looks nice and very preetty. Always a fan of 1930’s classic era fashion, so classy and elegant LOL.
    But the main actress does look too doll-like, almost unreal to the point that you can’t help but ask if she got surgery because she looks a bit emotionless in her pics and that can be a bit unnerving I suppose.
    Other than that though, the film looks like fun like Chicago, unlike a “film noir” that takes itself too seriously, ugggh.

  4. grace jeruz

    i didn’t watch the movie yet but i think its nice also, different personalities really a simple way to adopt by Kim Nam Gil, hes really a good actor …………….

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