Oooh, Park Hae-il (Bow, The Ultimate Weapon) and Gong Hyo-jin (Love Fiction, 577 Project) together? Color me interested. Too bad it’s not a romantic pairing though; it’s a brother-sister duo for this project. They’ve signed on to headline a new movie called Aging Family, about a trio of grown children who return home to their aging mom, resulting in sibling hijinks and uncovering some family secrets along the way.
The cast is the big draw for this project, with four great actors rounded up to play the titular family. Park Hae-il, Gong Hyo-jin, and Yoon Jae-mun (King 2 Hearts, Tree With Deep Roots) play the three kids, and Mom is Yoon Yeo-jung (You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly, King 2 Hearts). That’s one talented family.
I especially like the mom and eldest son pair, because they had great chemistry as mortal enemies on The King 2 Hearts. I loved that even as Mom was scared that the crazy egomaniacal villain would kill her, she scolded the madman like a wayward child. I can totally see a great mother-son relationship for them in the film, whether it calls for comedy or gut-wrenching drama. Ideally a nice mix of both.
The story is based on a novel of the same name by Chun Myung-kwan, and the film is described as cheery, lighthearted, and about a series of adventures as a family reunites as adults. But the novel apparently has a makjang element to it. Hrm. I feel like that pretty much translates into birth secret, but obviously it could be any number of other things.
Does that mean Park Hae-il and Gong Hyo-jin ARE playing a romantic pair? Sigh. Please let it be some other thing. Anything. Say, Big Bro has a secret life as a magician and sometimes-evildoer, and likes to lure people to the dark side with cookies? I just hope that the film sticks to a non-makjang telling of whatever this secret is, because with this cast we could get a really stellar heartwarming family drama.
Aging Family will be directed by PD Song Hae-sung (Our Happy Time, Failan) and starts shooting in mid-October for a 2013 release.
Via Star News
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