By Lee Hyo-won
, the director known for films about fading romance, brings something brighter in "Season of Good Rain
", coming to theaters in October.
"It's the brightest, most cheerful and happy movie among all the movies I've made so far", said Heo during a promotional event for the film Tuesday in Seoul.
The director is known for bringing together top South Korean actors in heartbreaking melodramas ― Han Suk-kyu
and Shim Eun-ha
in "Christmas in August
" (1998), Lee Young-ae
and Yoo Ji-tae
in "One Fine Spring Day
"; Bae Yong-joon
and Son Ye-jin
in "April Snow
"; and Hwang Jung-min
and Im Soo-jung
This time, he pairs up heartthrob Jeong Woo-sung and Chinese actress/model Gao Yuanyuan
"If my past works were about a man and woman falling in love, living together happily and then breaking up, this story is about a couple who didn't realize it was love the first time they met. They reunite and build a happy romance ― a movie that makes your heart flutter", he said.
The 46-year-old, who married recently in 2007 and recently had his first child, was asked if his private life affected his work. "My six-month-year-old baby is so adorable and makes me marvel how such pleasure can exist in the world", he said, but explained that he simply wanted to make a film that was light and positive.
"I believe that it's crucial when and where a man and woman meet", he said, suggesting that timing is everything.
The film is set in Qingdao, China and its title was inspired by a stanza in a poem by Tang Dynasty writer Dubo, "a good rain knows when to come". Jeong stars as a traveling architect who runs into a woman (Gao) he knew while studying abroad in the United States. The two realize that the friendship they shared back then had actually been love and rekindle the romance.
Timing was opportune, said Heo, in casting Jeong, whom he had wanted to work with since his directorial debut. The two almost collaborated in "One Fine Spring Day
" but was unable to because of scheduling conflicts.
Jeong said he felt better prepared for Heo's film this time. "Every time I received Director Heo's script I doubted whether I could express such emotions that gently tide in like the ripple of still waters", said the 36-year-old.
Meanwhile Gao said she had been a fan of Heo's since the 1998 film "Christmas in August
" and never missed his works in theaters. "When I got the offer I immediately accepted even though I hadn't even read the script", she said.
Jeong said that working with Heo was a very "different experience" compared to his past projects. The star of "The Good, the Bad, the Weird
" said that Heo "draws out invisible emotions from characters and puts a lot of thought into spatial relationships".
"Everything took very long and I learned the charms of long takes", he said.