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I guess Gongbli = Gongvely? :huh:

November 23, 2016

[Interview] "Missing Woman" Kong Hyo-jin, 'I feel provocative after being 'Gongbli' for so long'

Source: STARNEWS via Hancinema.net

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Kong Hyo-jin was 'Gongbli' in the SBS drama "Incarnation of Jealousy". She was adored by two men at the same time and she was a weather forecaster with a strong will of living. She was feisty and sophisticated.

However, in the upcoming movie called "Missing Woman", Kong Hyo-jin is unfamiliar and even creepy. She plays Han-mae, a Chinese babysitter who works for a single working mom and disappears one day with the baby. Everything about her turns out to be a lie and her true story unravels.

After reading the scenario, Kong Hyo-jin couldn't forget about Han-mae and decided she would do it. It is almost a supporting role but she didn't need to think more about it. "I wish the movie comes out the way it should regardless of my character and quality". She dotted her face with about 30 or so dots, redid her eyelashes and even wore a wig for the character.

The story is about a mother who finds truth after truth while looking for her baby and a mysterious woman. The Kong Hyo-jin we know isn't here. We discover a new side of the actress we know as 'Gongbli'.

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Q: The movie is finally out. How is it?

Kong Hyo-jin: I think the order of the movie and the scenario changed a little bit. We tried many different things during the editing and this is the result.

At first when I read the scenario, the character didn't speak Korean. She was Chinese and she had a lot of lines. We even thought about making her a Chinese-Korean but the script said she needed to be Chinese. I read the script thinking she would be better off Chinese. I forgot what I was feeling because that was a year ago, but I felt really sorry for Han-mae. I thought about her for 2~3 months. She was already settled with me. I felt the same way when I watched "Interstellar". I just felt weird and I didn't know if I was sadness or what. I just decided to do it and even speak Chinese. I memorized everything except the ones I didn't think were necessary. It was almost a disguise.

Q: Do you feel you made the right choice?

Kong Hyo-jin: I wished the movie turned out to be everything like the scenario says it is regardless of my performance or quality. The producer asked me if I wanted to expand some scenes but I told him it was just appropriate. I had broken my leg during "It's Okay, That's Love" so it was impossible for me to run about in just a year. The Chinese lines were difficult too. I didn't seem desperate enough no matter what I said. Maybe I could have done more but right now I'm satisfied with my choice.

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Q: Han-mae is attractive but we are used to 'Gongbli'. Were you worried?

Kong Hyo-jin: Not really. I am always looking for new characters in dramas or movies. My last movie was "Aging Family" and I didn't play an ordinary role and we didn't get that many viewers. I'm disappointed when my drama doesn't come out successful, but it's not like that for movies. I just tell myself I tried and I tried for something new. Eom Ji-won once said it's all about 'wo-mance' and not 'bro-mance' and it's the same thing for 'Gongbli'. It's too boring.

Q: Ma Dong-seok is the new 'Ma-bli', do you feel threatened?

Kong Hyo-jin: I felt competition for the first time since 'Choo-bli' (Choo Sa-rang). I think his movie "Derailed" is coming out on the same day. It's two men against two women. I am a fan of Minho and I asked him to come to my premiere but he said he had a premiere of his own (laughs). I worked with 'Ma-bli' in "Heaven's Soldiers" and I remember worrying about freezing to death in the icy river. This generation is all about us 3 'Bli's'. I watched "Train to Busan" the other day and cried a lot, but I only saw 'Ma-bli'.

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Q: You have a different standard when it comes to choosing movie and drama.

Kong Hyo-jin: Not really, but I think that's just a method of how I deal with it. In romantic comedies there are lovable female characters. I want my heart to thump even while I'm watching it. I wish the bubbly female character shines a ray of light in the exhausting reality. However, being the same character for 5 months makes me want to cut my hair or do something provocative. So I let it out in movies. There are diverse characters in movies and I didn't intentionally do it like that, but I figured, enough of 'Gongbli'.

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November 25, 2016

Shining a light on the struggles of social outcasts : ‘Missing’ juxtaposes desperation of those fighting to survive

[‘Missing’] is a work that shows how society cruelly poses violence upon ordinary women.’

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

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In a local mystery “Missing,” Um Jee-won, left, plays a divorced working mother who traces down her long entrusted Chinese nanny (Kong Hyo-jin) to find her missing baby. [MEGABOX PLUSM]

Director E.Oni has successfully transformed fashionista Kong Hyo-jin (“Love Fiction”) into a dowdy country woman from China in the upcoming “Missing.”

