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Farmer Looks for Love in Upcoming 'Wedding Campaign'

2005/08/21 | 128 views |  | Permalink | Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

The upcoming film "Wedding Campaign (Naui Kyolhon Wonjonggi)" sheds light on the difficulty for male farmers to find their soul mates for marriage. But the film's actors say that despite the seriousness of the issue, it will be made into a heart-warming and comical movie.

"We understand the seriousness of the issue of farmers who go to Uzbekistan to find their spouses", said Jeong Jae-yeong, star of "Wedding Campaign", during a news conference Friday at the Seoul Studio Complex in Namyangju, Kyonggi Province. "Because it isn't a documentary but a feature film, this movie will tell the story in an enjoyable way and the characters will surely deliver a message about the issue".

In the film, Jeong plays a shy 38-year-old farmer who has never been with a woman. He also stars as a North Korean solider in the blockbuster "Welcome to Dongmakgol", which is now showing at local theaters.

Directed by Hwang Byeong-gook and also starring Soo-ae and Yoo Jeon-sang, the movie revolves around two lonely farmers, Man-taek and Hee-chul (played by Yoo), in their late 30s who want to get married but can't find a woman who is willing to live with them in the countryside.

Vexed by the idea that no woman in Korea will marry them, they opt for an international marriage and begin looking for women in other countries.

When they finally go to Uzbekistan on blind dates organized by a matchmaking agency, the first and foremost mission during their 10-day, 8-night stay is that they have to find a woman to marry.

The scene shot on Friday at the indoor studio showed the two struggling to make themselves more attractive while preparing for their first blind date in their hotel room in Uzbekistan, when they are interrupted by a surprise visit by Lala (played by Soo-ae), a Korean-Uzbek translator and matchmaker.

Just as Jeong and Yoo had difficulty imitating strong Kyongsang Province dialects for their roles, actress Su-ae also had a hard time learning Uzbek.

"While we were shooting in Uzbekistan, we met a lot of good people, but it was really hard to learn their language", Su said.

Most of the film was shot in Uzbekistan and the rest of it will be completed this month for official release in November.

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