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Cha In Pyo, Shin Myung Chul
Debut 26 June 2008.

Director : Kim Tae Gyoon 김태균

Cast : Cha In Pyo 차인표, Shin Myung Chul 신명철

Official Site : http://www.crossing2008.co.kr/

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1 첼로는 아버지, 바이올린은 아들... Duo 김태성

2 Main Theme 김태성

3 따뜻하다 김태성

4 쏟아지는 별, 얼어가는 아이 김태성

5 모래이불 김태성

6 너무 늦게오다 김태성

7 조그마한 꿈 김태성

8 渡江(도강) 김태성

9 시간은 가고 김태성

10 出棺(출관) 김태성

11 꽃제비의 비닐이불 김태성

12 행복한 그들 김태성

13 하얀 개, 비극의 시작 김태성

14 대사관 진입 김태성

15 첫통화 김태성

16 Crossing 김태성

17 노동하다 김태성

18 미선이의 꽃신 김태성

19 공기감 김태성

20 아들 목소리 김태성

21 까마귀 노래 김태성

22 E Minor로 쌓아 올리다

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Source: KBS World 2008-03-06

Belated Release of Cha In-pyo’s “Crossing”

Film “Crossing,” directed by Kim Tae-gyun and starring Cha In-pyo, will finally be released four years since it was filmed. This is the first South Korean film to portray the lives of ordinary citizens in North Korea. The film was shot at secret locations in South Korea, China, and Mongolia.

“Crossing” is based on a true story of North Korean refugees who attempted to break into the Spanish embassy in Beijing in 2002. Cha will play the role of the father who had to leave North Korea in search of medicine and food for his family. His eleven-year-old son will be played by child actor Shin Myeong-cheol, who beat out 600 competitors to win the part. The film follows their dangerous search for each other. The makers of “Crossing” will hold a press conference on March 18th to unveil the film for the first time.


Source: JoongAng Daily

North Korean defector crisis of 2002 hits movie screens in ‘Crossing’

March 12, 2008

Director Kim Tae-gyun will unveil his film “Crossing” ― about North Korean defectors ― at a production briefing next Tuesday. The plot revolves around a 2002 incident in which North Korean defectors tried to enter the Spainish Embassy in Beijing. In the film, a defector (Cha In-pyo) leaves North Korea in search of food and medicine for his family. The defector’s 11-year-old son (Shin Myung-chul) sets out to search for his father.

The film’s release date has not yet been set.

By Lee Eun-joo

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great to see cha in pyo again. i love this man. he looks good and he reminds me a lot like china's actor liu ye. In Pyo and his wife are excellent and wonderful people. They are always adopting children that needs help. Wonderful pair, actors/es, and parents. I can't wait to see his new film. What exactly is it about?

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great to see cha in pyo again. i love this man. he looks good and he reminds me a lot like china's actor liu ye. In Pyo and his wife are excellent and wonderful people. They are always adopting children that needs help. Wonderful pair, actors/es, and parents. I can't wait to see his new film. What exactly is it about?

Until the synopsis is out in English, you can read kdramafanusa's post for the storyline.

From the poster, seems their ordeal lasted 131 days and was a journey over 8,000 kilometres.

And yes, CIP and wife just adopted their 2nd child.


wow, this film was filmed four years ago? dang in pyo is still handsome as ever.

is it me, or does the second pic above looks like song seung heon at an angle? more pics please!

You are getting news that just broke out. More info will come when available.

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This is certainly going to be an intense family drama of the father-son relationship, in their ordeal and incredible journey for better days. I just adore CIP since Fireworks (with Lee Young Ae) and Perfect Love (with Kim Hee Ae). Though not seen much of his series/movies lately.. he's always one to look out for, despite the much younger generation actors around. ^^

Thanks Huang for the thread+pics and kdramafanusa for the updates. Merci!

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yeah, this movie seems like it will be very intense family film that will move people to tears. especially with the new hit these days of father son relationship. CIP is awesome. I have his serie with Kim Hee Ae, but I never got the chance to finish it, however, i do love his chinese drama with dong jie.

hopefully this film will win an award.

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March 17, 2008

Daring Movie Tells Plight of N.Korean Refugees


Amid growing interest from the global community in the Chosun Ilbo documentary "On the Border," another Korean film about North Korean refugees is set to be released in May.