In the Megabox Plusm-distributed mystery, which is one of the rare films to feature only actresses as the main protagonists, Kong and Um Jee-won (“The Silenced”) smoothly handled roles that they were not used to. 

Starring Um as a divorced working mother Ji-seon, who entirely relies on a Chinese nanny Han-mae (Kong) to take care of her baby, the story unfolds as the highly-trusted and devoted nanny one day suddenly goes missing along with the baby. Since she is locked in a bitter battle for custody with her doctor ex-husband, Ji-seon isn’t able to report the case to the police in fear of losing the legal battle. The mystery develops as Ji-seon tries to track down her nanny, who turns out to have faked everything about her identity, including her name, age and hometown. In short, the film unfolds by revealing the hidden secrets of the nanny such as what kind of a person she is and what kind of life she led, which were not of interest to Ji-seon until her baby disappeared. 

Although audiences have already seen desperate mothers trying to find their missing child in multiple local films such as “The Truth Beneath” (2016) and “Seven Days” (2007), the two actresses’ smooth acting makes the film worth a watch even though it may be an echo of the 2012 mystery “Helpless,” which centers on a male protagonist and his fiance who suddenly disappears from her husband-to-be a month before their scheduled wedding. 

Despite not having a child in real life, Um delicately portrays how frantic a mother can become when her baby goes missing. Um’s shaking gestures and unfocused look are powerful enough for the audience to imagine the desperation a mother might feel when it comes to a missing child. Kong also pulls off playing a Chinese woman who can barely speak Korean, which the actress explained “was more difficult than speaking fluent Chinese in the film” during a press preview held in Dongdaemun Megabox in central Seoul on Monday. Although Han-mae may not be the prettiest character that the actress has played, Kong has proved that her acting spectrum is more varied than merely being the lovely protagonist in romantic comedies that she has become known for in her roles on hit drama series such as “Jealousy Incarnate,” (2016) “It’s Okay, That’s Love” (2014) and “Master’s Sun” (2013).

“Missing” is a film that will be able to garner sympathy for those who society sometimes forgets such as working, divorced mothers and poor foreigners who lack social mobility, as it introduces a fatal incident revolving around struggling members of society who tenaciously fight to survive by using all means necessary. 

Ji-seon is blamed both at work for not being preoccupied enough (for being a single, working mother) and also by her ex-husband and ex-mother-in-law for not fully concentrating on taking care of her child. To make things worse, police and lawyers who should be protecting the victim that lost her baby surprisingly take the side of Ji-seon’s socially-respected doctor ex-husband and presume Ji-seon intentionally hid the baby in order not to have her baby taken away by her ex-husband, which eventually lead her to track down the missing baby and the nanny in person. The movie also shows through Han-mae how extreme a person can become when cornered into an abject situation without any glimmer of hope.

“[‘Missing’] features how so many women in our everyday lives are being lynched,” Um told Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, during a recent interview. “Ji-seon’s husband rarely takes care of the baby [because of his] decent job while Ji-seon is forced to work so hard in order to raise the baby.”

Um continued, “I believe Ji-seon represents how [so many women] are being discriminated against with social bias,” and further added, “[‘Missing’] is a work that shows how society cruelly poses violence upon ordinary women, but the bigger problem is that women have become so used to such bias that they have grown numb to it.”

The 100-minute mystery, which is rated 15 and over, is slated to hit theaters on Nov. 30. 

BY JIN MIN-JI [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]

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KBS World e-Today Moviegation on Missing: Lost Woman

 

 

Gong Hyo Jin and Uhm Ji Won attended stage greeting for Missing

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thanks @rubie for the news, and yes Gongbly=Gongvely:)

GHJ and UJW on SBS Power Cultwo Show again? 11/28/2016

▲공효진‧엄지원 ‘컬투쇼’ 출연(출처=컬투쇼 SNS)

엄지원 공효진 '컬투쇼' 습격 사건 “갑자기 왔는데 잘해주셔서 감사” | 인스티즈

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They are soooo busy for Missing promotion, but not much news is being translated to English, huh i wish i could understand Korea and i wish im in Korea rn, so i can watch it tomorrow :tears:

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I was reading a news from Naver. and translated this one bit cos I understood it while reading and thought it was funny. These two are so funny. I've never seen unni laugh this much. I feel kinda thankful she has Uhm Ji Won unni as her close friend. Michin mimo unnideul. Neomu johayo

Reporter asked the two 'If you'll be able to make one thing disappear, what would it be?'
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GHJ: It would be nice if polluted air would vanish. I'm an actress who thinks about the environment.
UJW : Gong Hyo Jin's alias is Eco Jin :)))) But still we always get to have a tumbler, why are there papercups here?

