Monday, April 30, 2007

Seol Gyeong Gu-Kim Tae Hee, start work officially on 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)'

Journalist Yun Yeo Su | 04/23 10:10

Actor Seol Gyeong Gu and actress Kim Tae Hee will officially start work on 'Ssawoom' and connect as a married couple.

On the coming 26th April, the two will start preparations for the filming of the movie 'Ssawoom' (director Han Ji Seung, production Cinema Service) ahead of it's crank in.

The first shovel of filming will move on this day. The couple will heat up the house as they unfold in fierce fights through trifling quarrels leading to conflicts and action but finally it is a "story that draws love through hatred" with director Han Ji Seung already prescribing 'Ssawoom' as a 'hard-boiled' romantic comedy.

The two will actually put the differences of their ages aside and will be of the same age belt in such a setting as they play the roles of the married couple in the movie. The movie 'Ssawoom' will keep away from being violent and interest is drawn.

Especially for this, Kim Tae Hee will show a daily, natural appearance. Kim Tae Hee is scheduled to start the actual filming at the beginning of the coming May.

As it was clearly necessary to break an existing image of the place without a lot of time to prepare beforehand, judging that the time was enough for the idea of a late casting of the female lead, Seol Gyeong Gu, who takes on the role of Kim Tae Hee's partner, obtained the consent of the production use side and had gone out faithfully with a little more preparations.

Moreover, her partner Seol Gyeong Gu has the power to show a myriad of colors meanwhile not shown which is still expected a little more strongly by the audience.

The movie 'Ssawoom' is scheduled to open in the coming autumn season.

[Copyrightⓒ 'Real-time performance news flash, Everything of star' Star news]

article source (in korean): here.
translation credit Home of the Angel @

please advise accordingly for mistakes in the English translation.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Possibly another Korean movie in 2007 to pair up a young leading lady with a much older leading man

and the age gap could be even bigger than the one between the pairing in Ssawoom!

In 2006 alone, there were a couple of Korean dramas I came across and some I really loved which paired up a much older man with a young lady. Two of the couples had a 12-year age gap in real life just like the main actors of Ssawoom. The thing is, even then, although initially alot of us wondered how it would all work out, effortlessly they did. We watched them, skeptical of the pairings at first but still we fell for the couples. The age gap wasn't a problem & didn't bother us at all. The 2006 dramas I was referring to are:

1) Alone in Love (SBS)
Gam Woo Seong (1970) & Son Ye Jin (1982) ~ 12 years

2) Jumong (MBC)
Song Il Kuk (1971) & Han Hye Jin (1981) ~ 10 years

3) Mr. Good-Bye (KBS2)
Ahn Jae Wook (1971) & Lee Bo Yeong (1981) ~ 10 years

and last but not the least, my favorite of them all

4) Bad Family (SBS)
Kim Myeong Min (1972) & Nam Sang Mi (1984) ~ 12 years

then we heard the news of Ssawoom bringing together

Seol Gyeong Gu (1968)

and Kim Tae Hee (1980)

in addition, now on April 23 2007 comes out news that the outstanding actor Song Kang Ho (1967) has been casted in director Park Chan Wook's next work 'Bat' and that SKH will be paired up with Kim Ah Jung (1982) if she decides to take up the role. that would make it a 15 year age gap between the couple! there are already views that SKH & KAJ will make a gorgeous pairing not inferior to that of Ssawoom's Seol Gyeong Gu & Kim Tae Hee.

Song Kang Ho

Kim Ah Jung

info extracted frm: here (in korean)
pics credit as labelled + google + hancinema
translation credit

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lead Actors of Ssawoom make Top 10 Popularity lists in first half of 2007

Congratulations to the lead actors of Ssawoom for making the Top 10 list of Most Popular Male and Female Actors respectively in the first half of 2007.

Jang Dong Geon and Kim Hye Su topped both lists in an investigation executed by Leespiar marketing research firm on 1317 people nationwide in five large cities from 25~31 March.

Seol Gyeong Gu came up at #9 for the Most Popular Actors list while Kim Tae Hee is at #2 in the Most Popular Actresses list.

source (in korean): here.
for a fuller translation of the article, you can read it here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Complete Filmography - Seol Gyeong Gu

I am looking for a Kim Tae Hee fan who is very familiar with all or if not most of her works and is able to do a write-up for her just like the excellent piece written for Seol Gyeong Gu below by, please get in touch with me by commenting on this post below if you think you want to have a go at it, thanks.

Quarrel (2007)
Voice of a Murderer (2007)
Cruel Winter Blues (2006)
Lost in Love (2006)
Another Public Enemy (2005)
Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (2004)
Silmido (2003)
Jail Breakers (2002)
Oasis (2002)
Public Enemy (2002)
I Wish I Had a Wife (2001)
Gingko Bed 2: Legend Of Gingko (2000)
Peppermint Candy (2000)
Rainbow Trout (1999)
The Bird Who Stops in the Air (1999)
Phantom: The Submarine (1999)
Girls' Night Out (1998)
Love Story (1996)
A Petal (1996)

and a write-up from

Sol Kyung-gu (b. May 1, 1968) studied at Hanyang University Department of Film and Theater, and upon graduation appeared in numerous theatrical productions. In the mid-1990s he began taking on minor roles in feature films, but it was not until 1999 that he made his breakthrough with major roles in The Bird That Stops in the Air, Rainbow Trout, and above all else, Peppermint Candy. The critical acclaim and larger-than-expected popular appeal of this film instantly transformed Sol into one of the most respected young actors in Korea.

