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[News] The Royal Tailor To Screen At 2015 Busan International Film Festival

Yoo Yeon Seok’s movie “The Royal Tailor” will be shown in the Korean Cinema Today – Panorama program at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. Running from 1 to 10 October 2015, this year’s BIFF will screen 304 films from 75 different countries. The screening schedule of the movie is yet to be determined. There is also no confirmation / news related to Yoo Yeon Seok’s attendance in the film festival.

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Aside from the upcoming screening at the 2015 BIFF, The Royal Tailor is currently gearing up for the opening at Japanese cinemas on 7 November 2015. It is recently announced that the viewers in Japan may purchase tickets in advance starting 15 August. The advance ticket will come with a A4 clear file upon purchase at ticketing booth in nine designated theaters. Viewers who buy advance ticket can enjoy discounted ticket at 1,500 Yen, 300 Yen less from the original price of 1,800 Yen. On top of that, the movie flyers will be made availabe in Japanese.

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Viewers in Japan who can’t wait until November to see Yoo Yeon Seok in action can head to Human Cinema Trust to watch “The Whistle Blower”. The movie will be screened from 3 to 10 October 2015 as part of 2015 World Extreme Cinema which will show 4 selected thirller-action movies from different countries. Admission to the movie will cost 1,300 Yen. Nevertheless, moviegoers can get a 1,100 yen ticket for upon repeated admissions. Sweet!

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As a bonus to all the sweetness, the english poster of Whistle Blower is now made for public thanks to 2015 WEC committee.

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Sources: BIFF Official Website, Human Trust Cinema Shibuya, Saniwon Official Facebook, The KlockWorx

[20150808] On The Set : “Whistle Blower” Heads to Japan for Limited Screening and Some Insight Stories

After ‘The Royal Tailor’ reportedly secured a release date in Japan, now it is Yoo Yeon Seok’s other movie ‘Whistle Blower’ that will be making its way to the Japanese audience. The movie will be one of the four movies to be screened as part of World Extreme Cinema 2015 at Human Trust Cinema in Shibuya, Tokyo. The movie will get one week limited screening from 3 to 9 October 2015.

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Still on Whistle Blower, YeoNiverse was contacted directly by Lady Miz Diva from TheDivaReview who shared with us her exclusive interviews with the directors of Yoo Yeon Seok movies, Whistle Blower and The Royal Tailor. Director Im Soo Rye and Director Lee Won Suk sit for interviews during New York Asian Film Festival 2015 to talk about all sort of things related to their movies and of course, our Yoo Yeon Seok is a must topic of discussion. We posted below part of TheDivaReview’s interviews that mention Yoo Yeon Seok.

Exclusive Interview with Im Soo Rye, The Director of Whistle Blower

LMD:   Your cast is excellent, but in particular I’m intrigued why you thought Yoo Yeon-seok would make a good Whistleblower character?  He’s usually either a lovable loser, or a very not-lovable loser.  He’s never played a father before, and here he’s a dad who adores his child and is worried about all children.

YS-r:  You’re very well-informed about Korean actors. {Laughs}  Actually, that part was the hardest to cast.  For the two main characters, we have very established and very well-known actors, who are Park Hae-il and Lee Geung-young.  So this {Whistleblower} character has smaller screen time and it’s not the main character, but still, we needed an actor who could portray subtle, internal pain and anguish.  So we were trying to cast from a pool of actors who were still a bit established and not people who were completely unknown.

To narrow down that pool and to find someone who was willing to act for that sort of screen time was sort of a challenge for us, but luckily, when we met Yeon-seok, he agreed to do it, because despite the small screen time, he looks up to Park Hae-il as a role model as an actor, and he just really, really wanted to have the chance to work alongside Park Hae-il. He agreed to do the role.

Exclusive Interview with Lee Won Suk, The Director of The Royal Tailor

LMD:  That leads me to ask about your king, Mr. Yoo Yeon-seok.

LW-s:  He’s a really nice guy, seriously he’s so sweet and he’s so funny, too.  On the set, everybody was so serious about shooting, and me and him {would be laughing} and my AD was telling me, “Please keep it down, they’re trying to act.”  He and I were making fun of each other.

LMD: That’s just it, he seems like a really sweet, nice person and he often plays very sweet, nice people, otherwise, he plays kind of one-dimensional, very mean people. The king has to go through the whole arc of being this pure-hearted guy who really loves Park Shin-hye’s character, who, as he grows more powerful, becomes twisted into someone ugly and hateful. What made you think that this nice guy could be effective?

LW-s: See, every person has complexes, from small things. When I read the script, the thing that I really liked was when he was young, his brother got everything: That scene with the beef? It was really a small scale {petty} guy who kept a grudge his whole life over beef. Who does that? But people do that – I do that!

