Lee Wan (Insoon is Pretty) and Song Chang-eui (Golden Bride) promoted their new film, Boys Don’t Cry, on October 14 at a somewhat unusual location for movie press conferences: an indoor pojangmacha (streetside food tents) in Seoul’s Cheongdam-dong neighborhood.
The film takes place in 1953 following the Korean War and two youths who lose everything and grow up quickly to survive in postwar conditions. Director Bae Hyung-joon perhaps didn’t seem the most obvious choice for the harsh realism of a wartime film — his previous film was the romantic comedy Don’t Believe Her — but he explained, “I enjoy coming-of-age films as much as I do the romantic comedy genre. Even if recent films depict adolescents in a dark, brooding way, they don’t compare to those who survived the war.”
However, he doesn’t describe his film as a re-creation of the war, but rather, “I aimed to take a look at people in adversity facing extreme conditions.”
Because of the subject of the film, the director needed his actors’ appearances to correspond to the poverty of the times, and actor Lee Wan thus slimmed down 6 kg for the role, even losing much of his muscle tone. Song Chang-eui likewise dropped 6 kg.
Boys Don’t Cry opens on November 6.
Actors Lee Wan and Song Chang-eui with director Bae Hyung-joon:
Via Asia Economy
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