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Cha Soo Yeon, Yoo Ha Joon

Nowhere to Turn

여기보다 어딘가에

(lit. Somewhere Over Here)



Cha Soo-Yeon 차수연

Yoo Ha-Joon 유하준

Bang Jun-Seok 방준석, Lee Eol 이얼, Park Won-Sang 박원상, Kim Byung-Ok 김병옥, Oh Gwang-Rok 오광록, Bang Eun-Jin 방은진

Written and Directed by

Lee Seung-Young 이승영


Go Nak-Sun 고낙선


Ong Kyung-Ae 옹경애


Kim Woo-Il 김우일

Art Direction

Hwang Ji-Na 황지나


Sogyumo Acacia Band 소규모 아카시아 밴드


Kim Min-Hong 김민홍

Sound Mixing

Kim Su-Hyun 김수현

Sound Recording

Jo Min-Ho 조민호

Costume Design

Jo Ji-Eun 조지은


Kang Hee-Jin 강희진

Produced by

Shin Chul 신철

Production Company

Chung-Ang University, KM Culture

Domestic Distribution


International Sales

KM Culture

Running Time

106 Minutes

World Premiere

October 7, 2007

12th Pusan International Film Festival

Release Date

August 21, 2008









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2007.10.5 PIFF GV (Guest Visit) session

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이승영 Lee Seung-Young

2005 [나 그런 사람 아니에요 I'm Not That Kind of Person] 16mm, color, 25min.

--- Seoul Independent Film Festival In Competition (2006)

--- Busan Asian Short Film Festival Finalist (2006)

--- InDPanda International Short Film Festival, Hong Kong (2006)

--- Indie Forum (2007)

2006 [소녀 x 소녀 Girl by Girl] HD, color, 80min. Screenplay only.

2007 [여기보다 어딘가에 Nowhere to Turn] HD, color, 106min.

--- Pusan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Today: Vision (2007)

--- Indie Forum (2008)

Lee Seung-Yong is majoring in film production at the GSAIM (Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multimedia & Film) in Chung-Ang University; he is also a graduate of the university's Department of Film Studies. His 2006 short, I'm Not That Kind of Person won acclaim at various film festivals. He went on to write the script for Girl by Girl (2006, Park Dong-Hoon). In 2007, he directed his first motion picture Somewhere Over Here about young people’s story of hope for the future. This first feature film draws on his own experiences. In it, the heroine dreams of becoming a musician as she wanders around Hongik University. The vicissitudes of her life are depicted frankly in the movie.


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Newly graduated from college, Soo-yeon wants to go abroad to study music. After arguing with her mother about the money to go abroad, Soo-yeon leaves her mother and starts living with her college mate, Dong-ho, and hanging out with a famous musician named Hyun. Soo-yeon is not able to get used to her part-time job at a piano school even though she desperately needs the money to live on. Soo-yeon and her boyfriend Dong-ho form a band to participate in a music competition, where Hyun is one of the judges for the competition. This film tells a story about a girl, who, little by little, becomes the reflection of young people of our times, falling for a short romance and clumsily adapting to real life by going through growing pains.

[Korea Times]

Soo-yeon is 26, unemployed and living with her parents. She is also frustrated that they oppose her dream of becoming a musician. She moves in with her friend Dong-ho, taking advantage of his crush on her. Small-time musician Hyeon offers Soo-yeon music lessons but seeks to get her into bed. After a series of failures, she decides to team up with Dong-ho to enter a rock competition. Official selection at the 2007 Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival.


No money, no talent, and no strings to pull. Now what? Up-and-coming director Lee Seung Young (Byul Soon Geom) opens up a dialogue between the audience and the twenty-something generation, who are often criticized for their lackadaisical attitude towards work and career in the delightful coming-of-age drama Nowhere To Turn. The film features a strong commanding performance from Cha Soo Yeon, Chungmuro's rising starlet who recently garnered much praise for her exquisite role in the gripping psychological film Beautiful.

In her latest role, Cha plays a 26-year-old slacker who struggles to come to terms with her transition from post-collegiate life to adulthood. Interestingly, Cha saw much of herself in her role and reportedly asked the director to have her character's name be replaced with her own. The film also marks the acting debut of award-winning musical director Bang Jun Seok (Sunny, Radio Star, JSA). Ensuring the film's continued appeal is the movie's soundtrack, which features the melancholic acoustic-strummed tunes of indie band Sogyumo Acacia Band. Smart, introspective and funny all in one small package, Nowhere To Turn is a young director's triumph of art over budget.

