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From the manhwa page to the big screen

I know I just posted about this movie, but I dig stuff like this. With the buzz growing for the film Like the Moon Escaping From Clouds, now attention is turning toward the original manhwa upon which the movie is based, which was written and illustrated by Park Hong-yong. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the four main characters in the manhwa and film, played by Hwang Jung-min, Cha Seung-won, Han Ji-hye, and Baek Sung-hyun.

Hwang Jung-min brings presence to his legendary blind swordsman character, while Cha Seung-won’s rebel leader is powerful and fierce. Han Ji-hye is a top gisaeng entertainer, proud and confident; Baek sung-hyun’s character is ambitious and passionate.

Adaptations can be tricky beasts, but it’s interesting to see what is translated directly to screen and what is not. Though I almost always fall into the camp of “the book was better than the movie,” there’s something dynamic in the film that may not always come through with as much impact in simple manhwa-style drawings. (For instance, Han Ji-hye’s stricken face versus the drawing’s simple tear.)

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This is so cool! I love Hwang Jung-min!! I wanna see this movie so bad!!!

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Wow, they certainly are making a lot of movies that take place in ancient eras........

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Depends on how good the artwork is; but I do agree. It's quite odd that dramatic, action-packed manhwa tend to have simpler artwork that undermines the intensity which would help it the most - and which films usually bring to the table. But what do I know. I usually follow shojo manhwa, which lacks neither details nor strickened expressions nor closeups nor chibis.

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those shots are gorgeous!!

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The last still looks like Dae Gil - Chuno.

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@Nhu: (Btw, have you read Nana? Slice-of-life type, but very detailed in both story and artwork) The blank background leaves focus on the characters, where the smaller details have a big impact on the mood. A quote from Kubo Tite:

"Backgrounds can tell you where a character is, but I don’t think it’s that important. I don’t want to draw a background if the focus is on the character. "

For me, the simpler the artwork is, the more powerful the book becomes. As each detail is noticeable, you pick up on those things and not distracted by many details.

Thank you JB for bringing this up! I haven't read the manhwa, yet it was so interesting to see pictures of the manhwa and look at it side-by-side with images of the film!

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yes, so many promotion for this movie lately... not that i'm complaining of course...
as a comic/manga/manhwa fan myself, i always have that “the book was better than the movie” (or drama) thought, but with the right cast (and good acting), sometimes both (movie/drama vs book) can be as good... this movie (hopefully) has that factor, coz HJM and CSW are both great actors, hope the movie won't dissapoint...

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I went to the pre-premiere for this movie here in korea! the movie is amaaazing and really well made. I'm a good friend of the director and wants everyone to watch to movie please!

This movie is nominated for the Cannes movie festival and is supposed to do a lot better than "the king and the clown"!!

Please support him (:

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I read the books and it seems like the movie is centered around Lee Mong Hak & Hwang Jung Hak... right? Which is very different from the Kyun Ja centric story in the manhwa. Anyway, I'm still super anticipating to watch this movie. :D

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Thank you, JB, for posting this! This kind of post is exactly why I read your blog daily. Thank you!

That said, I can't wait to see this movie. From what little I saw about the manga, the movie is similar to it, at least visually. But heh, I reserve judgment till I actually see the whole thing.

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CSW rocks!
I've never seen HJM's drama or even movie before. But I saw him when he's a guest on Family Outing 1. He really cracked me up with his quirkyness.

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i ditto what SERE said!!! i love posts like these!

it also makes me want to watch this movie THAT much more!

are these storyboard shots? i never saw a manhwa with directional arrows before... or maybe the manhwa - storyboard - film shots... anyways... cool!

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