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"71-Into the Fire" director, Kwon Sang-woo attend Stanford seminar

2010/05/28 | Permalink | Source

Korean actor kwon Sang-woo (left) and director John H. Lee of film "71-Into the Fire" speak a press conference after attending a seminar for the 60th anniversary of Korean War held at Stanford University, Stanford, California on May 27, 2010. [Hwang Yong-hee/Asia Economic Daily]

Korean actor kwon Sang-woo and director John H. Lee attended a special seminar for their upcoming war film "71-Into the Fire" at the prestigious Stanford University Asia-Pacific Research Center on May 27 (U.S. time).

The two were among the seven speakers invited to speak at the seminar, held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and organized by the Korean Studies Program at the university.

The event featured a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion.

"It is significant that a research center that has expertise in Asian issues would hold a seminar about the Korean War", said Lee at the event.

Lee further explained that the Asia-Pacific Research Center had supported the film since its planning stages and he had promised to attend the seminar even before he started shooting the pic.

The director appeared satisfied with the partnership, saying "it will probably help the film enormously when it is shown in the U.S".

It is the second time that the Stanford Asia-Pacific Research Center had supported an Asian film -- in 2006, it had backed Clint Eastwood's film "Letters from Iwo Jima" about the battle between the U.S. and Japan during World War II.

Lee, who studied filmmaking at New York University, directed his first feature film "A Moment to Remember" (2004) which starred top Korean actors Jung Woo-sung and Son Ye-jin.

He is reportedly planning to make his debut in the U.S. through directing the Hollywood remake of John Woo pic "The Killer".

"71-Into the Fire", based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought during the Korean War, stars actors Cha Seung-won, kwon Sang-woo, Kim Seung-woo and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of idol group Big Bang.

The film opens in Korea on June 16.

kwon Sang-woo [Hwang Yong-hee/Asia Economic Daily]

Actor kwon Sang-woo of film "71-Into the Fire" speaks at a press conference after attending a seminar for the 60th anniversary of Korean War held at Stanford University, California on May 27, 2010 (U.S. time).

kwon Sang-woo [Hwang Yong-hee/Asia Economic Daily]

kwon Sang-woo [Hwang Yong-hee/Asia Economic Daily]

Actor kwon Sang-woo attends a press conference after attending a seminar for the 60th anniversary of Korean War held at Stanford University, California on May 27, 2010 (U.S. time).

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