Twenty-six-year-old college graduate Soo Yeon (Cha Soo Yeon) may be jobless and also clueless about her future; but she does have one big dream: to study music in England. The only problem is that she has neither the talent nor the drive for her goal. One day she runs away from home and shacks up with her friend Dong Ho (Yoo Ha Joon, Beastie Boys). Together, they form a band in hopes of entering the upcoming music competition. Despite Dong Ho's obvious signs of affection, Soo Yeon turns her eyes to a smooth-talking musician Hyun (Bang Jun Seok) though she is too blind to see his ulterior motives.


She has a dream but needs money to make her dream come true. Just because she has no money, she can't give up and go into the fishing industry! She's willing to aspire, but she has no skill... in other words, she has a dream but no maturity!

"Nowhere to Turn" is about a girl in the 20's who wants to leave 'here' where everyone laughs at her dreams for somewhere where she can be free to hope. 26-year-old Soo-yeon acted by Cha Soo-yeon has graduated college but has no job. She wants to go to England to study and become a musical actress but she is not supported by her family. She leaves home and lives in a penthouse with a friend, Dong-ho acted by Yoo Ha-joon.

Dong-ho has just finished his military service and returns to his college and his band, but can not adjust after two years of absence. Soo-yeon meets meets a musician Hyeon acted by Bang Joon-seok who is educated from overseas at a club where Dong-ho's band has a concert. She stars to like Hyeon who at first dislikes her. Soo-yeon faces much criticism and mockery for her high hopes and dreams. Her mother tells her to earn her own money if she wants to go abroad for her dream and her bestfriend who works at the market doesn't understand her and fails to comfort her. All Soo-yeon can do is scream she doesn't know what to do and cries sitting in the corner of a public restroom.

Before deciding to register entering the university abroad, Soo-yeon who wants to be a musician faces the objection of her family who ignores her dream. She tries to find a way to make her dream come true, but the chance is not on her side. Finally, she challenges to a musician contest with her old friend, Dong-ho who is the only one trusts in her. However, once stepping on the stage, her heart starts beating extremely?


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Is this the girl in Beautiful?

I wonder what the guy looks like.


Oh my gahh, YooHaJun was the psycho stalker step-brother in that SungYuri drama!!

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Cha Su-Yeon Goes 여기보다 어딘가에 (Somewhere Over Here)

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Everything seems to say "young" about this project.

Young is the protagonist Cha Su-Yeon, one of the most exciting new talents in Korea, as her choice of projects shows; young is fellow lead Yoo Ha-Joon, headlining an interesting cast featuring Lee Eol, Kim Byeong-Ok and even music director Bang Jun-Seok; young is the director, Lee Seung-Young, who after working on the interesting cable sageuk 별순검 (Byeolsungeom) and writing the script for the film 소녀X소녀 (Girl by Girl) makes his debut here.

Film stars Cha as a musician-wannabe who tries to make enough money for her trip to England, where she'll learn the tricks of the trade. On the way, as you can expect, her plains are derailed, even if for a brief moment. Indiestory will release this on August 21 (very limited release, as always), and after that its Festival run should start, hopefully with a DVD release down the line.

Dreamless Drifters Take 'Nowhere' Far

By Lee Hyo-won

Korea Times Staff Reporter


There's no breathtaking drama or enlightening moral message, nor does it feature something ingeniously surreal as one might expect in an independent movie. Nevertheless, "Nowhere to Turn" by Lee Seung-young is a small gem of a film that shows the art of simplicity and the hallmark of creativity only possible in low-budget projects.

This coming-of-age drama finally meets the larger public since premiering at the 2007 Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF). The 29-year-old director writes "youth" all over it: mellow music by indie band Sogyumo Acacia Band heightens the narrative and fresh faces portray unforgettably forgettable, antiheroic personas. While digitally shot, the movie's audiovisuals are surprisingly polished (fine touches by top cineastes like Jo Min-ho and Go Nak-seon) and veteran actors play hilarious cameo roles.

Soo-yeon (Cha Soo-yeon) is an unemployed 26-year-old college graduate unable to abandon her dreams to become a musician. She lives with her parents, but still complains how they refuse to "invest" in her bright future by funding her studies in London.

After some pitiful attempts to raise money by selling her kid brother's video game console and other household plunders, our whiney protagonist gives her family the ultimatum by leaving the house. She takes shelter at Dong-ho's house, taking advantage of her good friend's romantic feelings for her. Dong-ho, just returning to school from the army, also hangs onto his musical cravings by joining a small band.

Meanwhile, Soo-yeon, while still dreaming of London, gets a post at a tiny piano school and strikes the fancy of a sleazy musician, Hyeon (renowned music director Bang Jun-seok makes his acting debut). He offers to give Soo-yeon music lessons but getting her into bed is all he has in mind.

