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Director Lee Do Yoon Weighs In On 'Confession' And His Work With Stars Ji Sung, Lee Kwang Soo, Joo Ji Hoon [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
(Photo : Opus Pictures ) Director Lee Do Yoon explores the fragility and fickle morality of humanity in the 2014 crime film, "Confession." "Confession" stars Ji Sung (Kill Me, Heal Me) as Hyun Tae, a paramedic who is dedicated to raising his daughter with his hearing-impaired wife. Hyun Tae appears to have impeccable morals, which seemingly contrast with his childhood friends, In Chul and Min Soo. Joo Ji Hoon (Mask) portrays In Chul, a smooth-talking insurance salesman who crafts a plan to defraud his employer, at the financial gain of Hyun Tae"s parents. "Running Man" star Lee Kwang Soo is Min Soo, the most trusting friend within the trio, who joins the insurance fraud plan, but becomes heartbroken when the plot goes awry. KDramaStars sat down with director Lee Do Yoon to discuss his directorial debut and work as a screenwriter, during the 13th New York Korean Film Festival.
KDramaStars: I really enjoyed the mix of actors who comprised the central cast of Confession. How did Lee Kwang Soo, Ji Sung, and Joo Ji Hoon become involved in the movie? How did they develop the on-screen dynamic of life-long friends?
Lee Do Yoon: When you look at the actual age difference between the actors, there is a nine-year age gap. I was actually confronted by a lot of people who were opposed to the casting because they thought it wouldn"t work. But once the casting was completed, I called the actors up to have drinks. We would do a lot of things that friends would do.
We would sometimes go to Joo Ji Hoon"s place and pull all-nighters. Whether we were drinking or hanging around in our boxers or getting over our hangovers together, that kind of mingling helped the process. We wouldn"t go to fancy places, but would instead visit corner stores where they had soju. Spending a lot of time with the actors, in that way, helped them to develop a sense of being friends for a long time.
I kind of badgered the actors to spend a lot to spend time together. Ji Sung was a newlywed, [at the time]. I feel like he enjoyed the process because he was able to do things that he wasn"t able to do as a married guy.
KDramaStars: What were some of the challenges in writing the script for a film that also marked your directorial debut?
Lee Do Yoon:Becoming a director in Korea is a little bit dysfunctional, in that you just don"t become a director because your abilities to direct are good. Sometimes your biggest card can be a really good, original screenplay. Having a great original screenplay says a lot about who you are as a storyteller. For me, that process wasn"t as grueling because in my younger years, when I was growing up, I wanted to be novelist.
I"m very fond of creating stories. I think the advantage of having my original screenplay and having it as a director, was that I was able to achieve flexibility on-set. For example, if there were some things that were not working out, I could fix them on the fly. If there were some problems with a character, I could create another one and treat things immediately.
Flexibility was a big thing for me when I was working on this. Because I started with dreams of becoming a novelist, the system is actually beneficial to me. In the end, I am able to tell the story that I actually wanted to tell, rather than someone else"s story.
KDramaStars: Confession is unique in that it pairs the aspects of a coming of age film with a crime noir. Did real-life events inspire the script?
Lee Do Yoon:I wouldn"t say that the film is inspired by a real-life event. It comes from my musings on human relationships. As I live my life, I realize that there is more than one side to relationships. Not every interaction is all great or all bad. It"s a very complicated thing. Sometimes in relationships, you realize that your good intentions sometimes don"t lead to the good results that you intended.
I felt that it would be interesting to tell the story of three friends who really, really trusted one another. But their intentions don"t necessarily lead to good results, but to a catastrophic outcome. I would say this film was inspired by my own life experiences.
KDramaStars: The film opens and concludes with a snowy graduation day trip that leads to the injury of Min Soo. What influenced your decision to use this particular setting as the place that would define their relationships?
