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Hwang Jin Yi to Film in North Korea

2007/01/24 Source

The South Korean period drama "Hwang Jin Yi" is allowed to film in North Korea. Song Hye-kyo plays the titular character, the most renowned courtesan from Korea's Chosun Dynasty who lived in an area presently part of North Korea. The adaptation from the similar titled novel by the North Korean writer Hong Seok-jung is directed by Jang Yoon-hyeon, who sucessfully debuted with "The Contact" (1997).

Filming will take place in the Diamond Mountains for the duration of a week and will commence on January 28. Filming has been mostly completed and the remaining scenes are the ones scheduled for North Korea. The production companies CINE2000 and SIZ entertainment were not granted permission to shoot at Kaesong and Daedong River, the original locations of the novel and where HWANG Jin Yi used to live for most of her live.

HWANG was renowned for her beauty and her poetry was influential in Korean literature. The story chronicles her love affair with the servant Nom-yi who is played by Yoo Ji-tae. YOO is internationally best known for his role in Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy" as the imprisoner of Choi Min-sik's character. SONG rose to fame with her popular television dramas and debuted on the silver screen in 2005 with the romantic film "My Girl and I". JANG directed the thrillers "Tell Me Something" (1999) and "Some" (2004).

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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