 

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@kkongvelyaussiefan This article seems to hint something somewhat unexpected from the 'usual' ending. Despite the heavy storyline, we'll have to wait and watch it to know for ourselves, :sweatingbullets:

November 29, 2016

‘Missing,’ a dark film by women about women

How two actresses fought on set to convince the crew that ‘it’s not all about motherhood’ 

“Missing” is a rare film in several ways: Made by women about women, it ultimately unites the two main characters in a deep, scarred female kinship, blurring the line between protagonist and villain. 

Directed by Lee Eon-hee and starring two women -- Gong Hyo-jin and Uhm Ji-won -- as leads, the film tells the story of a struggling divorcee who discovers her infant daughter and Chinese nanny have gone missing.

But it is not a traditional story about a mother who pines for her lost child, according to Uhm.

“It doesn’t follow a path to some kind of exciting maternal climax,” the actress told reporters Thursday in a group interview. “It’s a film that starts with motherhood and ends with womanhood.”

On a set helmed by a female director, Gong said she felt her “feminism launch into full action.”

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Actress Gong Hyo-jin stars as Chinese nanny Han-mae in “Missing.” (Megabox Plus M)

“Most of the male staff felt the film was about motherhood. They had concluded that (the main character) was a mother before being a woman. But most of the female staff felt differently,” she said. “We felt it was a film about women.”

Tension had brimmed on set, Gong described. “We had to fight, in a fun way, for (our convictions), to persuade others to see our viewpoint.” 

The male domination of the film industry has “gone on for so long,” she added. “It’s not that there aren’t enough actresses, and it’s not that there aren’t enough (female-centric) scripts. The movies being made now are a direct response to what the audience wants. It’s a negative cycle.”

“There are so many ‘bromance’ stories out there,” actress Eom said in a separate interview, describing “Missing” as a “womance.” 

“Why don’t people realize that chemistry can exist between women as well?” 

Director Lee Eon-hee was interested in portraying the reality of Korean women, how circumstances change in different stages of their lives and “the inner conflict (women) undergo between each transitional period,” she told reporters after the film’s press screening last Friday. 

In the film, Uhm plays divorcee single mother Ji-seon, who struggles to make a living while caring for her daughter Da-eun. One thing she is grateful for in her life is the Chinese nanny Han-mae, played by Gong, whom Ji-seon relies on to watch over her child when she is at work. 

One day, Ji-seon returns home to discover that both the nanny and her 13-month-old girl have gone missing. After an investigation that involves questioning strange men in her neighborhood and uncovering lie after lie, she comes face-to-face with her kidnapper nanny. What unravels, however, is not the typical conclusion of revenge or tragedy. 

“It’s about two women who are both going through life alone in a difficult world,” said Gong, who have shared experiences through a common factor -- the child. 

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Actress Uhm Ji-won stars as single mother Ji-seon, whose daughter is kidnapped in “Missing.” (Megabox Plus M)

“Which country they were born in and how they’re living is a result of their environment. But they’re woven from the same fabric,” Uhm said.

Most scripts written by men tend to create “inactive” female characters whose actions “can’t be explained rationally,” she said. “This film feels different.”

Uhm was awarded the prize for best actress by the Association of Film Critics for her role as the mother of a child who suffered rape in the 2013 film “Hope.” 

Gong most recently starred in TV series “Jealousy Incarnate” as a weather broadcaster who suffers unfair treatment at work for being a woman with a third-rate college degree. She has worked with numerous female directors throughout her career.

“Missing” is the most recent in a handful of Korean films spotlighting women this year -- including lesbian thriller “The Handmaiden”; “The Last Princess,” which depicts a Joseon princess caught in the tides of ruthless Japanese occupation; and “Our Love Story,” a romance between a quiet graduate student and an outgoing waitress. 

The film hits Korean theaters Wednesday. 