All these people in this film have all these complexes inside, they carry it all the way through. And no one gets happy in this movie, it’s very conservative. The reason that I loved the script was everybody’s become so conservative. The way I felt was, I thought I was very crazy and wild, and then I got married and had my kid and I became really conservative, without knowing sometimes. Sometimes I’m like, “Really? Seriously? I said that? Oh my God, I acted like that?” My mind has become very conservative, trying to protect what I have. In this movie, everybody wants to protect what they have; the tailor wanted to keep his job, the king wants to keep his throne, the queen wants to be loved by the king. The only person that gets everything and is happy is Ko Soo’s character. He got what he wanted and he went to La La land.

TheDivaReview also shared with us just how kind Yoo Yeon Seok is. He personally authographed a photo for her and ensured that its rightful owner knows it. Aww…. that’s so kind of him.. It certainly made us proud to be part of his universe.

All in all, we are equally glad that Yoo Yeon Seok’s movies, both Royal Tailor and Whistle Blower got their chances to be screened for audiences in Japan. This exposure could boost his popularity in Japan, especially with him having an official Japanese fanclub. 

For more information on the movie’s screening in Japan, you can visit the website of WEC or Human Trust Cinema Shibuya. And if you wish to get to know more about TheDivaReview, you can visit the website and facebook page.

[20150703] (News article + Netizen comments) Actor Yoo Yeon Seok’s variation of roles are received favorably


Regardless of what genre and what character he will portray, Yoo Yeon Seok’s moves are grabbing attention.

Yoo Yeon Seok has given an enthusiastic performance as the innocent and lovely Baek Geon Woo in the recent MBC Wed-Thu drama “Warm and Cozy”. His acting spectrum has expanded once again.

The public started to recognise him as “Chilbongie” in “Reply 1994” (2013). Yoo Yeon Seok potrayed a Seoul-born baseball player who is perfect in all specs such as appearance, household, personality, sense and loves the woman earnestly. Because of this role, he took the position as women’s ideal.

Yoo Yeon Seok who comes out like a comet and sways women’s hearts actually has a heavy filmography. After 10 years of becoming an actor, he received spotlight once again. He has challenged various characters. It provokes the public’s curiousity on which character that has same personality as him. He has a gentle face, but he could portray his character as a Gangnam oppa in the film “Architecture 101” and an evil character Jitae in the movie “A Werewolf Boy” perfectly. Because of that, he received favorable criticism.

His works in historical genre definitely looks impressive too. He acted as a cool headed scholar who has a strong sense of honor in drama “Gu Family Book” and he brought forth the King “wangme patale” (king + femme fatale) charms in the movie “Royal Tailor”.

Not only that, he also appeared as a researcher in movie “Whistle Blower” and as a wealthy guy who has deadly charms in the recently released film “Perfect Proposal”. He displays variable transformations with new characters in various genres.

He then gives the light into unprecedented romantic comedy male lead character in the recent drama, “Warm and Cozy”. Yoo Yeon Seok started his debut as an actor by appearing as younger version of Yoo Ji Tae in movie “Old Boy”. He strengthens his solid acting ability and steadily develops as an actor.

Yoo Yeon Seok’s variation of characters is dynamic. Whatever the character is, he digested it naturally with his own color and his acting spectrum keeps on going broader. He has fulfilled his projects in thriller, melo, historical, and also romantic comedy genre, on small and big screens. He attempts new variations in every project and every character so we are excited which steps in the future he will take.

Meanwhile, after finishing MBC Wed-Thu drama “Warm and Cozy”, he is scheduled to join movie “Hae-eo-hwa”.

Netizen comments to the article :

1. [+1,906 , -74] Yoo Yeon Seok is so charming. He acts well too. It’s good!

2. [+1,546 , -66] Please act in a romantic comedy once again~ You match romantic comedy more than historical dramas!! (it doesn’t mean he is not suitable for historical dramas X)

3. [1,471 , -56] Yoo Yeon Seok is cute, I know he is mild mannered, his gentleness is sexy!! ㅋㅋㅋ

4. [1,391 , -52] I enjoyed watching Warm and Cozy!!

5. [1,224 , -53] He is charming. I watched Warm and Cozy, he really gives a good feeling ㅠ_ㅠ

Original article : enews24 via Naver

Translation by : Rynn_peace
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[20141016] Yoo Yeon Seok, “I Felt My Limit As An Actor Because Of My Appearance”

He responded his appearance to a question asking “What is your weakness?” and soon after he added “If I look more individualized, I could have gotten famous.” From what he said, his past unknown 10 years could be judged.

There was a point for him that he raised his voice. It was high enough to blow off his exhaustion for the last 3 days of the interview.

“It would be good if my movie has a good box-office record. But, I don’t make a decision on my work only with its commercial success.”

During the interview, he delivered his thoughts and opinions in a gentle and appropriate way. His behavior caused the question “You don’t look too greedy”.

