Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bong Joon-ho "Won Bin is youthful country style"

Director Bong Joon-ho of the movie " Mother " revealed an episode involving the two leading characters. In a meeting with his acquaintances, he said, "Won Bin was far from his image of a refined city-dweller. He is from Kang-won, so I sensed more of a country style".

Before debuting in 1996, Won Bin worked in a auto service center in Kang-won.

Director Bong said, "There is still a pure innocent image left in his face. He seems more human, for he likes tennis and soccer more than he likes working out or golf". As a director, he was glad that Won Bin still had an innocent image left in him. Won Bin plays a youth who is falsely accused of being a murderer.

Director Bong said, "In the early 1990s, there was a time when I was preparing an independent film with an underground cafe as my hideout. I heard that Kim Hye-ja lived next to the cafe, and I remember staying near the house every morning and evening". He wanted to use fate as an excuse and ask her to star in his independent film.

At that time, Director Bong filmed short films, such as "White Person" and "Incoherence". He wasn't in the condition to divide the labor, so for "Incoherence", he directed, starred, wrote, and edited.

He said, "From my early 20s when I had the dream of making movies, I wanted to work with Byeong Hee-bong and Kim Hye-ja, and that dream has been fulfilled". While filming "Barking Dogs Never Bite" and "Memories of Murder", he approached Kim Hye-ja and asked her to be in his works some day.

"Mother", starring Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin, is a story of a mother who goes to extremes for her wrongly-accused son. It starts filming this fall, and premieres next year.

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Song Hye-kyo Teams Up with Michelle Yeoh

Hallyu star Song Hye-kyo teams up with Michelle Yeoh from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Memories of a Geisha" fame to target the Asian public.

According to the film magazine "Variety," Song recently signed a contract with Stella Entertainment, located near Taiwan, for her work overseas.

Stella Entertainment was established by Yeoh, Terrance Chang (who produced "Mission: Impossible 2" and "Face-Off") and entertainment agent David Tang.

Variety magazine wrote that "Song Hye-gyo became extremely popular [with the Asian public] after co-starring with Rain in the TV drama, 'Full House.' She also starred in 'My Girl and I,' as well as 'Hwangjinyi.' She was also cast in the director Sohn Su-beom's independent film which was also his U.S.A. debut, 'Fetish.'"

Song also signed a new contract with Eden Nine, the Korean agency representing Won Bin. Won Bin and Song both plan on more active participation in the Asian entertainment industry.

source: KBS Global

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