“Mr. Vengeance” Back for Romance

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter (The Korea Times)

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usAfter the completion of a trilogy on the theme of revenge, director Park Chan-wook has taken an unexpected turn _ toward romantic comedy. But his new film will be different from the ordinary sweet and cute romantic melodramas.

Park, who was once nicknamed “Mr. Vengeance” by New York Times Magazine, said that the film is not only to cool himself down, but also to try to experiment more boldly.

“This was originally something light between big movies,” Park said Friday during a news conference after the preview screening of his new film I Am a Cyborg, but That’s OK at CGV Yongsan multiplex theater in Seoul.

“But it doesn’t mean I was going to make it without doing my best or something. I just wanted to make it without feeling much pressure about commercial success, which I believed could allow me to do more experimental and bold things so that it could be a kind of movie in which a lot of people may not understand what’s going on,” Park said.

The film, which Park introduced as “a kind of romantic comedy,” is set in a mental institute, where a male patient and a female patient fall in love. The couple is played by two big stars _ Rain, who is one of the most popular singers in Asia, and Lim Soo-jung, who gained huge popularity throughout Asia with the television drama series Sorry, I Love You.

Rain plays Il-sun, who believes he can “steal” other people’s characteristics, and Lim’s character is Young-gyun, who thinks she is a cyborg.

The two stars’ huge popularity seems to be an advantage for the film, but Park said that they were an obstacle to his experimentation.

“When Rain and Lim were cast for the film, the planned experiments were screwed up,” Park said, laughing. “The two actors said that they didn’t understand the script, and I had to deceive them with sweet and kind words _ everything will be OK.

“But I started worrying about what would happen if the audience didn’t get it or got confused. So I tried to be kinder, to help the audience understand it better,” Park said.

Through the trilogy _ Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Old Boy (2003) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) _ he explored human nature and the complicated emotions related to hatred, revenge and atonement for sins.

In his new film, what does he want to tell?

“This is a love story between patients, not between a patient and a doctor. A doctor tries to cure a patient, but the patient just understands diseases that other patients have. Il-sun loves Young-gyun as she is, along with her illusion and fantasy. I think love is something that makes you love problems that your loved one has even though you can’t fix them,” Park said.
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Source: The Korea Times

doozy: Park Chan Wook had to “dumb down” the script in order for the audience to understand the movie? That’s hilarious. I can’t say that I’m a fan of his previous works because I leave them feeling very disturbed. Or maybe I just don’t have a high enough IQ to understand what the hell it is that he was trying to portray. Nonetheless, like I’ve said before, I’ll definitely watch this movie to support that certain someone.

Vengeance trilogy director Park Chan-wook returns with romantic comedy starring Rain


From left to right: Park Chan Wook, Lim Soo Jung, and Rain (Bi)

By Kim Hyun
SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) — Fresh from making hard-boiled thrillers, South Korea’s Park Chan-wook said Thursday that he wanted to deliver a romantic story that “smells like fruit” this time.

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay, Park’s seventh feature, is to debut in theaters next month, basking in the heightened attention for its male lead, star singer and actor Rain (called Bi in Korean). Dubbed as “a kind of romantic comedy” by the director, the story of a young female mental patient who believes she is a cyborg and her male mate who chases after her marks the director’s return, far from the the Vengeance triology.

“Believe it or not, it’s true that this is the movie I made,” Park said in a press conference to announce the end of the producton.

“It was good that I could cast young actors. Somehow I wanted to return to my childish dream. I wanted to make a movie that is as fresh as them and that smells like fruit. An age 12-rated movie that I can watch with my daughter.”
Its female lead is Lim Soo-jung, who played a blameless heroine in the popular Korean television drama series, Sorry, I Love You, which aired last year in eight Asian countries, including China, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.

“The mental patients all have their own unique universe. It could be nothing more than an illusion in the eye of normal people. But it is an indispensible one, the only and very realistic world to that person. So if they talk to each other about their own universe, wouldn’t that be a kind of what we call love?” he said in a Seoul hotel packed with hundreds of local and foreign journalists, where some scenes from the film were screened.

Making his screen debut with the established director, Rain said he saw the pristine state of humans from the wacky, disorderly mental hospital.

“I interpret this movie as a message of hope for the world. The patients in the hospital live with feelings of irritation and distance from the world, but I felt that they are very good natured and naive and more highly-focused than any normal people,” he said.

I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay is to be released nationwide on Dec. 7.
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Source: Yonhap News
Special thanks to rubie @ soompi

Bi’s New Movie

Pictures from the press conference of I’m A Cyborg, But It’s Okay


Look at the size of that safety pin! Ji Hoon sshi, did you take it from my locker?

The movie premieres on December 7th. For more pictures from the event, go here.

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

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doozy: I really look forward to seeing this movie and Bi’s performance. Hopefully, it won’t disappoint and will be well-received when it is shown in S. Korea.

Bi in Vietnam

A friend of mine went to Vietnam recently and took a picture Bi’s advertisement at the airport and sent it to me as a present. Haha, crazy girl! Thank you!

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Speaking of which, the teaser poster for Bi (Jung Ji Hoon)’s new movie is out!

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The teaser poster of director Park Chan Wook’s new movie Cyborg jiman gwenchanah (Cyborg but okay) was revealed with the two main cast, Lim Soo Jeong and Jeong Ji Hoon.

The photo shoot for the teaser poster took place on Jeong Ji Hoon’s birthday this past 25th of June. The poster features the main catchphrase ‘This Year’s Couple of Shinsegye Mental Hospital’ along with Lim Soo Jeong’s cunning smile and Jeong Ji Hoon proudly wearing a peculiar paper mask.

Cyborg jiman gwenchanah (Cyborg but okay) is a romantic comedy drawing the love story of a girl that believes she is a cyborg (played by Lim Soo Jeong) and a guy who says it doesn’t matter if she is a cyborg (played by Jeong Ji Hoon). The movie is scheduled to be released in early December.
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Source: soompi.com

doozy: I’m definitely looking forward to this movie! The teaser poster looks oddly happy, but I guess it fits the movie since the movie takes place in a mental institution.