After the rather heavy-themed work of his early career, Sol then appeared in a mix of genre movies and more serious work. He starring in the romantic comedy I Wish I Had a Wife with Jeon Do-yeon in 2001, and then acted in a Japanese TV drama produced by NHK.

The year 2002 was huge for Sol, starring in three major films which effectively made him into one of the most popular actors in Korea. As a violent police detective in Public Enemy he won both local acting awards and many new fans as the film drew close to 3 million viewers. In August, he starred in Lee Chang-dong's highly acclaimed third film Oasis, which won the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, and which won him yet more acting awards in Korea. Finally in November, he acted together with Cha Seung-won in the smash hit Jail Breakers by popular director Kim Sang-jin.

Sol continued his hot streak in 2003 when he starred in Silmido directed by Cinema Service founder Kang Woo-suk, which became the first Korean film in history to gross 10 million admissions. His next role was as the title character in Rikidozan, about the legendary ethnic Korean pro wrestler who became a national hero in Japan in the 1950s. Sol gained 20kg for the role and also delivered 95% of his lines in Japanese. Despite winning great praise for his performance, however, the film vastly underperformed on its local release.

In 2005, Sol starred in the sequel to Public Enemy (Another Public Enemy), which ended up outgrossing the original, and also signed on to star in a melodramatic love story together with Song Yoon-ah (Lost in Love).

(note: after tht he went on to do Cruel Winter Blues in 2006 which didn't do tht well but received good reviews on the acting etc, and most recently, he appeared in the hit February 2007 movie Voice of Murderer based on a true unsolved kidnapping case)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Noh Young Shim, to participate as music director of husband Han Ji Seung's directorial work 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)'

In Korea, Noh Young Shim is also = Roh Young Sim
Her official website: Pianogirl

You are listening to [Noh Young Shim's 'No matter how I think, how much am I to you' sung by Sweet Sorrow - Track 04 on the Alone In Love OST]

(credit kai kim @ imeem)

Journalist Yun Yeo Su | 04/12 11:56

Pianist, composer and singer Noh Young Shim will participate as the musical director of a movie directed by her husband Han Ji Seung.

Noh Young Shim takes over as music director of director Han's next production work, the movie 'Ssawoom' (production Cinema Service) starring Seol Gyeong Gu and Kim Tae Hee, and has begun the film's music work.

This is the first time Noh Young Shim, who married director Han Ji Seung in 2001, is participating in her husband's movie production as the musical director.

ⓒFeatured actors Seol Gyeong Gu and Kim Tae Hee of Movie 'Ssawoom'

She undertook the music in the 2003 movie 'Too Beautiful To Lie' produced by director Han Ji Seung and also participated in the OST work of the SBS drama 'Alone In Love' which was director Han's production work of topic last year, but 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)' will be her first time working as a music director on her husband's movie production.

In a separate telephone call with Star News recently, director Han Ji Seung laughed saying, "The dialogue is being separated from a movie more of the time in some works it is about the music and it is expected that the result here will also be good."

The movie 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)' is an expected work starring Seol Gyeong Gu and Kim Tae Hee. It is a story about a couple who has entered the stage of weariness in their marriage and gradually they fight roughly and fiercely. Director Han made clear his flight of production, "To show love through dislike. I'd play various variations of the prescribed 'hard-boiled' romantic comedy genre."

[Copyrightⓒ 'Real-time performance news flash, Everything of star' Star news]

article source here.
translation credit HOME of the Angel /

(pls take note that translations are never 100% accurate. pls assist in correcting the translations if you find any mistakes or are able to help with translations, thank you.)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Kim Tae Hee, to appear in 'Ssawoom (Quarrel)' as Seol Gyung Gu's wife

Kim Tae Hee who debuted on screen through 'Joongchun (Middle Heaven)' has finalized her appearance in the movie 'Ssawoom.'

Kim Tae Hee's agency Namoo Actors commented on the 9th, "The character was so lively and realistic that we decided to take the role as soon as we received the scenario."

This will be the first time Kim Tae Hee will be acting a married character. Her role is a glass artist who is the wife of a university professor played by Seol Gyung Gu. Also notable is her age difference with the 39 year old actor.

Kim Jong Do, CEO of Namoo Actors, says, "The role being of a married character was not a burden. I believed it to be a good opportunity for Kim Tae Hee to grow as an actress and didn't take long to come to a decision."

He also said, "'Joongchun' was also a piece where she learned a lot from, but the lackluster results actually brought out some regret of the fans. I hope her will to establish herself as an actress rather than a star is delivered."

The movie is by Director Han Ji Seung who also gathered praise for the drama series 'Alone in Love' in drawing the emotions of a divorced couple.

The movie will be about a couple reaching a period of lassitude that is not able to control their emotions and start hurting each other through quarreling, and start realizing the true meaning of love. A couple who does not choose to part displays the disappointment and hatred towards the other through the most simple way of communication, quarreling.

The movie is set to crank in at the end of this month, or the beginning of next.

frm: here

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

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