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[Eng Sub/Trans] Yoo Yeon Seok’s ‘Haeeohhwa’ Movie Trailer, Synopsis and Posters 

Yeonizens, get ready!!

Yoo Yeon Seok will make his return to big screen for the second time in 2016 with ‘HAEEOHHWA’. In this movie, Yoo Yeon Seok reunites with his ‘Beauty Inside’ co-stars Han Hyo Joo and Chun Woo Hee

Yoo Yeon Seok plays Kim Yoon Woo who is said to be the reigning top composer at his time. The movie tells the hidden story of the last gisaeng and it was set in the 1930s and 40s.

Various promotional materials of the movie have been released recently and YeoNiverse presents the translated materials for your reading and viewing pleasure ♡

[Eng translation] HAEEOHHWA Synopsis :

“1943, a period of misery – during the time of the Japanese occupation of Korea

A song that I wanted to sing like crazy, a song that had to be mine

In Old Seoul’s last but best school for Gisaengs ‘Daesung Gwonbeon’

So Yul (Han Hyo Joo), the best general performer artist who had an exceptional beauty with an excellent singing skill, and Yeon Hee (Chun Woo Hee) whose voice pulled at the heartstrings –  were the best of friends who were favoured by their teacher San Wol (Jang Young Nam), and became their classmates’ subject of envy.

So Yul’s love interest, Yoon Woo (Yoo Yeon Seok) who was the best composer of the time wanted to compose a song to touch the people’s hearts, titled ‘The Heart of Joseon’.

So Yul who wanted to sing Yoon Woo’s songs, dreamed of being a singer and not a general performance artist. But Yoon Woo happened to hear Yeon Hee’s voice by chance, and he began to fall in love with it.

Both So Yul and Yeon Hee vied to sing ‘The Heart of Joseon’ and made choices which would conflict with each other…

The hidden story of the last gisaeng, Haeeohhwa”

Haeeohhwa Character Posters :

Yoo Yeon Seok’s character poster says, “Now I need your voice in my song” – Kim Yoon Woo.

[poster] Kim Yoon Woo

Han Hyo Joo’s poster says “Please make a song that is only for me” – Jeong So Yul

[poster] Jeong So Yul

And Chun Woo Hee’s poster says “I, really want to sing” – Seo Yeon Hee

[poster] Seo Yeon Hee

Subbed Haeeohhwa Trailer

Watch the three stars in the movie’s first trailer that depicts their journey in a flashback story-telling. The English subtitled trailer below is presented by YeoNiverse.

‘Haeeohhwa’ is slated for big screen premiere on 13 April 2016

(Special thanks and jjeops to YeoNiverse girls Rynn_peace, Kaylanurul and Lunagal for the translations and help with making the post ♡)

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[20150429] Yoo Yeon Seok’s Filmography Update

Okay, just how many movies Yoo Yeon Seok did in the past year?

We are about to lose track, to be honest. He literally spent most of his time last year filming movies after movies (plus lots of CFs). If Na PD did not kidnap and ship him off to Laos with Son Ho Jun and Baro, we were really in danger of not seeing him in the small screen all year long. Youth Over Flowers first aired in September and ran until October 2014.

The Informant and Royal Tailor were released in October and December 2014 respectively. Expectation was running high before turning tide with the push back of Perfect Proposal‘s release date to June 2015. Not to mention all the bits and pieces about his movie with Moon Chae Woon titled The Mood That Day to keep the fans on their toes. Then came Warm and Cozy which released all Yoo Yeon Seok’s fans from fear of their favorite actor never to make a return to the small screen.

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“When it rains, it pours”

Now we have an update on his even newer movie, Beauty Inside. Joining Han Hyo Joo and Park Seo Joon, Yoo Yeon Seok appeared in a promotional video of the movie.

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The video released on Naver (click HERE) allures prospective audience to enter a competition by shooting a video like main character, Woo Jin.  The contest opens today [2015-04-29] until 3 May 2015. The winner of the competition will have their name put on the credit title.

