Bang-ja Chronicles releases trailer
The poster and trailer (watch below) are out for the upcoming Bang-ja Chronicles [방자전], which releases in June. The movie plays with the famous tale of Chun-hyang, which is a story of young lovers in the Joseon era, and stars Kim Joo-hyuk and Ryu Seung-beom.
The film comes from a writer-director who’s familiar with risque material; Kim Dae-woo wrote the script to the 2003 film Untold Scandal, which was an adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Lee Mi-sook, and wrote and directed the 2006 movie Forbidden Quest. Following those racy sageuks, Bang-ja Chronicles has also earned a rating of 19+ for its sexual content.
There have been numerous film adaptations of the original story, notably Im Kwon-taek’s Chunhyang in 2000, while a couple of dramas have twisted the story more comically; drama Delightful Girl Chun-hyang modernized the story and set it in present-day Korea, and Story of Hyang Dan switched around the lovers. (Chun-hyang and Mong-ryong are the fated lovers, but Hyang Dan played with the idea of Mong-ryong falling for Chun-hyang’s maid instead.)
Now Bang-ja Chronicles takes the other angle, and posits that Mong-ryong’s servant Bang-ja was in love with Chun-hyang. This sets up a love triangle between Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyuk), gisaeng’s daughter Chun-hyang (played by Jo Yeo-jung), and the nobleman’s son Mong-ryong (Ryu Seung-beom).
The movie releases on June 3.