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slapmyselfsilly84, December 2, 2005 in k-dramas & movies
Thanks to yc for the chinese news link
Translation by Hyc
K B S will broadcast Lee En-ju special program to mark her one year death anniversary on 21st afternoon
Han union Seoul February 20 news
Last year on February 22, popular actress Lee En-ju committed suicide. To commemorate the first anniversary of her passing away, KBS program "Photo Documentary" will broadcast Lee En-ju special edition from tomorrow afternoon.
The special edition will feature works of Lee En-ju before her death, showing her collection of vanilla candles, her gift of music box to friend, friends' collection of her personal letters to them, her school days pictures as well as jazz music records etc., recollecting memories of her.
In addition, the program will interview her previous colleagues HAN Suk-kyu, Lee byung hun , Moon Geun-young and director Kim Dae-seung, picture writer Li Putin (not sure) and others. Her movies and photos would be shown as well, reminiscing Lee En-ju's fervor movie profession.
Furthermore, cable TV movie channel MBC MOVIES will broadcast Lee En-ju's movie before her death "oh! Crystal" special edition at 1am on the 22nd.(End)
Credit to TwitchX at http://www.twitchfilm.net/archives/005187.html
Gone But Not Forgotten
Although HK Cinema fans suffered the most in the last few years, with the death of two shining lights like Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, 2005 stole two very familiar faces who helped Korean Cinema become the force it is today, two people I still remember with fondness. A few words about those stars which recently stopped shining, at least on this side of the river...
이은주 (Lee Eun-Joo)
She came and went like a star. From 송어 (Rainbow Trout) to 주홍글씨 (The Scarlet Letter), and all her roles on TV, she was always different from the others. Seemingly distant at first sight, like a princess in a castle impossible to reach. But then her performances would do everything to challenge those assumptions, from her Tae-Hee in 번지점프를 하다 (Bungee Jumping of Their Own) to Soo-Jung in 오! 수정 (Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors). Many of her roles ended in tragedy, a bittersweet sign of things to come. As a lead, she never found success, despite her considerable talent. But her performance in the monster hit 태극기 휘날리며 (Taegukgi) and the TV Drama 불새 (Phoenix) showed she was starting to reach the industry's upper echelon. A lot has been said, about the reasons why Lee tragically committed suicide last year, many people speculated about her depression, about the people she was close to and what influence they had on her (with the Korean media attacking singer Jeon In-Kwon like vultures, simply because he admitted how he felt about her). But that's not the face I want to remember. Because when I think of Lee Eun-Joo, I always remember her first ever singing performance in 'The Scarlet Letter', in a now famous night club in Seoul. She looked ready to take off, like a star.
"But it's only when I sleep
See you in my dreams
You got me spinning round and round
'Only When I Sleep', The Corrs (sung by Lee Eun-Joo in the film)
주홍글씨 中 (From 'The Scarlet Letter')
Korean Film Festival DC 2004: Korean Cinema Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Although little seen here, recent Korean films make up a national cinema that has been one of the most vibrant and exciting for over a decade. AFI will focus on the Korean comedies that have been a particular highlight of recent years as part of a citywide Festival organized by the Freer Gallery-the largest festival of Korean films ever presented in the US, also involving the Avalon Theatre, the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Festival is made possible by the Korean Cultural Service of Washington, DC, the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive. Please visit www.asia.si.edu/KoreanFilm for full schedule information. AFI's selection of Korean comedies will screen at both the AFI National Film Theater at the Kennedy Center and the AFI Silver. All films are in Korean with English subtitles.
BUNGEE JUMPING OF THEIR OWN [beonjijeompeureul hada]
Two college students meet in the rain and vow eternal love. But later, she doesn't show up. Seventeen years later, Lee Byung-hun's a married teacher-and flashbacks start to fill in the blanks. Is his lost love now reincarnated in one of his male students? As Michael Atkinson noted in The Village Voice-"the climax is a Buddhist leap of bliss."
Directed by Kim Dae-seung; written by Ko Eun-ni; produced by Choi Nak-kwon. Korea, 2001, color, 107 min.
