[Drama 2019] The Light In Your Eyes, 눈이 부시게

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June 22, 2019


Lee Jung-eun is always up for a challenge
‘Parasite’ star has made a career out of scene-stealing roles in film and television


Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


Lee Jung-eun, who plays a housekeeper in Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” has appeared in countless films, TV dramas and plays throughout her 28-year acting career. Clockwise from top are her appearances in the movies “Parasite” (2019), “Another Child” (2019), “The Attorney” (2013) and the JTBC drama “The Light in Your Eyes” (2019). Lee will play a leading role in OCN’s upcoming thriller series “Hell is Other People.” [CJ ENTERTAINMENT, JTBC, NEW, SHOWBOX]

There are many moments in “Parasite” that make the movie a thriller, but the scene where housekeeper Moon-gwang eerily peers into the video intercom screen on a rainy day is probably what keeps moviegoers up at night. 


Yet Lee Jung-eun, the veteran actress who plays the scene-stealer in this year’s Palme d’Or winner, was worried that she wouldn’t be able to pull off the role when she first received the offer to star in Bong Joon-ho’s newest project. 


“I have a cute image, so I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to be scary,” she told the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, during an interview earlier this month. 


Throughout her 28-year acting career, Lee has starred in countless films, dramas and plays, taking on roles that transcend genre, time periods and species. She has played a Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) maidservant in the historical romance drama series “Mister Sunshine” (2018) and voiced the role of a genetically modified pig in the 2017 science fiction movie “Okja,” which was her second film with Bong after “Mother” (2009). 


Although she usually plays minor roles, Lee has received critical acclaim for her appearances, most recently snatching the Best Supporting Actress prize at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards for her role in drama “The Light in Your Eyes” (2019). Having proved her capacity to scare in “Parasite,” Lee’s now getting ready to star in a leading role in OCN’s upcoming thriller series “Hell is Other People,” where she will play a suspicious landlord.


The following are edited excerpts from the interview, where Lee discussed “Parasite” and her colorful acting career. 


Q. This is your third time working with Bong. How were your previous encounters with him? 


A. I met Bong after my third audition for “Mother.” Even though my role was really small, Bong paid a lot of attention and that encouraged me to work even harder. After some time had passed, Bong appeared one day with Won Bin and Song Sae-byeok to watch my performance in the musical “Laundry.” After the show ended, he stood up and started clapping, leading the rest of the audience to give a standing ovation. I think he got the idea to cast me as “Okja” from hearing my voice then. I prepared a lot for “Okja” and tried to imitate the sounds of similar animals. Bong told me that I tried very hard, and suggested that we do more strange things in the future. 


How did you get the offer to star in “Parasite”?


On the day of the film preview for “Okja,” Bong told me to empty my schedule for the next year and handed me a piece of paper with the storyboard for “Parasite.” It showed Moon-gwang leaning against the wall like she was pushing something. When Bong told me it was going to be fun and weird, I got the urge to challenge myself. I read the full script last May before filming and I really liked it. 


Was the intercom scene the first thing you shot for the movie? 


It was the second. Before that, I filmed the scene where I get fired. People tell me they were scared by the intercom scene, but I actually expected it to be funny. Friends who have seen the movie tell me it reminds them of when I‘m drunk. 


What did you do to prepare for the role of Moon-gwang?


I’ve been to a similar home of a wealthy family, and the housekeepers there are really graceful, almost to the point that it’s difficult to distinguish them from the actual homeowner. They all drive nice cars and read books in their free time. I guess this behavior may be requested as part of their job, and that’s what Bong ordered me to do as well. 


In “Parasite” I throw disapproving glances at young Ki-woo when he comes to the Parks’ home for the tutoring job interview, even though my character is in the position of living off the family. I still get excited when I see that scene. 


You’ve worked before with Park Myung-hoon, who plays your character’s husband in “Parasite.” How was acting with him again? 


We first met at the premiere for the play “Liar” in 2005. We were surprised by the casting choice for this movie. We discussed a lot about what a couple without children may be like. 


How did you first get into acting?


My mom told me that I don’t really look like an actor, but I enjoyed dancing and singing in front of people. Park Kwang-jung asked me to help him with a theater production in Daehangno[, central Seoul, in the 1990s]. I made a deal with him that if I helped him out with three productions, he would cast me as an actor. 


What is your philosophy when it comes to acting? 


I generally try to be cheerful during filming. Even when I have a concern, I only express it after I fulfill my responsibilities. I also try to act like the cameras are rolling during rehearsals. I think I’ve learned how to empty myself a bit. I enjoy taking on whatever roles that come my way and contributing to good stories. People say that I was a good actor in “Parasite,” but my role had already been set up that way. It’s the directors and writers that make the projects what they are. Actors only add a bit of creativity. I want to be like Chow Yun-fat. I like how he just lives a regular life, taking the subway and mixing with the public. I would be happy to just have fans occasionally recognize me on the street and ask for a picture. 


BY NA WON-JEONG [kim.eunjin1@joongang.co.kr]


Photo: CINE21





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November 6, 2019

2019 Proves JTBC as Drama Kingdom


Source:  Joynews via HanCinema.net




JTBC dramas showed strength in the year 2019, starting with"SKY Castle", which is famous for the line "Can you handle it?" and caused a sensation in the year 2019, as well as "Be Melodramatic", which targeted the 20-40 viewer age range.


