Thursday, January 25, 2007

Director Kwak Jae-yong Shoots Film in Japan

Japan’s Nikkan Sports reported that Korean director Kwak Jae-yong will shoot the last film in his so-called “girl” series in Japan with Japanese actors and actresses.

Planned for release in 2008, “My Girlfriend is a Cyborg” has cast Ayase Haruka, who appeared in “Crying Out Love in the Center of the World,” to play an active, sassy girl and Koide Keisuke, who appeared in the drama “Nodame Cantabile,” to play a timid boy.

The fantasy romantic comedy evolves around a cyborg girl who comes back to the present from the future to help her boyfriend. Wire action and computer graphics will be used for vivid action scenes.

Kwak said that he cast Ayase because she is not only cheerful and tough but also pure and innocent. The Japanese actress is devoting herself to practicing playing a cyborg by watching the Hollywood film “Terminator.” She is also receiving training for the action scenes.

With an expected budget of 1 billion Japanese yen or 8 billion won, the movie began shooting on Jan. 17.

Another film in the Korean director’s “girl” series, “Windstruck,” drew the most viewers among Korean films released in Japan, with box office earnings of 2.7 billion yen when it was released in 2005. The other film “My Sassy Girl” also received a good response in Japan.

The film’s Japanese producer, Amuse, however, said Thursday that some people think the new film is a sequel to “My Sassy Girl” and “Windstruck” because Kwak is directing it, but it is actually a brand new picture that has nothing to do with the previous movies.
source: kbs grobal

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