Friday, November 2, 2001
Jarring plot jolts make
'Bungee Jumping' an
unusual romantic tale
By Burl Burlingame
It's probably good to know going in to "Bungee Jumping on Their Own" that it's a mystery, and not the awkward, dorky romance it appears to be for the first half when goofy boy bumps into lovely, wet girl in the rain, their hearts swell with passion and undying troth, and they appear to be mated forever, souls united for all time, blah blah blah.
One of the cool things about foreign films is that you can compare everyday social customs to our own. In this case, it's teenage dating in South Korea, where much is made of smoking -- the chicks dig it! -- and of metaphysical babble. Anyway, dork gets girl. Cue the strings. Or does he?
The film suddenly shifts forward more than a dozen years, and the dork is older and broodier, now a popular high school teacher. He's popular with the kids. He's married with children, and the missus ain't the damp beauty of his youth. What happened? For the first time, the film starts to get interesting.
At this point, gasoline is spread on the embers. There's one boy in his home room who reminds him of his long-lost love, and teacher gets weird. And he becomes what the school counselors call "inappropriate." He smolders with lust whenever he's near the boy. Quelle scandale!
Even when he's beating the boy mightily on the backside with a strap in front of the class -- note: try THAT in an American school -- he's crazy about the kid. And the kid is hot for teacher.
Will this homoerotic soap opera end tragically? The filmmakers cut it both ways, actually. Let's put it this way: if you believe in reincarnation, it's a happy, logical ending and you will sniff back your salty tears. If not, you will wonder why bungee is mentioned in the title when it's nowhere in sight, and these star-crossed lovers could really use some at the moment.
Despite the afterschool-special execution, "Bungee Jumping on Their Own" takes a thought-provoking idea and runs with it, and opens up a dialogue on the nature of true love: do you love the person, or their sex? How much of one influences the other?
Technical credits are first-rate, and the lead actress really does look fetching in the rain.
Bungee Jumping of Their Own
When In-woo shares his umbrella with Tae-hee during a rainstorm in 1983, he falls hopelessly in love with her. So begins this unusual film, which was a box office hit in South Korea in 2001. In-woo is so dumbstruck that it takes him a while to figure out that Tae-hee has fallen in love, too. All he knows is he’ll do anything for her—like pretending to be a smoker just because she gave him a lighter as a gift. On the night they finally go to a motel room to consummate their love, she promises to stay with him forever. But then she mysteriously disappears. Seventeen years later, In-woo is a married teacher riding herd on a classroom of boisterous boys. But this semester, something is different. There’s something about one of his students, a boy named Hyun-bin…something that keeps taking In-woo back to the past. Soon In-woo is making odd late-night phone calls to the boy and fighting the urge to touch him in class. After a series of strange coincidences, In-woo begins to fear for his own sanity. And his students, coworkers and wife are starting to wonder as well. When Hyun-bin finally confronts his teacher and demands to know what is going on, things really begin to fall apart—only to fall back together again—in this tragic love story that evokes both AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER and PRELUDE TO A KISS. In the end, student and teacher are united, if only in their conviction that true love can transcend anything, even death.
Updated Feb.21,2006 19:13 KST
Front - Feb. 22, 2006
Pictures commemorate the movie star Lee Eun-ju on Tuesday ahead of the anniversary of her suicide on Feb. 22, 2005.
Source: Digital Chosun Ilbo
An immensely talented young actress, Lee Eun-Joo started her career in 1997 acting in a drama serial. Her first movie debut came 2 years later in 'Rainbow Trout' (Director by Park Jong-won), in 2000 she starred in reputed Director Hong Sang Soo's film - Virgin Stripped Bared By Her Bachelors where she performed admirably in a difficult role.
One of her most remembered role would be in Bungee Jumping of Their Own, a movie which meant a lot to her as well. Unfortunately, a bout of depression claimed her life as she commited suicide on 22 February, 2005 (the date which the protagonist in 'Bungee died as well).