"Crossing" is the first Korean feature film to deal with the miserable reality faced by North Korean defectors, including laborers in a logging camp and teenagers who survive by begging and stealing. The 2006 movie "South of the Border" dealt with the story of separated North Korean lovers, but "Crossing" focuses on the refugees' struggle to survive.

"Crossing" is a heartbreaking human drama about a man (Cha In-pyo) who escapes from a mining village in North Korea's North Hamgyong Province to find medicine and food for his family. Later the man's 11-year-old son leaves home to find his father.

The work is based on the true stories of dozens of North Korean defectors, including some involved in the March 2002 incident in which 25 defectors pushed their way past Chinese guards into the Spanish Embassy in Beijing.

Production on the movie was kept secret because parts of it were shot on location on an 8,000-km route stretching from China to Mongolia, as well as out of fear of threats from the North to the safety of interviewees and staff. Actor Cha In-pyo had to promise to reveal nothing about the film until shooting was done.

It took more than a year to interview people and gather information before shooting began. North Korean Kim Chul-yong, who was a member of North Korean arts propaganda squads and defected to the South in 2001, helped out as an assistant director. He also participated in the making of "South of the Border."

The movie cost W4 billion (US$1=W997) to produce, which is the average budget for a commercial film in Korea. The producers did everything they could to minimize the budget, but they had little luck finding investors and had to keep postponing shooting. While the topic is important, it's not one that generally appeals to young viewers so the movie is less likely to succeed at the box office.

Things turned around when new investment and distribution company Vantage Holdings decided to shoulder almost half the production costs. Vantage also invested in the latest hit thriller "The Chaser." Kim Sun-yong, the youngest son of former Daewoo chairman Kim Woo-jung, is a shareholder and board director of Vantage.

The film was directed by Kim Tae-kyun, whose filmography includes the 2001 movie "Whasan High School," "Temptation of Wolves (2004)" and "A Millionaire's First Love (2006)." The producers will hold a press conference on Tuesday to reveal the story behind the production and release the teaser trailers.

Credits: englishnews@chosun.com


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March 19, 2008

'Crossing' depicts the plight of North Korean defectors


In recent years, Korean producers have been spending more on marketing, issuing all sorts of promotional material at every possible occasion to lift their movies' chances at the box-office. Strangely though, "Crossing," a film project started about four years ago, did not announce its progress.

At a news conference held on Tuesday in downtown Seoul, "Crossing" director Kim Tae-kyun and lead actor Cha In-pyo finally disclosed the plot and some details of the film based around the politically sensitive issue of North Korean defectors.

In the film, Yong-su (played by Cha In-pyo), a North Korean living in a mining village in Hamgyeong Province, crosses the northern border with China to get food and medicine for his ailing wife, only to find himself on the run. His 11-year-old son (Shin Myeong-cheol) also risks his life to trace his father in China.

Shot in Korea, Mongolia and China between July and September last year, "Crossing" portrays the plight of North Koreans who are desperate to survive. It does so in a realistic manner aiming to raise awareness of the issue.

"This movie is about a man who faces poverty, violence and extreme control just because he happens to be born in North Korea," Cha said. "In the movie, my son is 11 years old, and I have a real son who is now 11 years old. When I was playing the role for the movie, I thought about the possibility that what I would do if my own child were sick and starving?"

Asked about a potential run for the forthcoming election, Cha said he did not have any intention to jump into politics, and the primary motive for joining the film project was his desire to help the starving North Korean children.

Director Kim Tae-kyun said: "I hope there should be no misunderstanding about this movie in terms of politics, and the key issue is concerned with the essential human nature."

Kim said the production staff members had so far met more than 100 North Korean defectors, and that careful preparations have been made to reflect the reality concerning defectors without provoking unnecessary controversy.

Director Kim said North Korean defectors' organizations helped the project in many ways, offering detailed views about the situation in North Korea and lending photographs that were later used as references for the film.

Cha said he initially rejected the offer from director Kim. "At first, I just declined his offer partly because a film about North Korean defectors would not be welcome in the market. But afterward I happened to see a photo showing a starving North Korean child, and I cried a lot because I didn't do anything for so many compatriots who are suffering."