He tried to say his choice on the work would be the same no matter what as he kept saying “rather than its result” and “despite of its success”. He was just as composed before the premiere of ‘Whistle Blower’.

At An Injustice Situation, What Would Yoo Yeon Seok Do?

The movie ‘Whistle Blower’ was sensitive and responsible. It is a story about the truths of an ongoing investigation. Even the director said he hesitated in making the film.

In the movie, Yoo Yeon Seok played a stem cell researcher, Shim Min Ho. He became one of the title roles with Park Hae Il, who is a role model for Yoo Yeon Seok.

Most people would still remember the scene where he said “I came all the way here as I left everything” with a quivering voice. The quote reflected his inner conflict and personality. What would Yoo Yeon Seok do in the situation, not as Shim Min Ho?

It was our misunderstanding that it would be awkward if he took a father role. Although he had no experience of being a father, his acting was perfect, and this became an opportunity to prove that he has many faces.

“I worried a lot in the beginning. I told this to the director and he told me that the worries of ‘Whistle Blowers’ would support his acting. As I tried hard, the father role had melted in me naturally.”

“I Don’t Regret My Past 10 Years”

Many people put his photo as wallpapers on their phones these days. In 1990s, notebook pad was the index of popularity and in 2000s, cellphone background is the one.

According to people’s life pattern with their cellphones, Yoo Yeon Seok stays in most people’s lives for 24 hours. He thinks public interest in him came from his character ChilBong in ‘Reply 1994’.

Since he became popular, there should be some changes after he showed up as ChilBong in ‘Reply 1994’.

“I should be changed and will be. But, most of all I think people’s attention and expectations have changed. I just finished one drama and there are a lot of suggestions of other works and advertisements. But, I will just live as I have been.”

As we looked at his attitude, we thought of other people’s words of him saying that he is an upright person. As others said, he was. It was the 10th anniversary of his debut last year is not in his twenties anymore.

“I became so sure that the past 10 years were not wrong as I aged. I can surely tell I’ve lived well for the past 10 years without regret. If I live as I’ve lived so far, I will not regret my thirties when I go into my forties.” (photo by bntnews DB)

[Article by Park Yoon Jin, translated by Woorim Ahn, photo by Jang Moon Sun]
Lifted from bntnews.co.uk

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Yoo Yeon Seok’s Updates on YOF and Whistle Blower

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[Update on 25 Aug 2014] “Whistle Blower” premieres on October 2!!!

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[Update on 08 Sept 2014]

[Update on 12 Sept 2014] Finally tonight at 9:50 on tvN, the Youth Over Flowers- Laos episodes air~!!! Please all join the true youths on our travels~~!!! Please watch live~~!!!

[Update on 19 Sept 2014] Please anticipate the 2nd installment of the travels of the Flower beggars in Laos~~!!! Ho Jun-ah, Baro-yah I wub you~♡♡

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[Update on 26 Sept 2014] Now it’s really autumn…

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제보자 in 부산!!!❤️❤️❤️

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[Update on 04 Oct 2014] Whistle Blower in Busan!!! ❤❤❤

[Update on 11 Oct 2014] Whistle Blower has reached 1 million views!!! It ain’t over until it’s over!!!

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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.

Yoo Yeon Seok’s Fashion Styles in BIFF 2014

Being in Busan for “Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)” this year must have felt amazing for our beloved actor, Yoo Yeon Seok. His most recent film <Whistle Blower> is one of the openers in the 2014 BIFF and was reported to top the weekly box office chart for the first week of October 2014. He was spotted in various promotional events as part of BIFF aside from attending multiple screen greetings. Check out the published images from various portals we compiled here to see his fashion styles in Busan.

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(left) Yoo Yeon Seok sporting Burberry coat at Incheon Airport leaving for Busan
(right) Yoo Yeon Seok during the BIFF Red Carpet

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(left) Yoo Yeon Seok greets fans on BIFF Outdoor Greeting Event
(right) Yoo Yeon Seok took part in the BIFF Instyle Red Carpet

While he looks all suave in suits in various BIFF events, he opted for less formal look during the Whistle Blower screen greeting at CVG in Busan. Thanks to Whistle Blower FB page for sharing the picture below

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Which look is your fave?

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[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

[20140926] Yoo Yeon Seok and Park Hae Il of upcoming movie ‘Whistle Blower’ are stoic and mysterious for ‘Vogue Korea’

Actors Yoo Yun Suk and Park Hae Il of the upcoming movie ‘Whistle Blower’ are amping up excitement for its premiere as they participate in a pictorial for ‘Vogue Korea’!

Since their movie revolves around a scandal involving stem cells, the photoshoot background was made to give off the look of a science lab. With their stoic expressions, the actors added a mysterious vibe to the pictorial to accurately reflect the mood of the upcoming film.

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