The movie Beauty Inside is based on the 2012 American social film with the same name sponsored by Intel and Toshiba that won the  commercial awards at the 2013 Clio Awards & Cannes Lions. The Korean adaptation stars Han Hyo Joo as Yi Soo on whom Woo Jin has a big crush. According to enewsworld, Woo Jin is a man who wakes up as a different person every morning, across all genders, ages and nationalities. Kinda scary, don’t you think? Well,  not necessarily when you have literally all the stars out there to play this unique character. The stars casted to play as Woo Jin include our Yoo Yeon Seok, Park Seo Joon, Lee Beom Soo, Lee Dong Wook, and Lee Jin Wook as well as Park Shin Hye and Japan’s Ueno Juri. Sounds like we got a star-studded movie here.

 photo Beauty_Inside.jpgpicture credit to asianwiki

Prior to the promotional video, there are photos leaked from the shooting locations. Yoo Yeon Seok himself posted a couple of photos [P1, P2, P3] in Praha when he apparently shot his scenes with Han Hyo Joo. Though he never really posted his picture with Han in Praha, no worries… we got it all covered.

 photo Beauty Inside Shooting1.jpg photo Beauty Inside Shooting2.jpg picture credit to Beauty Inside Facebook Page

Yoo Yeon Seok also took a behind-the-scene picture with child actor Park Min Su who has kindly shared it on his instagram.

 photo withchildactor.jpgpicture credit to Park Mi Su’s Instagram

The release dates for both Beauty Inside and The Mood That Day are still unknown.

What we know, Yoo Yeon Seok is still scheduled to shoot a new movie, currently titled “Hae Uh Hwa“, with Han Hyo Joo. This movie was supposed to start filming in April but KingKong Entertainment Ceo Lee Jin Sung has kindly confirmed that the shooting will only happen in early summer. So let’s be thankful, the free timeslot created by the pushback enabled Yoo Yeon Seok to accept Hong Sisters’ offer to play Baek Geun Woo in Warm and Cozy.

Guess it’s fate, people…

[20141126] Yoo Yeon Seok’s ‘The Tailors’ (funny) casting story revealed.

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On November 26, 2014 during the press conference for The Tailors, Director Lee Won Seok revealed casting stories about the lead actors and actress of the movie. After citing praises for actors Han Suk Kyu, Go Soo and Park Shin Hye that made him wanting to cast them, he then went on to say that as for Yoo Yeon Seok, “there wasn’t much to it” and later gave out a hilarious explanation on it.

(an excerpt from The Star Chosun’s news article)

However, the meeting with Yoo Yeon Seok was different. When asked about the stories regarding his casting, the director said “there wasn’t much to it”, to which Yoo Yeon Seok interjected with “At our first meeting, and even though I hadn’t decided on taking this production, he asked for and got 15 autographs from me”. To which the director responded, “I gave them to acquaintances”, and caused much explosive laughter.

The director explained “I wanted to cast someone who gave off a lonely image, to the role of the king. Yoo Yeon Seok gave off no appearance of loneliness, but one day while we were eating braised beef rib stew together, he appeared really lonely, and gave me 5 more autographs” and once again caused laughter in the venue.

Well, who would’ve thought Yoo Yeon Seok has what it takes to appear as lonely while eating braised beef rib stew (could it be that the stew sparked some painful memories to him?) and it would land him his first role as a king in his acting career?

And imagine how hilarious the image of him was, to be looking all lonely eating the stew and then to sign off the autographs for the cheeky Director Lee.

But then again, who am I kidding – this guy always ace the foreveralone look :

poor puppy Chilbong, the quintessential broody guy in Toy’s Three People MV, pathetic Han Soo, timid Hoya, …well okay fine – basically most of his characters that he has played so far, no?

You can watch the video of the cute and hilarious banter between both the Director Lee and Yoo Yeon Seok below:

‘The Tailors’ will be released on December 24, 2014.

Source : The Star Chosun ; OBS News

Translation by : Lunagal
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[MOVIE REVIEW] ‘Whistle Blower’

(WARNING! Potential spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk~)

Considering the controversial topic of stem cell research and cloning,  I was extremely interested and excited to see this movie when I heard of it. Of course it had the added bonus of having as one of its leads,  my favourite Korean actor Yoo Yeon Seok, and despite the fact that I was made aware of this movie due to the news of him being cast in it,  it only served as the launching pad for my growing interest in it.

