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Soo Ae, Uhm Tae Woong, Jung Jin Young, Jung Kyung Ho
Scheduled to debut 24 July 2008.

Director : Lee Joon Ik 이준익 (King & The Clown)

Production : Tiger Pictures / Showbox

Cast : Soo Ae (9 Ends 2 Out), Uhm Tae Woong (Lucifer, Forever the Moment), Jung Jin Young (King & The Clown, Love Phobia), Jung Kyung Ho (Time between Wolf & Dog, Sorry I Love You)

Official Site : www.nim2008.com

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Source : http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr

8 Aug 2007

LEE Jun-ik Explores Love and War

Celebrated director LEE Jun-ik will next film Nimeun Mon Gose (English translation: Someone Dear is Far Away), about a woman who sets out to search for her missing-in-action husband during the Vietnam War. She decides to become a member of an entertainment group lined-up to give shows in Vietnam for soldiers. The melodrama is a co-production between Tiger Pictures and Achim Pictures.

Showbox is involved as the main financer, investing US$ 7 million in the project. Showbox will also be responsible for distribution. Filming will commence in October and the film is scheduled to be released in next year’s summer. Casting has not been announced yet.

With Nimeun Mon Gose LEE continues to build a distinctive body of films that explore recurring themes and elements. He often unfolds his stories in the past (Once upon a Time in a Battlefield, and King and the Clown, Nimeun Mon Gose) and like King and the Clown, Nimeun Mon Gose will also be a drama dealing with relationships in uncommon situations. LEE has also frequently dealt with male bonding (Once upon a Time in a Battlefield, King and the Clown, Radio Star, and The Happy Life); as well as musicians/entertainers (King and the Clown, Radio Star, The Happy Life, and Nimeun Mon Gose). Moreover, Nimeun Mon Gose will tread on war issued like Once upon a Time in a Battlefield. So far, he has complemented his films with a dose of humor.

Director LEE is best known for his 2005 feature King and the Clown, one of Korea’s most successful films. It tells the love story of two marginal male entertainers during the former Joseon dynasty who suddenly find themselves in the King’s court, desperately trying to survive the power games for which they are used and to stay together.

Yi Ch’ang-ho (KOFIC)

29 Aug 2007

LEE Jun-ik Casts SU Ae and UHM Tae-woong

The leading roles for LEE Jun-ik’s Nimeun Meon Gose (English translation: someone dear is far away) went to SU Ae and UHM Tae-woong. SU Ae will play the female lead role. Her character joins an entertainment group bound for Vietnam to entertain military troops, but her real agenda is to search for her husband who serves in Vietnam. The husband will be portrayed by UHM. The film is set during the Vietnam War in the 70s.

Director LEE has been influential with films like: King and the Clown, Radio Star, and Once upon a Time in a Battlefield. King and the Clown became the most popular Korean film in 2006 and is currently second after BONG Joon-ho’s The Host. King and the clown was a surprise hit when the film went on from a modest release to become a record breaking film through positive word-of-mouth.

SU Ae starred opposite LEE Byung-hun in JOH Keun-shik’s drama Once in a Summer. UHM played in Family Ties alongside MOON So-ri. KIM Tae-yong’s drama was invited by numerous international film festivals. UHM is currently filming The Best Moment of our Lives.

Yi Ch’ang-ho (KOFIC)

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Press conference today 30 June 2008.












Another press conference on 8th July 2008.













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man, it almost reminds me of a chinese movie, very sad looking, but realistic. is there any uhm force pics to show? i want to see him and soo ae together. thanks!

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Thanks so much for opening this thread!

It's wonderful to see SA onscreen again.

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I love SooAe... I'm so glad she's back with a movie... can't wait to watch this when it comes out on clubbox...

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this looks interesting.

UTW & Sooae are both extremely talented actors; this movie seems like it'll be really bittersweet though.

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July 1, 2008

'Sunny' to Bring New Light to Vietnam War

By Lee Hyo-won

Staff Reporter


From left, director Lee Jun-ik and actors Su Ae, Jung Jin-young and Choung Kyung-ho

appear at a promotional event for 'Sunny,' a love story set amid the Vietnam War. / Yonhap

South Korean director Lee Jun-ik, 48, who marked an important chapter in Korean cinema with "King and the Clown" (2005), shows off a different cinematic theme through the Vietnam War love story 'Sunny," coming to theaters at the end of the month.

Some 320,000 Korean men were dispatched to fight alongside American troops in the Vietnam War. But unlike most war movies, and Lee's previous works, the film's protagonist is a woman. Top actress Su Ae plays the role of Sunny, an average housewife who becomes a singer in order to search for her husband. Many celebrities actually toured to provide entertainment for soldiers at the time.

"Working with historical stories made me realize that everything was history not 'herstory.' Most works of art and literature are told from the point of view of males,'' said Lee, who himself was criticized for his overly male-centric movies. "We're living in the 21st century, and I thought it would be meaningless to tell another war story from the male perspective. This is prevalent among American movies on Vietnam," he told reporters at a press event in Seoul, Tuesday.

"From a woman's eyes, there is no ally or foe. Everyone's running around with a gun," he said, further explaining that the film is not political. Rather, it is about the raw human experience.