By Rumy Doo (doo@heraldcorp.com)

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Gong Hyo Jin posted on Instagram

일년 반 동안 간직만 한 사진들 #미씽 참 엄마같다 엄지
Translation: Picture from one & a half year ago. #Missing Uhm Ji Won is like a mother figure.

 

내일이야. #미씽 사라진여자. 개봉!
팔로워들만 예매해도 백만이네요. 극장에서 만나요~
Translation: It's tomorrow. 'Missing: Lost Woman' will be release! 
1 million followers can pre-purchase the tickets. Let's meet at the theater~

 

 

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December 1, 2016

Kong Hyo-jin is not afraid to change character :

Known for her lovely charm, the actress defies expectations in ‘Missing’

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

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Actress Kong Hyo-jin broke out of her comfort zone for thriller “Missing,” and her trademark lovable girl-next-door is nowhere to be found. The 36-year-old said that she tends to make more brave decisions for roles on the silver screen. [MEGABOX PLUSM]

Actress Kong Hyo-jin has always played the lovable girl-next-door in some of Korea’s most popular romantic comedies.

Other times, the model-turned-actress has made headlines with her fashion.

However, the 36-year-old broke out of her comfort zone in the mystery thriller “Missing” playing a Chinese nanny, Han-mae, who kidnaps a child that she babysits.

As the mysterious character, whose identity turns out to be fake, the Kong that Koreans fell in love is nowhere to be found. As one mystery is solved after another, Han-mae is sometimes pitiful, other times cold and terrifying.

The JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of Korea JoongAng Daily, met with Kong recently for an interview. She noted, “Isn’t the lovely Hyo-jin kind of getting old?”

Kong recently starred in the SBS drama “Jealousy Incarnate,” where her character Pyo Na-ri, a weather caster, is involved in a tangled love triangle.

“I would understand if [with ‘Missing’] fans of the drama feel like they were forced to say goodbye to Pyo Na-ri,” she said.

She said she often chooses the character that will simply make viewers happy. “I am drawn to a female lead who makes people’s hearts pound and who emits so much positive spirit that when people watch a drama or movie that she’s in, their mundane life gets happier.”

But she added that she’s also struggling to find some new roles. And she said that she tends to be braver in choosing her roles for the silver screen.

In a way, her filmography shows just that: She has always played that lovely girl, but also often manages to redefine that character’s charm.

In the 2010 drama “Pasta,” which actually earned her the nickname “Kong-vley” (as in ‘the lovely Kong’), she was a bright girl who found love in the kitchen.

But in 2008’s “Crush and Blush” she plays an unpopular and not-so-pretty girl who has the strange habit of blushing badly. And in the 2011 “Love Fiction” she is a hopeless romantic who is looking for a guy to love her everything, including her armpit hair.

“Of course, I have had hesitations,” she said. “For ‘Crush and Blush,’ for instance, I tried to reject [the role] but I felt like that character was hanging on to me. It’s the same with ‘Missing.’ Although my part was small and I had to speak Chinese, the script was so good and I just couldn’t get it out of my head. What can you do? Your heart wants what it wants.”

She said she didn’t define what Han-mae is like and just went with each scene. “I approached each scene with different emotions,” she said. “I think that’s why sometimes she seems so innocent and other times she looks crazy.”

In fact, the script had various versions as to who Han-mae is. One had her as a so-called Joseonjok, or ethnic Koreans who grew up or still resides in China. Another had her as a foreign immigrant. Director E.oni also thought about casting a Chinese actress or a complete newbie for the role.

However, the director went ahead with Kong because she wanted to see her play Han-mae.

“I told [the director] that I would do what I can but if it doesn’t work out I wouldn’t mind resorting to dubbing,” she said. “There are many Chinese helpers in Korea but we don’t really take an interest in who they really are. It must be so lonely for them, don’t you think? When we want to tell the story of an alienated person, I thought to myself, we should do all we can.”

BY MIN KYUNG-WON [hkim@joongang.co.kr]

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Soopstagram update

trans: Mimi Sisters what are you two doing?  Missing screening good luck

I really like unnie's sticker on her iphone lol it says "don't touch" it's sooo her hahaha

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@chives yes it's so her haha

just saw this on @kkongvelyaussiefan IG, did she really wrote that??? OMG i don't believe it,OMG i guess she really did read fan's comments, right?  OMG, i think i should be more active on IG :sweatingbullets:  THANKS for the reply onnie, you are REALLY PRECIOUS  to us, we will be with YOU NO MATTER WHAT!!

