Sohn Ye-jin considers remake of melo fantasy Be With You
More than ten years ago, my absolute favorite Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi became a household name when she won the hearts of thousands through the family melo film Be With You (Japanese title: Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu). Plans for a Korean remake have been announced, and the offer to play Takeuchi’s character has been given to actress Sohn Ye-jin (The Last Princess).
The movie Be With You was based on a fantasy novel by the same name, written by Takuji Ishikawa. It starts off with the death of a woman, who had a loving husband and a young son. Before she passes away, she makes a promise to her son that she will come back in the rainy season. And just as she promised, she appears one rainy day a year later. When the book first came out, it broke domestic records by selling more than 1 million copies, and remains a steady seller today.
For her performance in Be With You, Takeuchi won three different Best Actress awards, and was nominated for the prize at three other film award ceremonies. Similarly, actress Sohn Ye-jin has received her fair share of awards — winning Best Actress at both the Buil and Busan Film Awards this year for The Truth Beneath.
It seems like director Lee Jang-hoon, Movie Rock Productions, and Lotte Entertainment (the company investing in the Korean Be With You) are all hoping for Sohn Ye-jin’s experienced acting and proven star power to attract filmgoers to the movie. For now Sohn is considering the offer; however, nothing is confirmed.
The Be With You team plans to finish casting soon and start filming in the first half of next year.
Via Sports Chosun