In her short acting career of 8 years, she had a notable list of movies to her name. She will always be remembered as an exceptionally talented actress with boundless enthusiasm and zest for acting. An actress who can convey so much with her eyes, Eun-joo will live in the memories of many fans who appreciate her efforts and talents.
DOB: 16 Nov 1980 (Gunsan, North Jeolla)
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Graduated from Dankook University
Scarlet Letter (2004)
Au Revoir, UFO (2004)
Garden of Heaven (2003)
Unborn But Forgotten (2002)
Lover's Concerto (2002)
Bungee Jumping Of Their Own (2000)
Bloody Beach (2000)
Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000)
Rainbow Trout (1999)
Source: http://www.koreanmovie.org/actress/eun-joo.htm & nkino.com
On a rainy day in 1983, high school student In-Woo (Lee Byeon Heon) finds himself sharing an umbrella with a gorgeous schoolmate Tae-hee (Lee Eun-Joo) which he develops a crush for. Thereafter, they developed a close relationship sharing some sweet and meaningful moments together. Soon after, In-Woo has to report for his 2 year enlistment to the army, on the night when he has to leave, In Woo waited patiently for Tae-hee at the railway station but she didn’t show up. The movie then plunges forward, 17 years into the future, In-Woo is now a respected teacher in school, he is popular among students for the care and attention he showed towards to them. However, soon, he would encounter events which will change his life forever ...
Debut director Kim Dae Seung has made a very good film that is ambitious, charming and sure to cast a deep impression in viewers. There is a huge dose of melodramatic element in this movie but Director Kim has handed the melodramatic aspect very well; Bungee is touching and moving but never really burdening us with emotional excesses so common of the melodrama. The story telling structure of Bungee is rather complex, but director Kim has done a great job in combining the various segments of the movie together.
The movie is presented in 3 segments - the first segment consists of In-Woo vivid memories of his relationship with Tae-Hee, the second segment of incidents happening in the present moment,and the final segment completes the movie. Each segment is captured with a different feel and with the help of wonderful cinematography and the adept use of lighting and video editing, the movie is able to create romantic and poignant moments which could remain with us long after the movie is over.
Bungee succeeds in no small means to the charismatic acting of both our male and female leads, Lee Byeon Heon and Lee Eun Joo. Lee Eun Joo had some brilliant performances before in film like Virgin Stripped Bared by her bachelor, she is an immensely talented actress who could express and convey much feelings to viewers; Bungee Is essentially about the memories of a sweet first love and she could depict those meaningful moments she shared with In-woo. After acting in several films without making a breakthrough, Lee Byeon Heon finally found success in the 2000 blockbuster film ‘Joint Security Area’, this is clearly another one of his virtuoso performance, in Bungee he clearly excelled in his role showing much characterisation and generating much empathy from viewers as the story unfolds.
There are plenty of thoughts one could develop while watching the movie. It can mean different things to different people, for me ‘Bungee Jumping of their own’ is one of the most romantic movie I have watched, easily one of the best that Korea has produced in recent times. 'Bungee' impresses with its crisp storytelling, real, lifelike depiction and ultimately its originality and the care it was made.
Credit: http://www.koreanmovie.org/reviews/bungeejumping.htm & Cine21
Lee Eun Joo: 22-02-2005
to feel alone
and so worthless
to lose the joy
and be hopeless
to end a life
once full of zest
we honor her
she was the Best
and now she rests!
"I'm called a new generation star, but I don't want to be the kind of person who achieves instant fame and then is quickly forgotten. I want to learn step-by-step how to become a good actress, and gradually work my way up. A star achieves brilliance, but is soon forgotten; to become an actress takes more time." ~ LEE EUN JOO [Kino, #60, February 2000]
gratitude: koreanfilm.org, melusine, kimchibabe, Everything Lee Byung Hun
Thanks to Hyc & roger-bhjwlove.com for the sharing 4 September 2005 Actor Lee Byung Hun at Bungee Jumping of Their Own's Director Kim Dae Seung's wedding
On a rainy day in 1983, In-Woo (Byung-Hun Lee) meets Tae-Hee (Eun-Joo Lee) to experience love at first sight. But just as their love ripens, In-Woo must leave for mandatory service in the army. On her way to see him off, Tae-Hee dies in a fatal car accident. Fast forward to spring 2000. Now a high school Korean teacher, In-Woo meets a male student who reminds him of Tae-Hee. He has the lighter than Tae-Hee gave In-Woo as proof of her affections, and says the same words that Tae-Hee once said to him. In-Woo soon finds himself in love with the student...
