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class="title_sec" style="line-height: 34px;"Laughter on the high seas

Historical flick ‘Pirates’ takes audience on entertaining journey

As its subtitle “The Seafaring Mountain Bandits” suggests, period adventure flick “The Pirates” is out to make audiences laugh.

Though the film that opened on Aug. 6 faces strong competition from another period movie, “Roaring Currents,” it has taken off in its own way, offering fun and laughter.

“‘The Pirates’ is a film for men and women of all ages,” said director Lee Seok-hoon at the press premiere. “I think the main difference from other films (such as ‘Kundo’ and ‘Roaring Currents’) is that the whole family can enjoy it together as the film is based on history but still peppered with comedy and various attractions, including the pirate ship and the whale.”

Just as Lee hoped, the film is quite fun. It kicks off with the foolhardy mission to find a whale that swallowed a royal seal.

The story is fact blended with fiction. Inspired by the historical fact that a royal seal did actually go missing early in the Joseon era (1392-1910) for some period of time, the movie fuses history and imagination hilariously as it recounts the search for the artifact. As the royal seal ensures a new royal family’s legitimacy, various groups are willing to do anything to possess valuables and rush to sea to find the seal first.


The motley crew sets out on its search on a pirate ship. Jang Sa-jung, played by actor Kim Nam-gil, heads a group of bandits who leave the mountains for the ocean for the very first time, while Yeo-wol, played by actress Son Ye-jin, leads a group of pirates.

While Yeo-wol’s pirates are serious and true robbers on the sea, Jang’s bandits are bungling novices who commit one ludicrous blunder after another due to their ignorance about the ocean.

Government officials and other bands of pirates also join the furious and messy hunt for the whale.

“The Pirates,” dubbed the Korean answer to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” is the first Korean film themed around sea bandits. Unique and quirky characters, incessant Dumb and Dumber-like incidents, and the struggle to attain the same goal all smell of the Hollywood blockbuster.

However, the film differs from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” with the historical setting sprinkled with Korean-style humor and slapstick comedy.

Yoo Hae-jin’s hilarious acting is noteworthy. He is a pirate-turned-mountain bandit since he gets seasick all the time and can’t stand the smell of fish. His nice mix of down-to-earth acting and nonchalant gestures makes him the perfect mood-maker.

Actor Kim Nam-gil’s changeup from his erstwhile serious and weighty roles to a light and witty character seems to be a comfortable move for him, as he said the role of Jang fits his own personality. As the humorous and optimistic, but also chivalrous and loyal leader of the bandits, Kim manages to deliver his familiar charm to the audience. 

Son Ye-jin in her first action role, which deviates from her entrenched image as the queen of romantic comedy, took on the character of a spirited heroine well. She and Kim work in a perfect harmony as the leads in the film, as it is their second time to film together as a couple.

If viewers expect life lessons from the film, they’ll see little to none outside the lines, “Let’s protect the animal,” or “Live each moment fully.” But the film is most definitely entertaining, offering a good laugh to cool off a bit in summer heat.

By Ahn Sung-mi (sahn@heraldcorp.com)


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손예진 측은 13일 오전 OSEN에 "'왕의 얼굴'에 출연하지 않는다"며 "차기작은 영화 쪽에 무게를 두고 있다"고 전했다.

I think it says Son Ye Jin will not star in "the king's face drama" due to conflict schedules and will focus on films instead.

Is this true?


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class="content-title" style="font-family: 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 26px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(63, 63, 64); text-shadow: rgb(255, 255, 255) 1px 1px 0px; visibility: visible; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Son Ye Jin Declines Role in Historical Drama “The King’s Face”

Actress Son Ye Jin has ultimately declined an offer to lead the upcoming historical drama “The King’s Face.” 
Previously, it was reported that KBS has been eyeing Son Ye Jin for a leading role in its drama about King Gwanghae’s life. 
However, Son Ye Jin’s agency MS Team announced on August 12, “Although she was considered for the drama, Son Ye Jin’s next project will be a film.” 
“The King’s Face” will air on KBS starting this November, after the completion of “Iron Man.” “Iron Man” will follow the currently airing drama “The Joseon Gunman.”  Lee Sung Jae and Seo In Guk are currently considering roles in the series. 
Meanwhile, Son Ye Jin’s latest summer blockbuster “The Pirates” opened in theaters on August 6. She played a pirate captain in the high-budget film. 
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Oooooh well, looks like we will not be seeing her on small screen for a little longer. :( 

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vttr11 said: 손예진 측은 13일 오전 OSEN에 "'왕의 얼굴'에 출연하지 않는다"며 "차기작은 영화 쪽에 무게를 두고 있다"고 전했다. I think it says Son Ye Jin will not star in "the king's face drama" due to conflict schedules and will focus on films instead. Is this true? http://m.chosun.com/svc/article.html?contid=2014081301304&sname=news

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style='font: bold 3em/1.1em "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; margin: 10px 0px; color: rgb(101, 213, 247); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; box-sizing: border-box; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; background-color: rgb(247, 243, 243); text-rendering: optimizelegibility; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;'Son Ye Jin turns down casting offer for 'The King's Face' + her next production likely to be a movie

August 13, 2014

With eyes on what Son Ye Jin's next production will be following her new movie 'The Pirates', it has been revealed that she has turned down the casting offer for upcoming KBS 2TV drama 'The King's Face'.

Her agency rep told MBN Star on August 13, "[son Ye Jin] has decided to decline the casting offer for 'The King's Face'. Her next production will most likely be a movie... She only received the casting offer for 'The King's Face'. She didn't enter discussion for it."

Son Ye Jin previously received the casting offer for the role of Kim Ga Hee in the historical drama about King Gwanghae's life. Seo In Guk and Lee Sung Jae are also reportedly in talks for the male lead role.

'The King's Face' is set to premiere following 'Iron Man' this November.


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