Lee Do Yoon: The film begins and ends with the scene from 17 years ago, on graduation day. The reason why I composed those scenes, in that manner, is because I feel like their fates were already sealed, at that point. Hyun Tae doubts In Chul for not coming for Min Soo, but Min Soo remains his friend, without reserve. Hyun Tae has doubts that present themselves again, 17 years later, in the same manner.
I feel like sometimes in life, there are certain moments that define a relationship or your entire life. These things come to the foreground when you are placed in dire or extreme circumstances. In this sense, they are making the same choices they made 17 years ago. In the end, they are confronted with a excruciating circumstances. I wanted to show that they were only human and made the same decisions they made, in the past. That"s why I placed the scenes in that manner.
KDramaStars: Hyun Tae is initially portrayed as the upright character, while In Chul seems morally bankrupt. Are the characters meant to serve as social commentary on filial and social obligations? What are your thoughts on the moral ambiguity of the film?
Lee Do Yoon The way I view human nature is that I don"t see it as a dichotomy of good and evil. I think it"s more about whether you"re weaker or stronger. I think it really comes down to the choices you make and the results coming from your choices. One thing I feel is that people don"t actually take the time to think about their choices or the consequences those choices will create.
When you think about the characters of Hyun Tae and In Chul, Hyun Tae may look like a morally just person, from an outsider"s point of view, but when you think about it he"s the one who makes the most tragic choice. In the case of In Chul, he"s not as squeaky clean, but he still entrusts his friends and he is a person who his friend"s really trust. When you look at that, no one is completely good or completely evil. We all have polarity in our natures. That is what"s interesting for me to try to tell that story, through the characters of the film.
The characters are in their thirties, they are my age. When I see my friends, the outward appearance of what they want you to see is often different than what they are really thinking or feeling. I"ve noticed that a lot. When it comes to social commentary, people in Korean society, are very lax with their moral standards. In the film, they think the only people who will be a victim will be the insurance company. Their mindset is, We can get this money and it will be all good. You and I are profiting from this.
I think this is a dangerous outlook because you"re not thinking about the consequences your actions will have on society. In some instances, it"s very unfortunate that a lot people in their twenties and thirties in Korean society, live with that kind of lax moral compass. Again, people don"t really take the time to contemplate the consequences of their choices. In that aspect, the film could act as a social commentary.
KDramaStars: What is your next project? Would you like to continue screenwriting and directing, in the future?
Lee Do Yoon: I"m interested in both options: directing my original screenplay and directing something that I have not written. Before coming to New York, I confirmed that I would be working on another one of my screenplays with Opus Pictures, which is the production company I am working with. We are in the casting process for that film. In the meantime, I feel like there are so many more stories that I want to tell. I would like to continue writing original screenplays, but I understand that there are a lot of great stories out there. If I am inspired to direct material I didn"t write, I would approach those projects. We"ll have to see what happens.
girls' Generation's Seohyun, Park Ji Yoon, Joo Young Hoon, Shim Hyung Tak to guest on 'Radio famous person'
The guest lineup for MBC"s "Radio celebrity" upcoming episode has been published.
in line with the officials on August 5th, girls" Generation"s Seohyun, tv personality Park Ji Yoon, composer Joo Young Hoon and actor Shim Hyung Tak will take part in the recording of the display nowadays.
As the visitors are all from other spaces, the audience are taking a look ahead to what sort of subject they're going to speak about in this episode.
"Radio celebrity" announces each and each Wednesday at 11:15PM KST.
Composer < robust>Joo Young Hoon and actress < robust>Lee Yoon Mi welcomed a child daughter into the world on August four.
The composer uploaded photographs of his circle of relatives on Instagram and wrote, “four days later than expected. four:11 a.m. We gave birth to a three. five kg (approx. 7.7 lbs), healthy daughter thru a circle of relatives water birth.”
In the footage, Lee Yoon Mi is keeping her newborn daughter whilst Joo Young Hoon embraces them from at the back of. In every other photo, their firstborn daughter < robust>Ara is visual as smartly.