However, the movie isn't free of the ideological ideals, said Lee. "In most Vietnam War movies, which are American, we tend to sympathize with the U.S. and it doesn't affect us when Vietcong fall dead. It's been decades since Korea-Vietnam relations were normalized, and it's about time we offer a new perspective," he said.

The director also explained that this movie does justice to the fact that not enough cultural content is devoted to the subject matter here. Lee is known as a period specialist due to his box office smash story set in the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910). But his last two works "Radio Star" and "The Happy Life" featured rock music. "This is probably the epitome of my work," he said, as the film combines a historical setting and music.

Preview clips of the movie showed Su Ae singing the songs herself. The 27-year-old revealed that she had actually planned on debuting as a pop singer. But such plans were thwarted and she rose to stardom through the TV melodrama "Love Letter."

However, she said she was a terrible singer and had to receive vocal lessons for two months prior to the shooting. "The director said that I was beyond terrible when he first heard me sing," she laughed. "I don't have many lines, so I had to communicate through facial expressions. It was tough but very enjoyable."

To this, the director added, "Hey, it's no fun if it's easy, that's what actors get paid for, isn't it?" and drew laughter from the room.

The movie also stars Lee's "designated persona" Jung Jin-young. About their fourth collaboration together, the 43-year-old actor said the shoot in Thailand felt more like a vacation. The director said the two were kindred spirits before they were cineastes, and exhibit great teamwork "whether it's making a movie or selling cabbage."

Rising star Choung Kyung-ho, 24, finally mixes lines with Jung. Before he played the part of a younger Jung in the movie "For Eternal Hearts," so they never appeared in the same frame. Choung plays the role of a double bassist who helps Sunny find her husband while being continuously ripped off by their manager (Jung). The youngest in the batch, he said that the film enabled him to learn more about the Vietnam War, and that the explosions frightened him during the shoot.

"This movie is not just about a woman searching for her loving husband. Through the process she embarks on a journey of self-discovery," said the director. In theaters July 24. Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex.

Credits: hyowlee@koreatimes.co.kr


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Im really looking forward to this movie... I love SooAe, she's a really good actress.

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July 1, 2008

In 'Sunny,' woman looks at Vietnam War


Director Lee Jun-ik built up a lofty reputation with "King and the Clown," a surprising hit which sold more than 10 million tickets in 2005. Naturally, expectations are mounting for his latest project, titled "Sunny" (Nim-eun meongose)."

But Lee expressed his displeasure at the current film industry trend in which the public judge a film only in terms of ticket sales. "Making films is not a record-setting competition," he told reporters on Monday at a news conference held in Seoul to promote his new film that cost a hefty 7.1 billion won to produce.

Lee's terse remark came as a response to a reporter's question about his conjecture about the number of viewers. "Nobody knows how many people will watch my film," he said. "Even though the film industry is now going through a drastic change, we should try to strike a balance between cultural value and economic value."

Set in 1971 when the Vietnam War is under way, the movie features Sun-i (played by Su Ae) who takes up a performing art job and embarks on an unlikely journey to reunite with her missing husband in the pernicious war zone.

Lee said he has made particular efforts to highlight the role of a female character for "Sunny." "I have been criticized for making male-oriented films, so I have tried to change my style to bring to the front a female character," he said.

The focus is duly placed on the trouble-laden path of Sun-i, who belatedly searches for her husband (Uhm Tae-woong). She summons an incredible courage to track down her loved one, and to that end, joins a troupe that is set to head for Vietnam to stage a performance for Korean soldiers. In the process, she relies on Jeong-man (Jung Jin-young) to make it to the dangerous region.

Director Lee stressed that Su Ae, a queen of Korean melodrama, was a perfect match for the cinematic image he had conjured up for the drama. "No other actress in Korea has the distinctively pure image that Su Ae has," he said.

The character she plays offers a totally different perspective about the movie, in a welcome departure from the traditional war movies where male voices dominate and female characters are largely sidelined. "A woman's point of view provides an objective angle that can reflect the war as it is," Lee said.

Su Ae said she took a two-month training to refine her dancing and singing, which are poetically inserted into the film. "I was very worried about whether I could pull off this character, and once the shooting started, the character itself was evolving on a daily basis, so I had to dig up the character to get it right," she said.

Jung Jin-young, who has long worked with director Lee, said the role he takes in "Sunny" was an interesting trip to a new world. "He always brings me to a new, exciting place, and I'm curious about where I should be led when we work together again," he said.

The Vietnam War is an important -- and troubling -- chapter for Korean history. Back in the 1970s, Korea was desperate to kickstart its economic growth and the country opted for joining the controversial war, and the movie, to be released here on July 24, tackles the issue from a fresh angle.

Director Lee said it's time to look back on the Vietnam War in a different, more objective angle. "When men ponder the war, the result is almost always black and white, good and bad, in a chain of confrontation. But when women look at the war, all the men, whether they are Vietnamese, American or Korean, are by and large the same human beings," Lee said.

By Yang Sung-jin (insight@heraldm.com), image from empas.com


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Oh my god, looks so epic!!!! And it's the director of King and the Clown!! I just watched that, this is going to be amazing.

Now that I look at it, that crazy king from King and the Clown is in it too haha.

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