Based on the real life events and subsequent scandal surrounding the once lauded Professor Hwang Woo Seok – a man once considered a national treasure and hero,  the man who could once do no wrong. In ‘Whistle Blower’, the Professor Hwang character is represented by a Professor Lee Jang Hwan. This change of name was necessary considering this issue is still ongoing and very topical.  The director who was bravely willing to take this stranger than fiction issue on,  was the director Im Soon Rye, and it stars the versatile and talented Park Hae Il; the respected and dependable veteran actor Lee Kyeong Young; the “veteran rookie actor” and Chungmuro’s bright new hope and blue chip star – Yoo Yeon Seok; and admirably backed up by a talented supporting cast,  including Yoo Yeon Seok’ regular acting partner – Ryu Hyun Kyung.

The movie starts out with Park Hae Il’s character, Yoon Min Chul – the PD of a current affairs TV program ‘PD Investigation’, listening to a source who had promised him a scoop. The source turns out to be an aggrieved husband,  who cannot understand why his previously robust and “strong enough to chew rocks” wife had suddenly died post-operatively. PD Yoon is quickly uninterested and as he goes to leave, explaining that the story that the husband had given to him isn’t consistent or reliable, the husband sparks Min Chul’s interest by blurting out that this operation had occurred for the explicit reason of his wife selling her ova for money. The experienced PD Yoon, sniffs a huge scoop and a story to be explored, and sets up surveillance in front of this so called hospital where that man’s recently deceased wife had gone. There he sees a van full of young women entering that building.  From his research, we find out that that clinic is closely linked with Professor Lee’s stem cell research,  and as such it would be tantamount to treason to even suggest unethical or shady dealings were going on. We hear Yoon PD trying to recall the name of a researcher that he knows of from Professor Lee’s lab.

A change of scene, where we see Professor Lee lecturing to an auditorium full of medical students/ health professionals. He radiates charisma and manages to be humble, funny, intelligent and has an aura about him where you would trust him with your life and the lives of your loved ones.  They all look on at him with almost a religious zeal. He is the second coming –  the messiah of stem cell research.  He has put South Korea on the international map in stem cell technology.

We switch scenes and we see a slumped figure of a man sitting in the dark. It is Shim Min Ho played by Yoo Yeon Seok. (Literally biting my lips trying not to squee out loud at this point)

His wife (played by Ryu Hyun Kyung) comes home and wonders why he’s been sitting in the dark. He responds it’s because he doesn’t want to wake their daughter up. We soon find out that their daughter is very sick indeed with an incurable disease, and has frequent bouts of intense pain. It is soon apparent that this is a man who is struggling emotionally, financially and ethically. His eyes speak volumes even without a word being said. We see that Shim Min Ho receives a call from Yoon PD, but as he is out, his wife takes the call and denies that this number belongs to Min Ho. This must be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, as this spurs him on to contact Yoon PD to blow the whistle on the situation.  This is where this all gets a bit cloak and dagger, and they use that well known Korean cliché of meeting at night on the banks of the Han River and the pivotal scene of ‘Whistle Blower’ takes place. Min Ho informs Min Chul that although he has no evidence, that there was never any cloned stem cells in existence. Prof Lee had never succeeded in cloning any of the 11 stem cells that he reported to have done. Min Ho as Prof Lee’s ex-research team leader is the perfect person to know these facts. Yoon PD is both excited, overwhelmed and filled with trepidation. He knows that this is huge and this news will cause seismic waves to reverberate across South Korea.

This sets off a chain of events as Yoon PD goes about gathering information and finding sources to get this story together, despite opposition from his colleagues, his bosses, the prime minister’s office and the South Korean public.  We see the toll that it takes on his personal life, as his family is virtually ignored as he concentrates on getting this story. The other man who puts everything on the line is Min Ho, as he has already quit his job, as his morals do not allow him to continue on with this lie, and something that has detrimentally affected his colleague. This is despite him having a sick daughter whose illness would rack up a lot of medical bill, and having a wife who is still working as part of Prof Lee’s team, and opposing his decisions.  But as he tells Min Chul, he entered the field of medicine to help people, and now he wants his daughter to be proud of her father. He wanted to be able to look his daughter in her eyes,  and know he had done the right thing. There are not many men in the world like that who have “abandoned everything” to tell the truth.

Despite initially thinking that Professor Lee is the villain, I came out thinking that he too was a victim of sorts.  He was a victim of his own success and ambition.  He got caught up in his own mythology and the public’s thirst for a win. He too began in this field to make a difference, to do good in the world.  He truly wanted to help those with incurable diseases.  It’s just that a lie spawned more lies,  and it became too late to undo them.

