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Han Hyo-joo becomes a gisaeng for sentimental period film

Han Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes; Gwanghae, the Man Who Became King) has chosen her next project, a historical movie titled Haeohwa, in which she stars as Joseon’s top gisaeng. It’ll be an “impassioned, sentimental” film, which seems to be right up Han’s alley, considering the kinds of moody and romantic roles she’s taken in recent years.

Well, Han’s no stranger to historical pieces (her best performance probably being Dong Yi), nor is she new to playing intelligent and beautiful heroines, so this role sounds like a clear fit for her. The title Haeohwa means “flower that understands words,” and the movie tells the story of “setbacks, sadness, sympathy and pity.” That’s all very vague as far as descriptions go, but it sounds like this will be a movie that’s more about character emotion and relationships than a driving plot; I expect that mood and tone will play a large role in the film.

Han Hyo-joo has made the leap pretty solidly to film after getting her start on television, and it looks like she may be content to stay in that part of the industry. It’s understandable (movies carry a different kind of critical cachet, and have better schedules), though as someone who just inherently prefers television I’d kinda like her to take a drama once and again, because it feels like ages since I’ve seen her in anything at all even though she remains pretty busy with a constant stream of movie roles. I know, I could just watch a movie, but you can’t stop me from wanting the dramas.

Haeohwa will be directed by Park Heung-shik of Children of Heaven and Memories of the Sword, and plans to begin filming in the first half of next year. Han Hyo-joo will wrap up work on her movie Beauty Inside first, then move on to Haeohwa.

Via TV Report

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Hmmm . . . as usual she looks familiar because I think I saw her on Running Man.

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I miss her in dramas too :(

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Dong Yi is definitely one of my top favorite drama and Han Hyo Joo one of my favorite actress. Seeing her again in a historical piece makes me really happy. But I admit that I wish she'll take on a new drama role *crossing fingers in disbelief*.

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I like her and want her to do a drama...it's really been ages since she last starred in one.

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i really miss her in dramas =(

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True, the same with Park Bo Young, And many others

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a flower that understands words? what is that? that sounds so interesting. also, how is haeohwa pronounced?

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I'm not 100% sur, but I think it's pronounced, "HA-E-HWAH" But again, I'm not sure if thats right

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should be hae-oh-hwa

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Is "a flower that understand words" a Korean phrase? I heard it in Hwang Jin Yi too, also to describe gisaeng.

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I just can't see her the same anymore. She actively tried to hide information about her brother and that should be a crime, and a terrible one. Can't support her anymore.

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I am with you...I don't see her the same anymore either.

Once the doubt is there, it clouds your judgement and it sort of kills something in you that you use to feel for that person.

essentially, she has lost the sparkle for me.

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If I were her, I'd do the same. Family comes first even b4 country.

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You'd do the same as in hurt another family to protect your own?

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Let it go. If she had committed any crime she wouldn't be here.

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That last sentence is patently false, considering there's some guy on Korean variety right now who killed someone in a hit-and-run, tried to hide the body, and is still very much "here".

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WHAT?! Assuming that guy's crime was proved and he got the proper punishment...tv supports all kinds of scum. A well known criminal from my country has committed every crime you can think of and still got invited to several shows and even got his own column in a big newspaper... and he just got arrested again after the DA found new evidence to indict him.

As for HHJ, covering for her brother can be a criminal offence, but I wonder if we are to judge her for that if she, to my little knowledge, didn't break the law.

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Agreed.

Because of the actions of her brother, another family no longer has a son to return to them.

Because of the actions of her and her company, the family who lost their son is unable to achieve closure for their loss.

It doesn't matter how good an actress she is anymore.

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I just read up on the scandal and YIKES.

If she really did have her agency do things like pull down articles and searches, she's complicit in the coverup even if it was her brother who committed the crime. I doubt she will face any consequences though, as long as her movies are successful.

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I've always liked her as an actress and I'm excited to see her back on screen.

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I loved Han Hyo-joo in Dong Yi. I think I've re-watched that four times, and it never gets boring.
I've seen her in a couple movies, but I do wish she returned to the small screen. :(

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I don't remember her particularly well in her role in Spring Waltz, but her acting in Dong Yi was great :)

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I miss her in dramas too! I hope she's considering drama scripts and is still looking for the right one to come back. I excepted her to be courted for Kim Eun-sook's new show, and while we don't have names yet, I think it's safe to say HHJ isn't doing it given her schedule.

Either way, I'm excited for this. I think she's a fabulous Sageuk actress hopefully this'll be great!

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Unlike many other people, i actually think she is a solid actress. And she is so gorgeous.

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Yes, I've kind of missed seeing her.

I remember her in Spring Waltz, Shining Inheritance, a bit of Postman to Heaven, and I believe one movie which might have been Only You.

Although she did not ever 'wow!' me, I've always found her a good actress and able to engage my emotions, which is why I watch dramas. So she works for me!

Pity is I don't see her Spring Waltz leading man's in any more leading man roles.

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Seo Do Yeong Spring Waltz leading man i loved him and really miss him i hope he will remember him soon

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I really liked him in Spring Waltz, it was his rookie role and he did the melancholy and bridled anger thing quite well. I only caught a glimpse of him in Unstoppable Marriage which I did not continue watching and somehow he did not appear in any of the dramas I chose to watch ... so I've been missing him too. :(

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The power of sponsorship in korean entertainment.

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Hm, stop with it already - girl comes from a powerful family AND has a good company that knows how to pick movies/dramas for their artirts. She doesn't need a sponsor. All she needed was a big role hit, that dong yi was, and now she is where she is.

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And the Korean bloggers seem to love this type of actresses-calling for protecting image.

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I'm looking forward to her comeback! Although I wonder whether she'll still get backlash for coming back into the spotlight at all - I don't think her image has properly recovered yet?

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She's never been an actress that draws me in so I don't really care whether or not she continues doing movies. I haven't watched any of her movies though so if I ever do, and end up really liking her, then yeah I'd wish she come back to dramas.

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I love her because many of the works she chose are right up my alley:

Dong Yi... Always with So Ji Sub, and Love 911 with Go Soo. Those two films are definitely one of the top romantic movies I watch whenever I need a pick-me-up. And Dong Yi is just LOVE.

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My fav drama from her was Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance. Miss hwansung couple...Hope they will soon act in another drama together. Was happy when they both said in separate interviews they wanted to collaborate with each other again

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HHJ was pretty much doing films at the start of her career.

While her 1st project was Nonstop 5 in 2005, she was in the films "My Boss, My Teacher" and "Ad-lib Night" in 2006 (probably filmed in 2005).

And HHJ's acting in "Dong-yi" was flat, one-note and repetitive (but I place a lot of the blame on the PD).

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im also very excited for this new movie of han hyo joo cause i've already seen all her dramas and movies as well as all of her interviews,CFs,music videos etc and im really looking forward for a new drama of her,i really miss her in a dramaland!pls pls pls make another drama soooon!!!

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