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Boy Meets Boy at PIFF

On October 5, the short film Boy Meets Boy held an open discussion at the Pusan International Film Festival with its stars Kim Hye-sung (Jenny, Juno) and Yeh Ji-won (Mixed-up Investigative Agency) and director Kim Jo Kwang Su.

I remember being intrigued when I first heard about Boy Meets Boy [소년, 소년을 만나다], which marks Kim Hye-sung’s departure from his family-friendly image in Unstoppable High Kick. His early career had been marked by an emphasis on his pretty face more than anything (he rose to fame as an internet uljjang with thousands of fans, got a couple movies, and then the hit sitcom High Kick), but he seems to have a grounded perspective of his fame (as he explained in the interview linked above).

Not only is he portraying half of a gay romance in the short film, the narrative is expressed without dialogue — the director opted instead to tell the story mostly in the characters’ gazes.

While most young stars labeled with the tag “pretty boy” (or kkot-minam, 꽃미남) usually opt to emphasize their masculinity as they grow out of their adolescence (see: Jang Geun-seok), Kim Hye-sung is taking a riskier approach in the queer indie romance, wanting to challenge himself: “Although it was difficult to communicate not through dialogue but through a look in the eye, I took up the challenge thinking this would allow me to learn more about acting.”

He continued, “A lot of people think that I’m very effeminate, but that’s not actually true. But toward the end of shooting this film, I thought I might really be able to like hyung [male co-star Lee Hyun-jin].” He joked that people would see his co-star, who’s more masculine, and say, “Kim Hye-sung must be the girl and Hyun-jin the boy.” He added, “Whenever that happened, I’d get the feeling that I was a girl [laughs].”

Director Kim also disclosed that the actors weren’t paid for their work, and expressed his gratitude.

The film gets an official release in November.



Via News Open World

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wow. yeh ji won looks great. and i really wanna see this!! i don't think i can since its a short.... :(

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he looks like a cute maplestory character with that white beanie on. haha.
but really? no dialogue at all?

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Oooh, I really wanna see this!

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he also looks very bored. haha.

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Holy cow...that Kim Hye-sung looks exactly like a girl in the second left photo from the top o_O

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He's so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! But he does look sort of girly. Hmm.

I can't wait to see the movie!!

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kim hye sung is such a cutie pie. I can't wait to see him age some more ;)

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what did he mean that the actors weren't paid for their work? is this movie for some kind of charity?ermm..i'm not being sarcastic, i'm curious.

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It's an indie short, so it's likely it was made on a shoestring budget. The actors acted for free.

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huh...wonder if it's based off the book Boy Meets Boy or it's one of many unusual consequences.

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Yeh Ji Won looks so incredibly pretty. Gawd, I wanna have her makeup artist.

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this looks interesting.
i like lee hyun jin.
hmm.. i hope it would be released..

kim hye sung is very pretty..
in that style..
love the beanie..

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Next to him I would look like a boy. Natural selection is turning the next generation into the pretty generation. gosh ... I feel so old.

Who will play his lover?

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He sounds so down to earth. I've heard about this a while back and couldn't get more information on it but I'm glad to hear that the project is still active.
I want to watch it!!

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damn he is pretty! XD
interesting movie...

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im kinda interested to see this...hopefully i'll be able to!

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i love you my baby kim hye seong!!!

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i love you more now hye sung! waaah... dont you know that I deffended you on some certain forums because they're accusing you that you are a gay??? i fight with them.. and i was sooo happy now to hear it straight from you that you are a real man! i love you hye seong! kisss***mwuuuaaah*** now i know that i won!

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kim hye sung is soooo adorable and cute. awww..

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kim hye sung!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so handsOme..

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