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Blockbuster war epic My Way casts its two leads

Looks like a busy year for Sohn Ye-jin, who is preparing for her upcoming drama series (Personal Taste) and has also announced her next film project: My Way [마이 웨이] starring Jang Dong-gun (in perhaps his last role acting as a single man, if upcoming wedding rumors prove to be accurate).

It also looks like a busy year for period war projects: My Way is set in World War II as a Korean man is conscripted into the Japanese army and follows him as he participates in the Normandy invasion. (Hence the film’s other working title, D Day.) Sohn Ye-jin is the woman caught in a fateful love triangle between that Korean man (Jang) and a Japanese man.

This film is a reunion for Jang and director Kang Jae-kyu, who directed the blockbuster film Taegukgi six years ago, and therefore the project is already the source of a good amount of buzz. My Way will begin filming in early summer in Korea, Germany, and China.

Via OSEN

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Jang Dong-gun... playing a Korean man... forced to fight for the Imperial Japanese Army, in Europe, fighting against the Allies who land in Normandy on D-Day?

I feel like there is a whole bunch of sadness to be filmed...

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Wow, I must have cut more history classes than I thought. I've never heard that the Imperial Japanese Army was involved in the Normandy Invasion on D Day. I know that there were a lot of Japanese American troops who fought all throughout Europe. Very highly decorated and shamefully treated.
I guess it's time to check out the google! :)

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@trixicopper, the wording states that the Korean man is at one point conscripted into the Japanese Army and also participates in the Normandy invasion, but those don't necessarily have to be at the same time...

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Meh on war movies but I'll watch this because I like the two leads a lot.

Also, considering I plan to devour HBO's The Pacific, I might as well continue the trend of war epics.

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Sounds interesting. Love triangle in WWII reminds me of Pearl Harbor in a way but that wasn't a bad movie at all! Looking forward to see it~!

(Don't really get why they come to Germany for filming since no landscape here resembles the French coast IMO but, YES, finally a mission for me after graduation in May: Stalk the two Korean celebreties, haha!)

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@ javabeans

Thanks, glad to know that I am not completely ignorant! I just have poor reading comprehension! :)

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Wow, JB brought so many jellybean- goodies for us today!
Lucky SYJ!
Off to read Ch8 recap!

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Hmmm....I am curious about this one. I am not familiar with the male actor so that's good because I don't have any thoughts about previous roles. It's really easy to type cast a person no matter what type of role they play. There are many who don't become the character in the script so they stereotype into what they are familiar with.

Thanks JB!

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There were Japanese military personnel in Europe during WW2, but I'm not aware of any being captured during the fighting. A number of Asians were captured after D-Day, but they were actually Russians of various nationalities who had either joined the German side, or compelled to work as prisoners of the Germans. At any rate, this show will be different,that's for sure!

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Since I have a fairly friendly relationship with the NARA I did a little cruising around. There are several photos of Asian soldiers at Normandy. One in particular is apparently a Korean. It famously is referenced in Stephen Ambrose's book D-Day. The photo is listed in the NARA listings as a Japanese soldier, however apparently the gentleman in the photo was ID'd in a documentary as Kyoungjong Yang, a Korean. Story goes that he and some others were conscripted by the Japanese, captured by the Russians, conscripted by the Russians, captured by the Germans, and pressed into service by THEM. Then captured by the Americans and held as POWs. He was released from a POW camp in 1945, went to the US - I believe having been sponsored by a US soldier - and lived in Illinois until his death in 1992, having raised 2 sons and a daughter.

If I had time, I'd run over to College Park and see if I could grab the photo series and documentation for reference, since it appears that it's not on-line. The photo is not in dispute, but the complete ID could be as you never know - I dislike using on-line sources (and Ambrose can be iffy!) There are actually several more photos, one of which may show the apparent other 3 Koreans and few Japanese who were taken prisoner at D-Day, and one of an apparent casualty. I'd have to look at the photo series to see.

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I guess MY WAY will be filmed after JDG's wedding in May...as a married man. I hope he will take a role in drama soon...

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@ momosan

Thank you . That was very interesting. I missread the original post and was thinking actual units, divisions etc... That accounted for my original huh? Especially in the later years of the war there was a lot of "Gee boys what would you like to be? Dead, a POW, or be all that you can be in OUR army?" going on.

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Wow! Now this leading man is more up to par with Son Ye Jin! How exciting!

I can't wait to see it! Son Ye Jin, fighting!

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Another war epic with love triangles. Eh

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does takuya kimura still in the cast of this movie?

i heard he wants his movie "yamato battleship" to be produced like "avatar"

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Yes, finally Son Ye Jin's is paired up with some I like, but I am still looking forward to her in Personal Taste with LMH.
Last year, she didn't get the chance to co star with LBH (in Iris), and I was utterly disappointed but now ....Jang Dong Gun in a period movie is fantastic...I am just soooooo trilled....what more can I say, just crossing my fingers that casting does not get changed.

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I am more intrigued with 'Personal Taste' but I am excited for this film. I wish it was the war film with Kwon Sang Woo again, but I am glad to hear that Son Ye Jin signed on another project. Love her! :D

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aX,

i guess you are really a fan of ksw and syj.....
hmmm... and so am i! i love those two.

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I heard they are trying to get Kimura Takuya tp play the other love interest.
Otherwise this project sounds interesting, correct me if I'm wrong but weren't there many korean soldiers also in the imperial japanese army in those days ?

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