The proud father also printed his newborn daughter’s call. He wrote, “Daughter’s call is < robust>Joo Ra El. Thank you to everybody who cheered for us.”
Mean whilst, the couple married in 2006 and had their first daughter in 2010.
Congratulations to the satisfied circle of relatives!
The plethora of cameos in dramas continues as Ha Ji Won"s upcoming SBS weekend drama, "The Time We Were Not In Love," already has some guests lined up for special appearances.
A drama rep disclosed to TV Daily on June 16, "Choo Sung Hoon, Yoon Sang Hyun, and On Joo Wan are going to appear for cameos in "The Time We Were Not In Love." The three of them appear early in the production with the intention to grab the audience"s attention with acting that gives an impact."
The drama centers on a man and a woman who have been friends for a very long time as they endure new situations brought on by entering their 30"s. In the production, the three men will appear as Ha Ji Won"s ideal types. The exact situations have not been outlined yet, but it"s sure to be amusing!
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Chu Sung Hoon, Yoon Sang Hyun and more have confirmed their participation in the show called “The Time I’ve Loved You”
MMA fighter Chu Sung Hoon and actors Yoon Sang Hyun and On Joo Wan will be making cameo appearances in the upcoming SBS drama, The Time Ive Loved You.
According to broadcast insiders, the three have been confirmed to make special appearances in the latest drama.
Although not much detail about their cameos have been revealed yet, it has been reported that they will be acting with the dramas leading lady, Ha Ji Won, as their ideal type.
The Time Ive Loved You, which will premiere on June 27, is a remake of a popular Taiwanese drama called In Time With You. Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook will be starring as the leads.
Former Miss Korea Jang Yoon-seo and actor Choi Dae-hoon are getting married at The Chapel in Gangnam, Seoul.
The officiant is the priest from their church and entertainment will be provided by Seo Beom-seok, Yoon Hyeong-ryeol and Choi Soo-young.
The two of them met in the tvN drama "Crazy Love". Jang Yoon-seo then went to see Choi Dae-hoon"s musicals and the two became close.
Choi Dae-hoon proposed during her birthday on 31st of October.
They two of them will be traveling around New York, Mexico, San Francisco and Cancun for 3 weeks after their wedding.
Jang Yoon-seo was a Miss Korea in 2006. She starred in "Swallow the Sun", "My Fair Lady", "Yaksha" and more.
Choi Dae-hoon starred in "Bridal Mask", "Big", "Crazy Love" and more.
Yoon Da-hoon didn"t appear well without Lee Tae-im.
He was nowhere to be seen on the eighteenth episode of the SBS weekend drama "My Heart Shines". He plays Pyo Seong-joo in the drama and it looks like his appearance was affected by the resignation of Lee Tae-im.
Lee Tae-im, who caused criticism by swearing during a show recording, stepped down from the drama due to health reasons.
A source from the SBS Drama Department claimed that it doesn"t seem like she"ll go on and they haven"t decided if someone else will be taking her place or will just continue with the scenario like nothing happened. However, it doesn"t seem like the better solution to replace her with someone.
Meanwhile, "My Heart Shines" is a story of the conflict, success and love between two families.
Pyo Seong-joo (Yoon Da-hoon) confessed his heart to Lee Soon-soo (Lee Tae-im).
On the episode of SBS drama "My Heart Shines" on the 22nd, Pyo Seong-joo met Lee Soon-soo before he left for the States.
He approached her as she was playing the piano and made her smile with his appearance.
They sat across from each other at a table and when she stared at him, he said, "Don"t stare like that. I am afraid of what you might say". Then pointing to the piano, he said, "I am very timid because of that".
Lee Soon-soo said, "I"m really sorry about the other night. I was over the line". But Pyo Seong-joo insisted she needn"t be sorry.
Pyo said, "I"m glad you"re still here in this house. Lee said, "I was waiting for you" and when he asked why she said, "I knew you"d come. I wanted to apologize. I will do better".
