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.)