When Dong-ho gets kicked out of his band for not practicing enough and Soo-yeon also gets fired for not doing her job, the two decide to start their own duo and enter a rock music competition.

Although "Nowhere" speaks of growing pains and young dreams and loves, the characters are neither young nor naive ― disheartened by the widening gap between high hopes and stark reality, they increasingly feel that passion is a luxury they cannot afford. What makes the film special, however, is that while it reads like a documentary, the characters are more an expression of the ideal than an imitation of the real. They are quintessential outsiders, who are endearing as much as they are annoying. Rising star actress Cha, disheveled and awkward, breaks away from her almost allegorical feminine roles from "Beautiful" (2008) and "For Eternal Hearts" (2007).

Words, emotions and music meander throughout. While the characters' frustrations are understandable, the film's lack of emotional release is baffling. But the true beauty of "Nowhere's" delicate narrative architecture lies in the unsaid, the hesitations and inaction ― like the all-too familiar, tragicomic moments in life that leave you stupidly staring into space and unable to take a step forward, yet always wanting to travel far away.

These drifters disillusioned by their own dreams will enable the viewer to question his or her own walk of life: "Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it," wrote American novelist Flannery O'Connor ("Wise Blood") ― "In yourself right now is all the place you've got."

In theaters Aug. 21. 106 minutes. 15 and over. Distributed by Indiestory.

Nowhere to Turn

Posted by luna6, Lunapark6

Editor Rating: 7.0

Love ‘em or Hate ‘em, Korean indie films on their good days do provide a fresh of breath air from all the glossy, but ultimately hollow, commercial films piped out of Chungmuro vis a vis Kangnam. Such recent indie gems like “Boys of Tomorrow” and “Ad Lib Night” is confirmation enough that you don’t need big bucks to make compelling films. Now there’s another film, “Nowhere to Turn,” that you can place into that group.

In “Nowhere to Turn,” possibly bi-polar Su-yeon (Su-yeon Cha), dreams of studying music abroad. Unfortunately, her family lacks the financial means to fulfill her wishes and, as a matter of fact, Su-yeon may lack the talent needed to make her dreams come true. Yet having a dream is nearly as important as the dream itself and Su-yeon never veers from attaining those dreams.

Su-yeon then picks up a job teaching piano to little kids, but she doesn’t have the concentration to stay there for very long. After she’s fired from her job, she stays over at Dong-ho’s apartment. Dong-ho is like a puppy to Su-yeon, she knows he’s in love with her and has been so for awhile. Su-yeon then meets an intriguing musician whose only interested in her for sex. Before he can act out his desires with Su-yeon, his live-in girlfriend quickly puts an end to their relationship.

Now Su-yeon is back with Dong-ho. She encounters a girl that seems to take interest in Dong-ho and Su-yeon has no problems telling her a white lie (that Dong-ho has AIDS), just to keep her away. Now Su-yeon and Dong-ho have only each other. They decided to form a duo and enter an upcoming musical competition. Will they finally achieve their dreams?

Let’s get the drawbacks out of the way first since the positives far outweigh the negatives. Su-yeon Cha admirably tries to play a quirky character that someone like Du-na Bae can pull off in her sleep, but Su-yeon seems to lack the comical touch to really make Su-yeon come to life (this is the type of character that should jump out and take your heart away). If Su-yeon could have pulled this off than “Nowhere to Turn” would have been off the charts, but alas her performance is just serviceable. The other drawback to “Nowhere to Turn” is the lack of freshness in critical areas of the movie. The dreamy youth smitten with airports (seen this with Du-na Bae in Take Care of My Cats), the girl stealing her brother’s electronic device to support her musical dreams (Swing Girls), and the girl having a puppy dog like male friend that she forsakes for others (gazillions of other films) were all angles that you’ve seen many times before and probably done more effectively.

Where “Nowhere to Turn” does stand out is in two distinct areas. First, the movie does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the “Hongdae” area of Seoul. Although the movie never states where the movie is filmed, if you have set foot around the Hongdae area (an area filled with hip art students & music crazed fans) you’ll have sweet memories come flashing through your mind. This is especially appropriate with “Nowhere to Turn,” because it relies so heavily on indie music, which itself is a hallmark of the Hongdae area.

The other aspect of “Nowhere to Turn” that is likely to grab your attention is the theme of the movie itself. Sure you’ve seen plenty of films with ultra-talented geniuses or films with “natural born losers” with nowhere to go, but how often do you see films with folks that have talent, but may not have enough of it to get them where they want to go? Where’s reality for these folks? A dead end 9-5 job or continue to pursue their dreams no matter how long the odds? From that question, you can better understand the movie’s title “Nowhere to Turn.”


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