An internet sensation aspires to conquer the screen
“In the face of love, these four men and women have no strategy, no experience, no courage, and no counterstrategy, but embark on a special romance in Soonjung Manhwa.”
This is how the new movie is being touted, and I’ve chosen not to translate the title because while “soonjung manhwa” literally means a “pure comic book,” it’s also the Korean term for what is more commonly known as “shoujo manga.” Here’s the Wikipedia definition of shoujo:
“[M]anga marketed to a female audience roughly between the ages of 10 and 18… [which] covers many subjects in a variety of narrative and graphic styles… often with a strong focus on human and romantic relationships and emotions.”
In any case, Soonjung Manwha has finished filming, and it seems like just the type of thing I’d go for. The movie is an adaptation of the internet manhwa which became a hit sensation, drawing in more than 60 million pageviews and building up an enthusiastic netizen audience.
The film stars Yoo Ji-tae (Oldboy) in the lead role, starring with Chae Jung-ahn (Coffee Prince), Lee Yeon-hee (East of Eden), and Kang In of Super Junior. Manning the camera is director Ryu Jang-ha, the writer for One Fine Spring Day and assistant director for Christmas in August
There’s a reason to be optimistic about the film with its sizable built-in fanbase from the internet original, plus its four good-looking stars (with two older and more experienced actors — Yoo, Chae — to balance out the other two hot young things, who target the younger market). But we won’t be able to find out for sure until the film opens on November 27.