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@daisyjhey i was surprised too!! Hahaha Plus she replied really promptly~ just after one of the int. fans complained why unnie had to say that we have to go to korea to watch missing lol i guess that was taken out of context =_= but she really does read the comments it's kinda flattering and scary at the same time bc it feels like she's watching all of us HAHAHAHA

anyway, does anyone know how many views Missing already has? I really want them to reach 5M so that they'd perform in inkigayo :lol:

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Nice and informative review courtesy of google translate. I tried cleaning up the English a tiny bit but it ended up being a futile attempt. :D I gave up after the first paragraph. The original article is linked below. I personally am looking forward to watching it myself at the end of this month. 
 
 
[Culture News] 
 
Two women's story and motherhood
 
It was time for the viewer to check once again who was the queen of romantic comedy. Gong Hyo Jin of TV drama always takes on a lovely character and has the nickname "Gonglovely". Although she has been steadily building her film career in movies, Gong Hyo Jin is more engraved in the public as the main character of the romantic comedy drama, Gong Bly. What was the point of the 'Missing: Missing Woman' (hereafter Missing)?
 
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Forget about 'Gong Bly'
In 'Missing', Gong Hyo Jin put down a lovely image for a while. She has put on a comfortable and comfortable life, and played a Chinese nanny 'hanmah', which is not interested in her appearance. It was an unusual change from the familiar image, and it was an unbelievably transforming transformation to the audience who remembers the appearance of the Roco Queen in 'Pasta', 'Master's Sun, 'Best Love'.
 
One is a slightly dismal character, which requires a lot of emotions to be compared to a character with a plump blob. This character has big expectations and spacing, but it does not take long to adapt. Gong Hyo-jin's acting plays a strong convincing power and attracts the audience.
 
An audience who has never seen another of Gong Hyo Jin (or an audience that has not anticipated) will be amazed at her wide performance and gain a sense of enlightenment. 'Ah, Gong Hyo - jin was an actor before he was released.'. The reason why she is tied up in public is that it is an industrial problem that she does not have a lot of genres to appear in. For bittersweet reasons, the image 'Gongbyeol' may be acting like a shackle.
 
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Strong thriller with power
Missing, which is centered on Saraji children, starts with 'Working Mom', passes through the environment of 'Foreign Women', and completes story of different material and atmosphere. It is interesting that the story and the events related to Hanmae and the branch line (the umpire) are revealed one by one and the large sculpture is arranged, and the tension and the immersion that come from the diabolical atmosphere are also quite high.'Missing', which has a well-detailed setting and a solid story, is an atmosphere and power that can not be felt in Korean commercial movies. I want to talk more about this story, but I think it will become a spoiler. Take a look at the atmosphere through the tour.
 
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Two women's story and motherhood
Missing is a film about women. The film clearly shows the dark reality of women by placing two women in the world of incompetent or disgusting male characters. Male corporate culture, irrationality and inhumanity of patriarchy, and the absurdity of the male world. The fact that it is already a women's two-shot film is an unbelievable choice in the current industry, but the blades of the film are sharper than that. It is intended to face women in the age of abomination and discrimination, which is often mentioned, and to awaken society.
 
The strong maternal love that Missing shows pushes the film to a rather complex point. Simply looking, the film is an interesting film with a solid story and a mood. It is also a good movie. However, when I saw the story of a woman in the center of the film released from the viewpoint of maternity, there was a point where I was hesitant to say 'Missing' is a good 'female movie'. It was intense, but I felt like there was a wall, and I left the movie theater.
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23 hours ago, chives said:

@daisyjhey i was surprised too!! Hahaha Plus she replied really promptly~ just after one of the int. fans complained why unnie had to say that we have to go to korea to watch missing lol i guess that was taken out of context =_= but she really does read the comments it's kinda flattering and scary at the same time bc it feels like she's watching all of us HAHAHAHA

anyway, does anyone know how many views Missing already has? I really want them to reach 5M so that they'd perform in inkigayo :lol:

 

Hai guys...long time no see... 

Not yet dear, Missing has 449.000 viewers till the third day (2016.12.03)... Missing has the biggest viewers for all movie that released at 30th November, 2016 but its still too far away from 5M but lets have positive thinking that they still hv a chance to reach 5M... So many picture in IG from Missing PersConf..

And so happy, Yesterday or 2 days ago, GHJ reply a comment on her IG hahahaha....

 

 

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