According to surveys, "SKY Castle" is the Best Drama of 2019 with 64 votes, "The Light in Your Eyes" comes next with 38 votes and "Be Melodramatic" is last with 26 votes. What draws attention is that they are all jTBC dramas. JTBC has proved its reputation as the Drama Kingdom.


The jTBC Drama Headquarters told Joy News 24 that they are thankful to those who picked jTBC and watched its dramas. Despite other great dramas from other broadcasting stations, they are overwhelmed by the results and entirely thankful.


These results reflect the high trust the viewers have in jTBC. JTBC has been broadcasting dramas of solid quality and unique fun, therefore increasing the trust the viewers have in the station.


The jTBC DHQ says, "It's hard to predict the viewers' reactions in the process of making the drama, so we're always careful. Regardless of source and variety there is a bond within the company, to encourage diverse creators' diverse creativity. We have been able to form an identity not only thanks to the dramas with high viewing rates, but also thanks to dramas with other merits".


"SKY Castle", which was the most voted for, killed two birds with one stone by gaining high viewing percentage and popularity, causing a 'Castle syndrome'. In the SKY Castle where 0.1% of the rich live together, "SKY Castle" is a real-comic satirical drama that takes a close look at the gruesome desires of wives from wealthy families who want to raise their husbands as kings and their children as princes and princesses. It started off with 1%, but ended with 23%, and every episode created a famous line and scene. The drama created 'life characters' for the cast and even when the character Hye-na (Kim Bo-ra) died, there was an issue with the spoiler about the killer.


"SKY Castle" started weak, but ended with pride, and it's a rare case of a 'successful drama' in the drama industry, according to jTBC DHQ. "The intensity of the entrance exam war between children from the 0.1% of the rich, the solid scenario, the performance of the cast, and the unique atmospheric sensitivity of the drama helped to create intense immersion. The desire that everyone has to a certain extent also matched with the adult female viewers".


"As for the Drama Headquarters, the high viewer ratings that no one expected gave a boost of confidence and inspiration for a new project, but on the other hand, the recorded ratings will not easily be exceeded for the time being, which also gives an opportunity for a new beginning".




"The Light in Your Eyes", which came in second place, is about a woman who loses all her time before she can use it up and a man who gives up all of his radiant moments and lives a lethargic life. It stars Han Ji-min, Kim Hye-ja, Nam Joo-hyuk, Ahn Nae-sang and Lee Jung-eun. Their perfect performance in the drama earned it the title 'an unforgettable drama' and Kim Hye-ja was chosen the 'Best Drama Actress of 2019'.


JTBC DHQ commented, "The immersion for Kim Hye-ja's role was touching on its own. From the way she spoke as a woman in her 20s to an Alzheimer's patient in her 80s, the efforts she put into acting her whole life were reflected through this drama".




"Be Melodramatic", which came in 3rd place, stayed in the 1% ratings range the whole time, but it reflected PD Lee Byeong-heon-I's unique characteristics and the outstanding performance of the actors. The viewers absolutely loved the drama and even demanded the production of a second season. Even the cast members expressed that they wanted a second season. It was a chance to realize that viewing percentage isn't everything. The jTBC DHQ said, "We were quite surprised at the response we got. We feel the 'world of their own' displayed by the PD, the writer and the cast was realistic, lovely and even hopeful. However, being responsible for everything that goes on here, we cannot help but admit that we haven't been able to gain the support of the viewers. In the next opportunity, we will think of various ideas to make things more fun".


The criteria and goal of creating quality content by jTBC Drama Headquarters, which achieved good results in the year of 2019, is to first put priority on the trust and support of viewers. Second is the high-quality scripts and respecting the passion of the creators. Third is the colorful fun. "There are dramas with diverse material and genres planned for 2020", jTBC DHQ says. "Criticism from the viewers helps us grow, although slowly. We will make efforts to implement new imagination and creativity in the future".

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Year end dramabeans review part 1 by SailorJumun


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The Light in Your Eyes – The One With All the Tears



Oh man, this drama just tore me to pieces. I knew about the twist, and how sad it was supposed to be, beforehand, so I was nervous going in. And I was caught off guard by how funny the first episode was. I was thinking, “Wait, did I click on the right drama?” But then I started to pick up on things, make sense of things, and then boom: sobfest. It was a unique experience piecing everything together, one I’ve never had with a drama, or TV show in general.


If you haven’t seen The Light in Your Eyes, I’d say that it’s an important one to watch. It’s such a smart and beautiful take on life and the way we process it. I still think about Han Ji-min and Kim Hye-ja’s character and her wise words to this day. There were still a few things that left me confused, but I appreciated the writer for just laying it all out there for us to decipher. I’d go back to try to pick up even more hints, but I don’t think my poor heart could handle a re-watch. Even so, I’m grateful to have watched it at all.


full article http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/12/year-in-dramas-the-one-where/

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[Year in dramas] Memorable characters of 2019

by quirkycase

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Kim Hye-ja  The Light in Your Eyes


Whew, this one got to me. From the start, I was pleasantly surprised by the way it highlighted how society dismisses the elderly through the lens of a 25-year-old trapped in the body of a 70-year-old. But then the big reveal hit, and I was not prepared. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that I thought the way things played out was wonderfully done and made Hye-ja into a character I will long remember. Strong performances from Han Ji-min and, especially, Kim Hye-ja helped make this beautiful story a standout for me.


full article http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/12/year-in-dramas-memorable-characters-of-2019/

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The beautiful drama just won an award

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