Kim Yoon-hye only just started on her current show, tvN’s delightful rom-com Flower Boy Next Door (she plays Enrique’s frank-speaking first love), but she’s lining up her next project already. It’s a movie titled Girl that’s described as a “horror melo,” which sounds like an intriguing mix.
(If you’re like me, you may still find yourself accidentally calling Kim Yoon-hye by her former stage name, Woori, but this is now her third project under her new name—which is also her old name, being the one she was born with—so I suppose I’ll just have to get used to it. She was still Woori when she was acting in You’ve Fallen For Me, but reverted to her real name as horror-comedy Fortune Tellers came out.)
Girl is set against the scenic backdrop of Gangwon-do, and in particular a lake; there, a “horrific story” unfolds alongside a touching melo loveline between a boy and girl. The deeper the love grows, the more the boy becomes attacker and the girl becomes a victim, though it seems to hint that there’s more here than just an abusive relationship. Perhaps an element of the surreal or supernatural?
Kim Yoon-hye plays the heroine Hye-won, who “harbors many secrets and possesses a curious aura” as she acts as the sole caregiver for her father, who suffers from mental illness. Playing the boy is Kim Shi-hoo, a relatively new face who was most recently in Love Rain playing one of Jang Geun-seok’s friends. Blaming himself for his friend’s suicide, he takes his parents’ suggestion to remove to a peaceful location, which is how he ends up in Gangwon-do and falls in love with the heroine.
Director Choi Jin-sung previously did Erotic Chaos Boy and Hitchhiking. Both reportedly garnered some positive reviews but weren’t big projects so it’s hard to gauge based on them, but I do like the atmosphere that’s described, both moody and eerie. If the mysterious vibe is well played, it could make for a really interesting movie.
Girl will begin filming this month.