The Korea-Japan Telecinema Project (2009)
Update (6/9): Seven of the eight segments have completed production. The segments will be released in theatres at the end of July and then simultaneously broadcast on Korea and Japanese television in October. Also, a couple of stills from Triangle have been released.
A massive Korea-Japan telecinema production consisting of seven two-hour segments is being created by various well-reputed Japanese screenwriters and Korean directors. Each mini-project will be broadcast as a two-part story on TV (Korea – SBS; Japan – Asahi TV), as well as be released as a film in theatres. They are rumoured to begin showing in September of 2009.
Out of the seven segments that were to be produced, six are already filmed or in the process of filming. The production company is currently in discussions with screenwriter Nojima Shinji about the possibility of making an eighth segment.
Go beyond the jump to read about the all-star cast (Cha In Pyo! Kang Hye Jung! Kang Ji Hwan!) and other released details of each segment.
KP’s note: This post will be updated as further details are released. They are still in the process of making changes; for example, Kim Suna just recently dropped out. Each time we update, we will make the post “sticky” so that it appears at the top of the blog’s front page and highlight the most recent additions or alterations. For this reason, we ask that this post not be copied and pasted onto other webpages until more information is finalized. Thank you.
1. Heaven’s Postman (천국의 우편 배달부)
Kim (Hero) Jaejoong – Shin Jae Joon
Han Hyo Joo – Jo Ha Na
Kim Chang Wan
PD: Lee Hyung Min
Screenwriter: Kitagawa Eriko
Heaven’s Postman shows the romance of Shin Jae Joon and Jo Ha Na In two different worlds between life and death.
Jae Joon is the young CEO of an IT company. Due to a critical accident, Jae Joon falls into a coma that allows his spirit to travel between the real world and the afterworld. He becomes a postman who delivers letters written by people who can’t get over their deceased loved ones. Through his work, he meets Cho Ha Na who is trying to send a letter to her boyfriend who has died. Ha Na is the only person who can see Jae Joon’s spirit.
- This segment is currently in post-production
2. A Stone’s Dream (돌멩이의 꿈)
Cha In Pyo – Sang Hyun
Kim Hyo Jin – Ha Na
Go Jung Min – Sang Hyun’s wife
PD: Jang Yong Woo
Screenwriter: Nakazono Miho
A fraudulent physiognomist, Sang Hyun, tries to help 10-year-old Jae Young find his mother following the death of his father. They are also assisted by Ha Na, who used to be a musical theatre actress, but became a club dancer after an injury.
3. Triangle (트라이앵글)
Ahn Jae Wook
Kang Hye Jung
Lee Soo Kyung
PD: Ji Young Soo
Screenwriter: Ozaki Masaya
Triangle is a thriller (suspense black comedy) with Ahn Jae Wook playing the president of an art work display event company. Kang Hye Jung’s role is a police officer trying to track him down because she suspects him of a bank robbery. Lee Soo Kyung plays a widow who inherits valuable art pieces upon her husband’s death and has the conviction to keep (rather than sell) the work.
4. After the Wedding (결혼식 후에)
Ye Ji Won
Bae Soo Bin
Shin Sung Woo – a lawyer
Go Ah Sung
PD: Kim Yoon Chul
Screenwriter: Yokota Rie
Six middle-aged friends who were members of the same club during university reunite after 15 years at a friend’s wedding and reminisce about their time together. One of the female alumni’s daughter appears at the wedding declaring that she is the daughter of one of the men present.
- Shin Sung Woo is learning how to play the guitar, since his chracter was a guitarist for the university club
- Kim Suna was originally cast as the main female lead, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts
5. The Relationship Between the Face, Heart, and Love (얼굴과 마음과 사랑의 관계)
Kang Ji Hwan – Kang Tae Poong
E Ji Ah – Wang So Joong
Hwang Bo Ra – Wang So Joong’s colleague (cameo)
PD: Lee Jang Soo
Screenwriter: Ooishi Shizuka
Kang Tae Poong (Kang Ji Hwan) is an architect/interior designer who judges women solely by their appearance. However, Tae Poong’s sense of sight gets damaged from an accident that affects his brain. Therefore, he starts hallucinating and sees ugly women as beautiful, and vice-versa. Tae Poong then becomes attracted to Wang So Joong (E Ji Ah), an ugly journalist at a wildlife magazine.
- The purpose of this segment is to criticize modern society, which judges people based on their appearance
- Theme: true love is stronger than anything else
- E Ji Ah will play both roles – beautiful and ugly. For the double role, she will use crooked teeth, braces, freckles, and different skin colours (as Kim A Joong did for the movie 200 Pound Beauty).
6. Paradise (낙원)
Kim Ha Neul
Ji Jin Hee
PD: Lee Jang Soo
Screenwriter: Okada Yoshikazu
A woman who just got out of the prison get on a ship in search of an island called Paradise. She meets a man on the ship and with his help, she gets a job at a school cafeteria on the island.
Huh E Jae – Cha Eun Young
PD: Hwang In Roe (pronounced Rwae)
Screenwriter: Inoue Yumiko
The story features a cat-and-mouse game between a police detective and three 19-year-old delinquents.
Cha Eun Young is a teenager who drops out of high school to earn money for her mother’s hospital bills. She becomes an apprentice at a hair salon and struggles to make ends meet.
- Huh E Jae (commonly spelled Heo Yi Jae) has replaced fellow YG artist Sandara Park, who is busy with 2ne1′s debut, in the lead female role
8. Title Unconfirmed
PD: Pyo Min Soo
Screenwriter: Nojima Shinji
Kim Hyung Joon – heir of an entertainment company
Son Ho Young
Bae Seul Ki
- filming was completed secretly in April; in fact, news of casting was only publicized this week