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Korean Movies Bring Period Pieces to Life

2008/09/16 | Permalink | Source

Korean movie makers are digging into the past for inspiration.
The recent trend in the film industry is all about transforming historic facts and events into fictional stories.
Director Jeong Ji-woo tries to bring Seoul to life during the 1930s in his latest movie "Modern Boy".
The filmmakers say they had a difficult time finding remnants of the past which was crucial for recreating the capital during Japanese Imperial rule which was then called, Kyungsung.
In the end the crew turned to modern-day technology such as three-dimensional computer graphics to fill in the details.
Award-winning director Kim Yoo-jin goes back to the Chosun Dynasty era in his latest film "The Divine Weapon".
The highlight of the movie is the actual-size recreation of a weapon designed during the era ruled by King Sejong the fourth king of the 500-year dynasty best remembered for creating the Korean alphabet hangul.
Records on the weapon are considered to be one of the oldest in the world with its ability to shoot arrows in succession almost like a bazooka.
The filmmakers took actual drawings from 1448, to build the weapon all for the sake of adding realism to the movie.
Their hard work and effort certainly won't go unnoticed as it will be donated to the National Science Museum after the film is completed.
The Korean western "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" by director Kim Jee-woon is action-packed with scenes being shot on location in China's Gobi Desert.
The makers of the film say shooting took more than one-hundred days in the sandy wind-blowing desert which despite the hardships made it all the more worthwhile.
Sam Len, Arirang News.

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