Ah, finally an update on that movie Real, which first courted Kim Soo-hyun to play a man with multiple personalities (he has confirmed) and now adds Lee Sung-min (Hwajung) to join him.
The only description earlier reports had given us was the detail about multiple personalities, but now we have more information about its plot and genre; interestingly, there’s no mention of multiple personalities this time. Not that I mind—that was always a trend I was looking forward to seeing end. Real will be an action noir that centers around a “fixer” who takes care of all sorts of jobs in the “black world” of a glamorous metropolis, and the story kicks off when he’s approached by a reporter.
It hasn’t been long since she wrapped filming on her last drama series, but Kim Tae-hee is looking at a film project for her next role, with reports that she’s been offered the lead in a sageuk movie called The Throne: A Noble Man’s Path (a working title). According to a source with her management company, she found the script interesting and is positively considering the project.
Set in the Joseon era, the film centers around King Seongjong, his politician father-in-law, his son, and (naturally, for a sageuk) a conspiracy plot. Seongjong was Joseon’s ninth king, grandson to Sejo and father of Yeonsangun, and reigned in the 15th century until his death in 1494. The role out to Kim Tae-hee is of the woman he falls for at a glance, described merely as a beautiful and charismatic woman. Which, duh, I figured when you offered the role to Kim Tae-hee.
Kim Nam-gil (The Shameless, Shark) sure is lining up the projects lately; it’s hard to keep track of all of his upcoming movies, but it’s nice to know that there’ll always be another one around the bend. He’s currently considering an offer to headline the newest film from director Lee Yoon-ki, of the thoughtful arthouse films My Dear Enemy, Come Rain, Come Shine, and Ad-lib Night, among others. His new project is called My Angel, and tells the story of a man who meets a woman in a vegetative state. How do you have a love story between a man and a woman in a… You know what, I don’t want to ask.
It’s kind of funny how on paper, this movie sounded like Before Sunrise when Yoo Yeon-seok (Warm and Cozy) and Moon Chae-won (Good Doctor) were cast: A man and a woman meet by chance on the KTX train from Seoul to Busan and a romance unfolds over the course of a day. But it turns out that Mood of the Day is a comedy that starts out with Yoo Yeon-seok declaring to Moon Chae-won at first sight: “I’m going to sleep with you tonight.” What, now?
The Blue Dragon Film Awards are one of the biggest awards ceremonies of the year in Korean film, but this time the red carpet seemed more star-studded than usual, perhaps because it’s such a direct contrast to the Daejong Film Awards, which were held last week amidst great controversy. Already the day before the Blue Dragons, the headlines were naming all the stars who would be attending, and it wasn’t hard to read between the lines: …unlike the Daejongs.
You could easily sum up 2015 as: It’s a good year to be Yoo Ah-in. He’s in the best position possible before heading off to army duty in the coming year, what with multiple nominations for his two hit films Veteran and Sado, a headlining role in the current Monday-Tuesday leading drama Six Flying Dragons, and now a Best Actor win at the Blue Dragons. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Unsurprisingly, Assassination, Sado, and Veteran were the big films of the night, with Ode to My Father and Beauty Inside picking up some trophies as well. I generally like the way the Blue Dragons do it — simple, classic, no muss, no fuss. The only surprise for me was Lee Jung-hyun winning the Best Actress award over bigger names like Jeon Ji-hyun, Kim Hye-soo, Jeon Do-yeon, and Han Hyo-joo, but maybe she’ll be this year’s Chun Woo-hee. Guess I should go watch Alice in Earnestland now.
The cast has been confirmed for the newest project from award-winning writer-director Kim Sung-hoon of the gritty crime thriller A Hard Day. His new film, called Tunnel, is kind of self-explanatory once you hear the plot: A man gets trapped inside a tunnel when it caves in on him, and the movie is about the tense, emotional rescue effort.
Oh man, you guuuuuuys, grab your popcorn and settle in, because this year’s 52nd Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards were an unmitigated hot mess, and it is so entertaining.
The ceremony for Korea’s longest-running film awards was held on Friday, November 20, but to get the full context for the unprecedented disaster that was the event, we have to back up a bit to last month, when the awards organizers announced that they would implement a rule whereby only attendees of the ceremony would be given their awards. If a winner did not show up to accept the award, it would be given to another nominee. We may note that this unofficial winners-should-attend rule has been tacitly understood for years, which is why we have historically seen lots of ceremonies where the stars who didn’t win were often absent altogether.
Hyun Bin’s (Fatal Encounter) new action thriller Alliance has cast his co-stars, with Yoon-ah (Prime Minister and I) confirmed to join and Yoo Hae-jin (Veteran) currently considering. I’m excited to see Hyun Bin in another intense movie and Yoo Hae-jin has a ton of entertaining projects under his belt — I have no feelings about Yoon-ah, who is neither a draw for me nor a detractor — so I’m intrigued by the sounds of this match-up.
The movie centers around the formation of the first joint North-South undercover investigative unit, and Hyun Bin was the first to be cast a couple months ago as a North Korean detective. Yoo Hae-jin’s character is also a North Korean detective, but the relationship between the men is described as a “fierce action showdown,” so something tells me there’s plenty of conflict within the team. Maybe a jostling for authority? Personal discord? Disagreement over who’s the bigger badass?
Sung Joon (High Society) and Yeo Jin-gu (Orange Marmalade) are considering offers to headline a new movie titled Shadow Called Yesterday, the new project from director Lee Yu-bin of the mystery-melo-romance Shuttlecock. What is Shadow Called Yesterday about, you ask?
Historical film Dorihwaga (English title: The Sound of a Flower), based on a true story about a famous pansori master and the pupil who becomes the country’s first official female pansori singer, is set to premiere later this month and recently released these promo posters and stills. The promos mostly feature the two leads, Ryu Seung-ryong (Roaring Currents, The Guest) and Suzy (Gu Family Book), and visually, everything certainly looks beautiful.
The film is set in the world of pansori, a traditional form of storytelling via song. The film takes place in 1867, at a time when only men were able to participate, though the heroine isn’t about to let that stop her from learning; the main copy on the posters tells us: “In a time when women could not do pansori, her sound begins.” The title Dorihwaga refers to the first-ever pansori school established in late Joseon, created by the film’s subject, pansori master and teacher Shin Jae-hyo (played by Ryu Seung-ryong), and is also the name of one of his songs.