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Black and white dreams with Han Ye-ri in Chunmong

The 21st Busan International Film Festival kicked off with director Zhang Lu’s latest project, Chunmong (also known as A Quiet Dream), starring rising actress Han Ye-ri (Worst Day, Age of Youth). Filmed in all black and white, the movie retains a dream-like quality while conveying a heartwarming message. With Chunmong, Zhang Lu examines the meaning of hopes and dreams through a quiet story about a young woman who runs a bar, and her three loyal customers.

Surprisingly, instead of using career actors, Lu had three filmmakers who also have some acting experience co-star in his film as Ye-ri’s three suitors. The first, Yang Ik-jun (Breathless, Scholar Who Walks the Night) plays an uncouth local gangster. The second, Park Jung-bum (Journals of Musan, Alive) plays a timid North Korean refugee who is fired from his factory job even before he can collect his wages. The last is Yoon Jong-bin (Kundo: Age of the Rampant, The Unforgiven), who plays the building owner’s son with uncontrollable tics who isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

Like a Snow White with three dwarves instead of seven, Ye-ri acts at times like a mother and at other times like a lover to the three men who are broken in different ways. By day, she nurses her ill bedridden father, and by night, she nurses the emotional pain of these men who come to her small bar for her comforting presence. They are contented with her caring affection until the arrival of another man in their midst. Star cameos include Yoo Yeon-seok (Love, Lies), Shin Mina (Gyeongju), Kim Tae-hoon (Trick), and Kim Eui-sung (Train to Busan).

Korean-Chinese film director Zhang Lu is known for his previous works Scenery and Gyeongju, which focused on the silent oppression of Chinese citizens with Korean heritage. He currently serves as a lecturer on film culture at the Yonsei University Communication Academy. In Chunmong, he explores an altogether different subject matter, the warmth of life and love.

Dreamy sentimental film Chunmong makes its official domestic premiere on October 13.

Via SportsWorld

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she is wonderful and I want to see it, but every time I keep bugging our Black Nights Film Festival secretary for clues about the program she just says they will reveal the program in november and she cant even give me a hint if the movies I am asking about could be in there or not. drat drat drat. If this is relatively new, then I am not too sure, however they do like movies with indie feel...

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This is really unique, unexpected and somewhat bold, by choosing filmmakers over actors.

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Chilbongie looks so gorg in that leather jacket.

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Must watch, waiting...

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the pictures reminds me to old magazines i found in my grandmothers house. aaahh!!! now i really want to go there again, to that time and place.

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I love this! Can't wait to see it. :)

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Kim Eui-sung is everywhere and I'm not complaining lol.

I've been waiting for this to come out. Hopefully it'll show up in my local theatre soon.

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You know, it is very good move for him to act in W, because if before this he was only known in chungmuro, but nowadays many international viewers also know him. Train To Busan also made him more popular internationally. And now he is everywhere LOL

Looks like many people watched W because of Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo, but Kim Eui Sung's character is what made this drama actually more interesting, imo. The power of veteran, i guess.

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So I didn't realize the selfish ahole of a CEO was him in TTB until you mentioned it, granted I just watched it over the weekend! Also, he made W more interesting for me when my interest in the OTP totally dropped on the second half of the drama.

This cast definitely piqued my interest in the movie and I'm usually up to watch indies from time to time, so hopefully this will be available to stream somewhere in the near future.

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Where do you guys watch Korean movies with english subs? And how long does it usually take for them to be available online?

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Any website that streams dramas has also a selection of Asian movies. It takes up to a year for a Korean film to get properly subbed. Unless you pay for the service, I think on places like Dramafever.

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just finished AoY, this girl is amazing!!!

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Yes, this girl was amazing in AoY. I hope we see more of her in other future projects as well.

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Wow - this looks amazing! Drama Beans staff, please announce where this might be available with English subs when you find it. Thank you.

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I love the last poster. I love that we call it a "bar." Haha.

The black and white has the effect of paring everything down to its bare bones, making even the glow of a light bulb look brighter than usual.

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This looks like a gem. I want to watch!

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Dang!

This film has a good # of my favorite young-ish actors (even if in cameo form), including, of course, the lead, Han Ye-ri.

Not familiar w/ Zhang Lu’s work, but must have quite the reputation to have so many talented actors willing to work w/ him for likely not much $$.

Those b&w stills are so expressive of the human condition and everyday life & struggles.

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"There's also a fourth suitor in the shape of a nameless football-playing tomboy (Lee Joo-yeong), who, beneath her confrontational posture toward the men, is actually a poetry-writing sentimentalist at heart."

Just to complete the plot summary:)

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Oh, I was curious about the other girl in the teaser. Thanks!

BTW, this film is different from that other Han Yeri film where she dates 3 guys too, right? It's a bit confusing. @[email protected]

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Yes, Worst Woman.

I guess there is something about...Ye-ri?!

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