Su Ae and Jo Seung-woo are lovers in “Like Fireworks”
The movie Like Fireworks, Like a Butterfly [불꽃처럼 나비처럼] has settled on a premiere date, even though one of its stars, Jo Seung-woo, will still be serving his military service when it releases for the upcoming Chuseok fall harvest holiday.
The film is set in the late Joseon era and follows the political affairs of Empress Myeongseong — a figure often portrayed in film — as she seeks to protect her country. She is described as “the woman everybody knows about, but nobody really knew.” The film focuses on how prior to becoming empress she was Min Ja-young, a woman who loved one man, a soldier/bodyguard — their love is “hot like fireworks, and pure like a butterfly.”
This was the last project Jo filmed prior to enlisting last year, and had been in production for the past three years. Directing is Kim Yong-kyun, who also directed 2006’s Boys of Tomorrow. Despite the somewhat vague description, I think this could be a pretty compelling film, as far as I can tell…