Pyo said, "I didn"t come here for that. I reflected on myself a lot. I wondered why I was so angry and upset. Why am I upset with you when I did that for you wanting nothing in return?"
"So I looked inside my heart and I was expecting something. Don"t ask what it is, I can"t tell you and I don"t want to".
"Luckily, I am leaving this weekend". Lee Soon-soo asked to where and he said, "The States".
Pyo Seong-soo said, "That"s a present from me. It"s something I"ve always wanted to buy for Seon-yeong but she left the world before I could. You should play it for her". Lee Soon-soo asked, "What shall I do now?" and he replied, "You should keep paying the rent".
"Take care. Be healthy" he said, before he got up to leave.
"My Heart Shines" is a story of three sisters struggling through life and the tyranny of wealthy people.
‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestants Learn Acting From K-Drama Stars Clara & Yoon Jong Hoon At Namsan Tower
(Photo : The CW ) K-Drama actress Clara with J. Alexander during "America"s Next Top Model." Americas Next Top Model Cycle 21 contestants performed Korean drama scenes with Clara and Yoon Jong Hoon in the latest episode, The Guy With Moves Like Elvis. The latest challenge for the Cycle 21 contestants was to perform a scene from the tvN drama Emergency Couple with Yoon Jong Hoon and Clara standing in as acting partners.
Emergency Couple was a popular tvN K-Drama which concluded in April 2014. The drama also starred Song Ji Hyo (Running Man) and Choi Jin Hyuk (Gu Family Book, The Heirs) as a divorced couple who struggled to work together as interns at a hospital.
The five contestants watched scenes from Emergency Couple prior to meeting the actors at Namsan Tower. A brief explanation of Namsan Tower and its love locks was provided by J. Alexander (Miss J) who also expressed a strong interest in watching Korean dramas.
Each of the models filmed scenes where they were depicted as foreigners who had arranged blind dates with Clara and Yoon Jong Hoon.
The actors acted opposite each contestant, with both actors exhibiting strong English comprehension. The hardest aspect of the challenge for the models was having to memorize the brief script, which was in English and Korean.
Keith, who was the strongest contestant during last weeks challenges, used his improvisational skills to woo Clara. He was the winner of the K-Drama (Korean soap opera) challenge, after making an impression on Yoon Jong Hoon and Clara.
Cycle 21 of Americas Next Top Model features five episodes which were filmed in Korea. Previous episodes have included appearances from James of the Royal Pirates, Jay Park, Ben Baller, and BTOB. 2NE1 and Lee Soo Hyuk will appear in an upcoming episode along with fashion designer Lee Sang Bong.
Lee Je-hoon and Yoon So-hee met 3 years later in the Gibang.
On the fourteenth episode of the SBS drama "Secret Door", Lee Seon (Lee Je-hoon) reunited with Ji-dam (Yoon So-hee) 3 years later.
Lee Seon told Kim Taek (Kim Chang-wan) that he would make him his political teacher. Lee Seon had made Kim Taek"s grandchild Kim Moo (Lee Won-geun) and other children of the Noron into his henchmen. He even enjoyed the Gibang while ignoring Yeong Jo"s calls.
Chaejegong asked Lee Seon to return to the palace but Lee Seon refused. He said the atmosphere had been disturbed so to call on different Gi girls.
Woon-sim (Park Hyo-joo) told him the new Gi girl wouldn"t serve them but just play an instrument and Kim Moo said, "Why is she so stuck up?"
Ji-dam appeared when the doors opened and Lee Seon was shocked.
Ji-dam asked Lee Seon, "What does Sir want from me? Give me an order. The Seo Ji-dam who thought the truth was everything, died with her father 3 years ago. She wasn"t dumb to die like that. It looks like Your Majesty the Prince, who used to value the lives of his people, isn"t from this world, either. Otherwise you won"t be wasting your time like this with Noron children. What do you want from me?" and started to undress herself.
Lee Seon stopped her hands and she said, "I don"t care about giving the body without the soul so just get lost".