Cha, who is also widely recognized in China for his television dramas, is also serving as an honorary ambassador for a campaign against child abuse.

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


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Source : http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/new...0804300013.html

N.Korean Refugees Film Strikes Chord at U.S. Screening

On Monday afternoon, a film depicting the misery and challenges faced by North Korean refugees was screened for an audience at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. "Crossing" was shown as part of North Korea Freedom Week, a series of events organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC), a union of American groups concerned with human rights in North Korea.

About 100 people attended the screening, including congressional staffers such as House International Relations Committee specialists Dennis Halpin and Doug Anderson; Peter Beck, executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; Kim Sung-min, a former North Korean refugee and head of Free North Korea Radio; Shimada Yoichi, a representative of an association for Japanese victims of North Korean abductions and a professor of international relations at Fukui Prefectural University; and officials from the Japanese Embassy in Washington.


The screening was a somber affair. The audience began shedding tears during a scene in which the main character, Kim Yong-soo (Cha In-pyo), a former player for the South Hamgyong provincial soccer team, leaves his sick and starving wife (Suh Young-hwa) and his 11-year-old son Juni (Shin Myung-chul) and sets out for China in search of food.

More tears came as Kim's wife succumbed and a distraught Juni chased after the truck carrying off his mother's body, crying that she not be taken away. Kim eventually makes his way to South Korea, but it's there, through a refugee settlement broker, that he learns of his wife's passing. "Why does Jesus exist only in the South?" he laments. "Why do you neglect North Korea?"

An In-ok, a former North Korean refugee, cried bitterly in the back of the theater, watching as the film told a story reminiscent of her own. An was separated from her 13-year-old son Lee Myung-ju while being chased by Chinese police after fleeing from the North in 2003. Eventually the audience, which had been quietly wiping tears away, started crying together. Even after the film finished at around 5 p.m., many in the theater sat frozen in their seats, overcome with sadness.

Dennis Halpin called the film a "masterpiece," and said it made clear the North Korean tragedy. He compared the film to "The Diary of Anne Frank", saying the movie could reveal to the world the miserable fate facing millions of North Koreans just as "Diary" exposed the horrors of the Holocaust. Peter Beck called "Crossing" the best film yet made about the subject, and said he hoped many people would see it to gain a better understanding of the situation in the communist country.

The film was based on real stories, its creators said. Patrick Cheh, 43, the Korean-American president of Unity Media and the producer of "Crossing", and screenwriter Lee Yoo-jin, 38, said they interviewed hundreds of North Korean refugees in South Korea and many in China so that people could know their reality. But Nam Sin-U, vice chairman of the NKFC and the organizer of the screening, regretted the absence of South Korean Embassy staff. "Four officials came from the Japanese Embassy in Washington," he said, "but nobody came from the South Korean Embassy."

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Damn. Cha In Pyo's still as charismatic as he was back then. I want to see this! ^__^

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May 6, 2008

Crossing Screens at US Library of Congress


Upcoming South Korean feature Crossing, a harrowing tale about a North Korean family’s desperate struggle to survive, screened at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. last week. Those in attendance included House International Relations Committee specialists Dennis Halpin and Doug Anderson, Peter Beck, executive director of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, KIM Sung-min, a former N.K. refugee and close to 100 foreign journalists.

Halpin, a Republican, called the film a “masterpiece” in its portrayal of human suffering under dictatorship, putting it on par with the “Diary of Anne Frank”. Beck called Crossing the best film ever made on the subject of North Korean defectors. Several in the audience reportedly broke into tears as they watched the family’s sad plight.

Based on the real-life accounts of numerous North Korean refugees, the film centers on a family of three, the husband, Yong-soo, his wife, and their 11-year-old son. When Yong-soo’s wife becomes seriously ill, he travels across the border into China in search of medicine but is ultimately forced to become a refugee in South Korea. Meanwhile, his ailing wife weakens through malnutrition and his son, desperate, decides to cross the desert in search of father.

The film is directed by KIM Tae-kyun, whose previous features include Volcano High (2001) and A Millionaire’s First Love (2006). It stars CHA In-pyo (Hanbando) and SHIN Myoung-cheol. Produced by production house Camp B, the film is slated for local release on June 5 through distributor Vantage Holdings. Fine Cut is handling international sales.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC), image from news.yahoo.kr


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