Thursday, February 10, 2011

“Late Autumn” Needs Few Words to Express Love

Late Autumn starring Hyun Bin is a film of romance, painful hearts, and communicating with more than just words. The movie stars Hyun Bin and Chinese actress Tang Wei. Which was recently invited to attend the Berlin Film Festival. The film is a remake of Lee Manhee’s 1966 film, which tells of a Chinese-American woman named Anna (Tang Wei) who is released from prision. She is given three days of freedom to attend her mothers funeral in Seattle.

While Anna is riding a bus to Seattle, she crosses paths with a Korean born male gigolo. Hoon (Hyun Bin) spends the next three days with her. The two don’t use their words very often, but they do begin to develop feelings for each other. Anna even retells the events of why she murdered her husband. However, she speaks in Chinese and Hoon doesn’t understand her, only able to reply with ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in Chinese, which are the only two words he knows.
“Every moment of playing Anna was extremely difficult,” Tang Wei shared as she expressed how difficult her role of Anna was. Though her performance was more than impressive as she captivated the very essence of how tormented the character really is. “It was difficult to think about Anna’s life and emotions. Yet as she met Hoon, it felt like getting some sunshine.”

Hyun Bin’s performance was also a very impressive and captivating. He went on to share, “This is a love story of two people of different cultural and linguistic background. I hope the viewers can see how our characters overcome that barrier and fill in with something else.”
When asked about whether he related more to his previous role of Kim Joowon in Secret Garden or Hoon in Late Autumn, Hyun Bin stated he related more closely to Hoon. In fact, he has a great attachment to this particular character because of what it entitled.
“Joo-won in “Secret Garden” is very straightforward and is never afraid to express his feelings. I am not always like that. Like Hoon, I tend to keep my real feelings in and tend to express them indirectly. Though he is bright on the outside, I think Hoon has a lot of sadness and hurtful memories inside. While he pleases other people, he gets hurt and finds joy at the same time. “I don’t think one must believe that love exists, but there are moments when people open up to the other. This movie is all about that.”
Late Autumn will be opening in theaters this February 17th in South Korea.

Source: The Korea Herald
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