With sensual visuals and beautiful dialogue, the movie raised controversy with its subject of homosexuality and the transmigration of souls. But in the end, what the movie tries to get across is the message of eternal love. As In-Woo says in his narration at the film's conclusion, 'I will meet again and love. I don't love because I love; I love because I can't not love. That is why I love you.'
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April 6, 2001Bunjee Jumping of Their OwnBeonjijeompeureul Hada (South Korea) By DEREK ELLEY Variety.comA KTB Network/Won Film presentation of a Noon Entertainment production. (International sales: Cineclick Asia, Seoul.) Executive producer, Choi Nak-kwon.Directed by Kim Dae-seung. Screenplay, Ko Eun-nimWith: Lee Byung-hun, Lee Eun-ju, Yae Hyun-soo, Hong Su-hyun, Kim Kab-su, Lee Bum-soo.Love in its purest form -- transcending even the gender of the partners -- is the central idea behind "Bunjee Jumping of Their Own," a bold stab at a tricky subject that requires a considerable leap of faith by viewers, too. Those prepared to go the distance will be rewarded by an often imaginative piece of cinema, confidently helmed by first-time director Kim Dae-seung, a former a.d. to veteran Im Kwon-taek. Some Western viewers, however, may well find it too fanciful for their tastes. Pic has been bouncing around the top of the local charts since its Feb. 3 release, and deserves a spin at Western fests simply on the strength of its mise en scene.On a broader level, "Bunjee" is a further addition to an Asian genre -- love stories that surmount time and physical barriers -- that's become increasingly popular during the past couple of years. In South Korea alone, it joins movies like "Il Mare," "Ditto," "Secret Tears," "Ghost in Love," "Memento Mori" and even "The Contact" in proposing a mystical element in human relationships. "Bunjee" goes one giant step further: a love between a man and a woman reborn as a love between a man and a man.Aerial shots through a wild, cavernous landscape (only explained at pic's end) establish a dream-like, abstract quality that's pursued in modern-day Seoul as college student In-woo (Lee Byung-hun) falls for Tae-hee (Lee Eun-ju), a woman at a bus stop, and spends days trying to find her again. In the first of many ellipses in the movie, they're next seen trekking in the mountains together, a scene whose emotional exhilaration is summed up by a stunningly vertiginous piece of camerawork as Tae-hee stands on the edge of a sheer precipice.After a conventional romance, which climaxes with In-woo nervously losing his virginity in a small hotel, Tae-hee vows she'll never leave him.Half an hour in, pic flashes forward 17 years to March 2000 and the slightly ocherous tones of the preceding reels give way to sharp, bright colors. In-woo is now a new teacher at a high school; among his students is a cocky teen, Hyun-bin (Yae Hyun-soo). In-woo becomes fascinated by Hyun-bin: The kid stirs memories of his romance with Tae-hee, and Hyun-bin's putative g.f. even looks like a younger version of her.Then gossip starts to spread among the students that the two men are gay, despite their vigorous individual protests. As the pair embarks on a strange spiritual bonding, the background to Tae-hee's disappearance from In-woo's life is revealed.Scripter Ko Eun-nim, who previously worked in TV, admits she went for the most extreme version of a love story, resisting pressure to go for the more commercially acceptable option of making the two protagonists women rather than men. Though there's nary a hint of any physical bonding between the guys, pic's third act is still borderline fanciful -- and weakened by the unavoidable absence of actress Lee Eun-ju, who makes another strong impression after her debut in "Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors."Kim's precision direction can't overcome a basic weakness in Ko's script: It never makes a convincing case for reincarnating In-woo's first love in a young man. Aside from miring the pic in a gay/not-gay debate, which detracts from the central theme, it's an idea that may have seemed cheeky on paper but needs more emotional underpinning when on a bigscreen.Aside from Lee Eun-ju, perfs are OK rather than strong. Real star is helmer Kim, who evinces a talent that's in many ways superior to the material. Technical credits are all first rate. Camera (color), Lee Who-gon; editor, Park Yoo-kyong; music, Park Ho-joon; art director, Jang Choon-sub; sound (Dolby Digital), Lee Tae-gyu, Kim Suk-won; assistant director, Kang Young-min. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 9, 2001. Running time: 99 MIN.