Overall this movie was paced perfectly. My dad who watched this with me, commented that the pacing was done so well that there was never a dull moment. He also commented that there was a sensitivity and attention to detail present in this movie, perhaps due to it having a female director. As for the acting – I can honestly say without bias, that all of the cast were phenomenal. Everyone immersed themselves completely into their characters, not just in the way they spoke, but in the way they emoted through their eyes and posture. High commendations to Yoo Yeon Seok, whose every emotion was conveyed through his eyes perfectly. I felt his emotional pain and ethical struggle with him through those eyes. They haunt me still… The desperation, determination, and drive was delivered flawlessly by Park Hae Il – can this man do no wrong?! And we can’t leave out the performance of Lee Kyeong Young, who encapsulated the dichotomy of a man was driven by his own ambition, and yet also driven initially by the desire to help those in need. A man who was trapped in the vortex of his own lies. Through his portrayal of the charismatic Professor, I could see why Prof Hwang has avid supporters to this very day. This film showcases how intensely patriotic South Koreans are – anyone who brings pride and glory to South Korea is lauded and considered a “National treasure”. The public are very one-eyed about these people, and it would take extreme courage, perseverance and emotional stability to dare to paint these “treasures” in a bad light. Basically gird your loins for the onslaught of vitriol and abuse to begin. Not only would you have to contend with being the most hated person in South Korea, but prepare yourself for the netizens who are a power unto themselves. It’s due to people like Yoon PD and his team,  and Shim Min Ho and his wife,  that truth still exists, and we are not suckered into a mythology which in the long run would cause harm and false hope. I give this movie 4.5/5 just coz I never give full marks lol, and there wasn’t enough Yoo Yeon Seok in it. To be honest,  considering the amount that he appeared in this movie,  I would not be billing him as a co-leading actor, but as acting in a special role. But that is my only gripe.

This movie does not fail to deliver in thrills or emotions, and every character is crafted and delivered so realistically. It is an enjoyable movie, and will hopefully leave you questioning what you would do if you were in the situations that each of the three main men found themselves in.

[20141006] Whistle Blower tops Korean movies Weekly Box Office Chart [Weekend of Oct 3 – Oct 5, 2014]

Based on the weekly box office report by Korean Film Council [Weekend of Oct 3 – Oct 5, 2014], Whistle Blower came up on top of the chart with ticket sales of ₩4.52 billion (total ₩5.46 billion) from 563,539 admissions (total 692,549 admissions). Following Whistle Blower closely on the second place is “Slow Video”, a movie which was released on 2nd Oct, 2014 – the same day as Whistle Blower’s release.

With Whistle Blower topping the chart last weekend, it became the local movie that has overthrown the foreign movie “The Maze Runner” from its two weeks reign on the Weekly Box Office chart. Based on the reviews available so far, the movie is mostly praised and said to be entertaining and easy to watch.

This news certainly is heartwarming – to see the first movie Yoo Yeon Seok acted in the year 2014 to do so well on the box office and the fact that he gets to present to the public a different side of his acting. We wish for more success for Whistle Blower and that more people will get to enjoy the movie and its message!

Source (on the figures and screencap): Koreanfilm.or.kr

[20140929] Yoo Yeon Suk, Lee Jin Wook, and Park Seo Joon in Talks to Star Alongside Han Hyo Joo in “Beauty Inside”

Actors Yoo Yeon Suk, Lee Jin Wook, and Park Seo Joon may be likely to accompany actress Han Hyo Joo in an upcoming movie.

On September 29, a representative of the production team for the movie “Beauty Inside” revealed to OSEN, “Yoo Yeon Seok, Lee Jin Wook, and Park Seo Joon are positively reviewing the offer and are in discussion for casting.”

The rep also explained, “The three people will be portraying one character in different ways. However, the specific details of the role are in the stages of adjustment.”

“Beauty Inside” is a movie that tells the love story of a man who changes into a different person every time he wakes up. It has also been said that Han Hyo Joo will be taking on the lead female character who falls in love with this man who constantly changes into another person.

Meanwhile, the cast and crew of “Beauty Inside” will jump into filming later this year.

Lifted from soompi

Not a bad line up although Han Hyo Joo is not very popular in Korea right now. As for Yeon Seok, we know the role is pretty much appealing and challenging but he needs to go back to the small screen. If he takes this up, it’s the fifth movie in 2014!