Meet the Big Fat Korean Wedding
Here’s more info on the Hollywood debut project for Kang Hye-jung. The Korean article mistakenly refers to the title of the film as “Wedding Planner,” but I believe it’s actually Korean Wedding, to be co-produced by Korea’s CJ Entertainment and American Vertigo Entertainment and Lionsgate.
Korean Wedding centers around an American man falling in love with a Korean woman; he proposes, and they set off for the mother country to gain her parents’ consent. Apparently this is based on the real-life experiences of one of the writers, Iain McConnell, who co-writes with his cousin, Jason Filardi, who wrote Bringing Down the House (which did such a cleverly original and multidimensional job of Odd Couple-ing the Uptight White Man and the Uproariously Loud Black Woman, no? No racial stereotyping there at all). I’d say it sounds based on My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Meet the Parents, but whatever.
I think the movie sounds terrible already (Look at those crazy Koreans! Omg what are they going to make me eat? Think of all the language misfires that will ensue! O, culture clash, were you ever so rife with comedic potential? Hilarrrrrrious), or if not terrible, then at least terribly trite. I’m a little disappointed that such a strong actress as Kang Hye-jung has chosen this kind of standard film as her crossover vehicle — she’s capable of so much more — but maybe I should just be glad she’s not playing another of many vampire or ninja assassins. (Of all the upcoming Hallyu-goes-Hollywood attempts, I think Song Hye-gyo‘s John Woo film is looking the most promising right now.)
Well, if anyone can bring to life the little quirky details of a character, it’s Kang Hye-jung. And yeah, I’ll probably see it. Isn’t that what counts?