Rubie, Thanks for all the posts.
November 2, 2001Jarring plot jolts make 'Bungee Jumping' an unusual romantic taleBy Burl Burlingame starbulletin.comIt's probably good to know going in to "Bungee Jumping on Their Own" that it's a mystery, and not the awkward, dorky romance it appears to be for the first half when goofy boy bumps into lovely, wet girl in the rain, their hearts swell with passion and undying troth, and they appear to be mated forever, souls united for all time, blah blah blah. One of the cool things about foreign films is that you can compare everyday social customs to our own. In this case, it's teenage dating in South Korea, where much is made of smoking -- the chicks dig it! -- and of metaphysical babble. Anyway, dork gets girl. Cue the strings. Or does he? The film suddenly shifts forward more than a dozen years, and the dork is older and broodier, now a popular high school teacher. He's popular with the kids. He's married with children, and the missus ain't the damp beauty of his youth. What happened? For the first time, the film starts to get interesting. At this point, gasoline is spread on the embers. There's one boy in his home room who reminds him of his long-lost love, and teacher gets weird. And he becomes what the school counselors call "inappropriate." He smolders with lust whenever he's near the boy. Quelle scandale! Even when he's beating the boy mightily on the backside with a strap in front of the class -- note: try THAT in an American school -- he's crazy about the kid. And the kid is hot for teacher. Will this homoerotic soap opera end tragically? The filmmakers cut it both ways, actually. Let's put it this way: if you believe in reincarnation, it's a happy, logical ending and you will sniff back your salty tears. If not, you will wonder why bungee is mentioned in the title when it's nowhere in sight, and these star-crossed lovers could really use some at the moment. Despite the afterschool-special execution, "Bungee Jumping on Their Own" takes a thought-provoking idea and runs with it, and opens up a dialogue on the nature of true love: do you love the person, or their sex? How much of one influences the other? Technical credits are first-rate, and the lead actress really does look fetching in the rain.Captures from various sources, the movie remains unforgettable to Lee Byung Hun especially
March 15, 2006
King & the Clown Tops Korean Film of All Time
By Nigel DSa, Contributing Writer theseoultimes.com
As of March 5th, 2006 local box-office winner King and the Clown broke all previous records and surged past the 11.74 million admissions mark held by Taegugki, to become the most successful Korean film of all time.
The gay-themed film is being called Korea's Brokeback Mountain, and has remained in the top three at the box office since its release on Dec. 29, 2005. King and the Clown is to get the royal treatment as the English international version of the film is underway and is being translated by one of Korea's foremost scholars and public philosophers, Kim Yong-Ok, whose pen-name is Do-ol (meaning 'stone').
Dr. Kim is professor emeritus at Sunchon National University and the author of numerous books on philosophy, religion and art. He has translated English philosophy into Korean and has also published a three-volume account of his interview with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Kim saw King and the Clown in January and was impressed enough to contact the production company to express his concern that an English translation be carefully done to bring across more clearly the finer points of Korean culture. When asked by director Lee Joon-Ik for assistance, Kim volunteered to handle the project. For King and the Clown he has chosen the English title The Royal Jester which he says contains the ambiguity and multiple meanings of the original Korean title, namely a King's clown, a kingly clown, and a clownish king.
In January, thanks largely to King and the Clown, local Korean films enjoyed one of their best months in history, taking in box office receipts of over 78 percent, despite the presence of US heavyweights such as King Kong and the Chronicles of Narnia. The winning streak was second only to February 2004 when, thanks largely to Korean War blockbuster Taegugki, domestic films peaked at an 82 percent market share.
