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Duel between Kim Yun-jin and Park Hae-il

Kim Yun-jin (Lost) and Park Hae-il (The Host) have been cast in the suspense thriller Duel [대결], which could also be translated Confrontation or Showdown.

The plot revolves around “a mother who must save her daughter, and a son who must protect his mother.” Kim’s character is blessed with a happy life, “but in the moment of danger, she gradually discovers the devil inside her.” In contrast, Park’s character has nothing and lives in rage and despair, “but as he lives his hardscrabble life he discovers his last hope.” (It’s an interesting juxtaposition, but I hope it doesn’t get too caught up in its perfect-opposites setup, which can result in oversimplification of character complexities.)

Kim’s last movie was Harmony, set in a women’s prison. Her last thriller was in 2007, Seven Days, in which she also played a mother saving her daughter. She said, “In Seven Days [my character] was a strong woman who could handle whatever came her way, but this time she’s very weak and emotional. It makes my heart break for the extreme situation that she finds herself in.” With Lost now over, I wonder if we’ll be seeing Kim ramping up her film career in Korea.

Park Hae-il, meanwhile, has a film coming out in the next week: the anticipated movie Moss (Ikki), which is a crime thriller that comes from director Kang Woo-seok of Silmido and Public Enemy Returns.

Duel entered filming on July 9 and is aiming for a release later this year.

Via Asia Economy

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Yunjin Kim could swing both ways. She could go back to Korea and revive her career or she could stay in the U.S. and further her resume. Media/TV critics in the U.S. have applauded her (underused) acting on Lost over and over again. It wouldn't be hard to believe she has just as many offers coming from the U.S. as she does in Korea.

On a different note,, are you not going to cover Choi Chul Ho the woman beater??

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I loved her in LOST. Can't wait to see her in a Korean Movie. :D

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I love her. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her in something new, because right now every time I look at her my heart breaks all over again. :-(

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park hae-il kind of reminds me of an older and tanner jung il-woo

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@4 Mandy - I thought the same thing.. especially this particular angle, they do look so similar.

Duel sounds interesting. I also want to see Ikki, will have to wait for the subtitles.

thanks JB

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I just watched Kim Yun-jin and highly recommend it for anyone ready for a weepy but feel good movie. It's a compassionate look at why women end up in prison (crimes of passion, domestic violence, loan sharking to help one's family, etc.).

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oops, the comment was about the movie Harmony.

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Heh, I managed to watch 5ish seasons of Lost because of her and my love for Jin/Sun, but then I just gave up. I hate feeling manipulated THAT way.

Anyway, the premise of the movie doesn't sound so bad. I'd watch it

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Is it me or Park Hae Il is super hot in that pic??! He's one awesome actor. Love all his works!

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Yay! I loved her in Lost. It's good to see that she is continuing her career over in Korea. (=

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