Lee Je-hoon and Han Seok-kyu as student-teacher pair
Well, you can’t go wrong with this pair of actors, no matter what they’re playing. Lee Je-hoon (Fashion King, Introduction to Architecture) and Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots) have been cast in a new film, My Pavarotti, about a has-been teacher who meets an unlikely musical genius. It sounds to me like a Stand and Deliver meets Mr. Holland’s Opus. Or yunno, [inspirational teacher movie here] crossed with [inspirational music movie here].
Han Seok-kyu plays a once-promising singer who went nowhere in his career, and now he bides his time teaching music at a high school in the countryside. He’s basically just given up and living aimlessly. But one day he meets Lee Je-hoon’s character, a gangster high school student with a genius talent for singing. What an odd combo. I sincerely hope he talks like a rough-and-tumble kid, and has to be taught how to enunciate. Like My Fair Lady but for punk high schoolers who want to sing opera. There’s a montage sequence just dying to be made!
What’s more is that this gangster kid actually dreams of singing like Pavarotti, which confuses the hell out of me. I didn’t know any gangsters like that at my high school, but hey, more power to you. Teach on the other hand, has no interest in his students, zero interest in teaching, and is an all-around prickly bastard. Obviously some deep-seated issues we’ll be working out during the film. OR he stays a bastard and that’s the twist. It could happen.
Lee Je-hoon’s character sounds like a great mix of traits and circumstances: his family is dirt poor so he joined a gang to help earn some money while going to school, but he loves to sing more than anything else, and dreams of one day becoming a singer like Pavarotti. Only he thinks it’s Paparotti, which would explain my confusion over the Korean title of this movie, pronounced My Paparotti, which I thought was just bad spelling. He’ll have a lot to overcome to realize his dream, including his strong regional accent. YES! My Fair Lady for the win!
The film has begun shooting and plans to release early next year.
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