There are two ironies surrounding the current success. The first is that many in the film industry feel beleaguered rather than emboldened by this strong showing, as it coincided with the government's announcement that Korea's Screen Quota system would be halved, cutting the required annual screen time for Korean films from 40 percent to 20 percent.
In the light of local fare dominating nearly 80 percent of the box-office, it is hard to argue for the preservation of protectionist measures, and finance ministers timed the decision well. The second irony is that unlike Taegugki 'the star-fueled blockbuster of two years ago' this year's first box-office champion was a modestly budgeted film with no major star-power to draw audiences.
Based on the stage-play Yi, about a Chosun-era king and his jester, King and the Clown cost only 4 million US dollars to make, and has sold almost 12 million tickets since its release nine weeks ago, already making it the most successful film in Korean history. It is a case of word-of-mouth prevailing over the blockbuster hype of double-digit productions. By contrast, the 15 million dollar Typhoon, focusing on the North-South divide, is the most expensive Korean film ever made, with a stellar cast including Jang Dong-Kun, Lee Jung-Jae and Lee Mi-Yeon. Yet it drew only 4.2 million admissions, 2 million short of what it needed to break even. Relying more on special effects and a sensational plot, the film lacked detailed and compelling characters and failed to reach Korean audiences on a personal level.
An even greater bomb was the 10 million dollar Blue Swallow starring Jang Jin-Young. Set during the period of Japanese occupation and purportedly recounting the tale of Korea's first female pilot, this aerial hopeful plummeted, barely drawing 600 000 viewers. Korean audiences may have been disappointed that the film did not come out strongly enough against imperial Japan. Like many successful Korean films, word-of-mouth was a tremendous factor in the popularity of King and the Clown. The question "Have you seen that movie?" has a snowball-effect on ticket sales here.
Based on the true story of a mad king, it is well scripted and performance-driven, with a bit of homoerotic controversy thrown in. While Koreans are a far cry from accepting homosexuality in their own society, it does seem to have market potential.
The minor-hit A Bungee-Jumping of Their Own broached the issue, albeit in a way that gave it an underlying heterosexual context.
In King and the Clown, it is the gender-bending jester Konggil, played by Lee Joon-Ki, who fascinates both his wealthy patrons and Korean film-going audiences alike. Feminized men are a growing trend in Korea, with high-school girls apparently going giddy for men who could conceivably pass as women. Last year Korea debuted the world's first manufactured transgender pop group, 'Lady.' Lee Joon-Ki, who has become famous overnight for his graceful portrayal of Konggil and his girlish good looks, is one of the chief reasons for the film's popularity. Though we cannot say this is simply a case of the lady-boy trend triumphing over big-budget muscle. Much of the film's delight issues from the energetic play-acting and witty sparring of the two clowns.
Some critics account for the big draw of King and the Clown by proposing that Korean audiences have evolved and refined their movie-going tastes, falling prey less and less to the glossy, hyped, often ridiculous plots of commercial productions, and instead favoring the subtle textures of unique personal dramas. This seems doubtful, if the success of the appallingly asinine sequel, My Boss, My Teacher, and gimmicky hits like Vampire Cop Ricky and Oh! My God are any indication.
There is no single reason for King and the Clown's popularity, however a mix of the right ingredients and the power of word-of-mouth in densely populated Korea helped it go a long way. It is also worth noting that Koreans go to the movies a lot more often than they used to. Attendance has more than tripled in the last eight years, making Korea the fifth largest movie-going audience in the world. As for King and the Clown, there is already a stage musical spin-off of in the works.
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oh..it make me feel sad reading those post!!!
the reason i check this thread is to refresh my memory about this movie!!!
didn't expect it would hit me like this...
yeah, i've seen this too...its sad but the love is everlasting!!!
thanks rubie and soymilk for the sharing
may she rest in peace...
LBH is surely a household name in Asia - one of the finest of the crop. Great to know that he has and will still enjoy immense success outside of Korea.
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