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  • KIM Hye-soo transforms Modern Boy PARK Hae-il
  • by Yi Ch' ang-ho (KOFIC) /  Feb 01, 2008
  • KIM Hye-soo transforms Modern Boy PARK Hae-il


    Writer/director JUNG Ji-woo wrapped up filming one of the highly anticipated films of this year: Modern Boy, set during the occupation of Korea by Japan. The titular character is played by PARK Hae-il, a superficial young man who only cares about enjoying the fruits of modernization. Things change when he meets the mysterious and multi-talented character played by KIM Hye-soo.


    KIM was chosen for the female lead since the character needs to be a very strong woman who has a profound impact on the young man’s life, according to director JUNG’s motivation. KIM has been lavishly praised for her commanding role in Tazza: The High Rollers.


    With filming finished, Modern Boy is in the final stages after a development process of three years, including a shooting period of almost seven months in numerous locations spread over the Korean peninsula.


    Expectations are high, since Modern Boy promises strong characters, impressive visuals, an interesting recreation of the time’s fashion and urban landscape, and an original take on the modernization of Korea in a controversial time by director JUNG.


    JUNG previously helmed the acclaimed Happy End, his feature film debut which screened in the Critics Week Section at the Cannes Film Festival. The film starring CHOI Min-sik and JEON Do-yeon was also a success at the box office. JUNG was also praised for his latest, Blossom Again with KIM Jung-eun in the leading role.


    PARK Hae-il portrayed the bitter former student activist in The Host. He also starred in last year’s hit Paradise Murdered. He was also praised for his roles in Memories of Murder, and My Mother the Mermaid.


    Yi Ch’ang-ho (KOFIC)

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