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A nice interview with good English subs, with mentions of Lee Byung Hun, Masquerade and The Fortress. Almost an hour long clip but very insightful from the movie make-up artist's perspective.

 

Published on Feb 21, 2019 by ARIRANG TV
 

The INNERview Ep.284 - Creating the face of cinema - Taehee CHO | Makeup Director 

 

 

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February 26, 2019

 

Producer Won Dong Yeon Talks Oscars, Netflix And 'Along With The Gods'


Joan MacDonald Forbes
 

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Fans can expect two more films in the 'Along With The Gods' franchise as well as a TV show.LOTTE ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

Won Dong Yeon, producer of Masquerade and the first two films of the Along With The Gods franchise, spoke at The Korea Society in New York City on the day after the 2019 Academy Awards. While discussing the Korean film industry, he was asked what he thought of the Netflix film Roma winning foreign film and cinematography Oscars and what that might mean for Korean filmmakers.

 

He was happy Netflix was getting some respect.

 

“When you think about the worldwide influence that Netflix has nowadays, I think that for filmmakers it's an amazing opportunity to get your content out there.”

 

Won is currently in talks with Netflix to produce a television series based on his record-breaking films Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, while at the same time working on producing a third and fourth film in the franchise.


Two Worlds not only attracted 14 million viewers in Korea, but topped box offices throughout Asia. The Last 49 Days holds the record for the most Korean moviegoers on a single day.

 

Franchise films are not the norm in Korea and Won had long wondered why Korean filmmakers did not capitalize on the format.

 

“In my 25 years in the industry, seeing franchise movies do so well in Hollywood and worldwide, I said to myself, why don’t we Koreans also do franchises? If we really work on the characterization and the quality, franchise films can be a very sexy concept and very successful. That's how I got inspired to produce Along With The Gods, which luckily did very well. After the success of Along With The Gods, I hear that a lot of other production companies and directors are trying to produce more franchise films in Korea.”


Won, the CEO of Realies Pictures, is now a successful producer but that has not always been the case.

 

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Producer Won Dong Yeon spoke about Korean film at The Korea Society.JOAN VOS MACDONALD

 

“I was 41 when I first made a profit producing a movie.”

 

Along the way there were some failures, most of which happened before he produced 200 Pound Beauty, starring Kim Ah Joong and Joo Jin Mo. That success happened just in time.

 

“I  was really determined to leave the entire industry if this film did not do well, because all the films I produced before this film were flops. When people heard I was making this film with newcomer Kim Ah Joong, they said, wow, you are really going to leave the industry for sure. After the film’s success, a lot of people came up to me and said it was a really brave move and praised me. I would be deserving of praise if Kim was my first choice but actually she was my seventh choice. In my history of producing 11 films, my only first choice that ever really worked out was Lee Byung Hun who played King Gwanghae in Masquerade. Every other time I had to come up with alternatives. There were always rejections or complications. One thing I learned from this was never to be afraid of rejections.”

 

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'Masquerade,' starring Lee Byung Hun, was a turning point in the producer's career. CJ E&M ENTERTAINMENT

 

The success of Masquerade really changed his life.

 

“It was the first film I produced that had more than 10 million people come to see it. This was released right around the time of the Korean presidential election. When I was planning this I thought it would be great to show audiences what it really means to be a leader”

 

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In the same vein, he produced Warriors of Dawn, starring Lee Jung Jae and Yeo Jin Goo, but that film flopped. Around the same time, the trailer for Along with the Gods received negative feedback because some said it was not true to its webtoon inspiration. Won despaired, but ultimately he learned that when you encounter rejection or hardship, it's important not to be too hard on yourself. One failure does not necessarily predict another.

 

Along with the Gods, based on the webtoon by Joo Ho Min and starring Ha Jung Woo, Cha Tae Hyun, Ma Dong Seok, Ju Ji Hoon, Kim Hyang Gi, and EXO’s D.O., quickly shot to the top of the box office.

 

He began working on the first film with CJ E&M Entertainment but continued with Lotte Entertainment because CJ E&M was cautious about producing two films at the same time, especially if the first was not a proven hit.

 

“The reason for making these two films at once was not because I believed one and two would both be great hits, but because we're using the same sets, the same actors. It was going to cost a lot for us to strike down those sets, then build them up again for the sequel, so I felt that would really would reduce costs if we did them together.”

 

Won, who originally wanted to be a comedian and has a wry sense of humor, added jokingly, “I knew that if the first one was a success then for the second one the actors were going to ask for a huge, huge raise.”

 

While he is interested in making successful films that will attract investors to his country’s film market, he’s also invested in the success of Korea’s indie filmmakers. To promote that success, he donates money to Korea’s film development fund.

 

“Their job is to fund indie films that have a hard time being financed, so I feel I’m doing my part by supporting the film fund which supports the entire system and indie films.”

Won does not consider himself a serious filmmaker. He would describe his approach to topics as “consistently inconsistent.”

 

 

“I want to reward my audience with something special. I really think in terms of giving them consolation, to cheer them up, to say, hey, I know living isn’t always that great, let me entertain you.”

 

Joan MacDonald
I am a journalist fascinated by Korean drama and film. Since 2013, my stories on Korean media and culture have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kultscene, Macg Productions, The Independent, Bust, Hello Giggles and Mental Floss. For three years I worked as a writer and editor at KPopStarz, a popular K-pop and kdrama news site and appeared on three KCON panels discussing drama trends. Some of my drama blogs appear on the That Only Happens In Kdramas FB page.  

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February 28, 2019

 

KCCNY Celebrates 40 Years with Special Film Events
Producer WON Dong-yeon Talk and Director KIM Tae-yong Live Event in NY

 

by Pierce Conran KOFIC

 

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To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY) is putting on a series of cultural events throughout 2019, which include a pair of events related to Korean cinema. This month, Along with the Gods producer WON Dong-yeon visited New York for a special talk, while Director KIM Tae-yong will stage a film and music event during the summer.

 

On February 25, WON Dong-yeon, producer of the box office sensations Masquerade (2012), Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) and Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2017), and head of the Realies Pictures Film production company, was invited to give a talk about the state of Korean films. He discussed his career as well as changes in the Korean film environment, which is beginning to welcome local franchise properties, and how the influence of Netflix is affecting world cinema.

 

Later this year, Late Autumn (2011) director KIM Tae-yong will visit New York with music director BANG Jun-seok to put on a live film and music event around their jointly produced play Kokdu. The film version Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels (2018) debuted at the Busan International Film Festival and recently screened in the Generation program of the Berlin International Film Festival. KIM and BANG will team up with the National Gugak Center for the special performance. The performance will be put on at some point this summer.

 

The Korean Cultural Center New York opened its doors in 1979 and since then has strived to adhere to its mission of promoting cultural arts exchanges and stimulating an interest in Korean culture in the United States.

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March 16, 2019

 

In the "Creating the Face of Cinema Exhibition" which exhibited the work of Cho Tae Hee,  Lee Byung Hun and the movie "Gwanghae"/"Masquerade"  were clearly the main focus as the exhibits from this movie occupied the largest first level. 

 

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