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YOON's Moonlight of Seoul to open May 1st

2008/04/22 | Permalink | Source

In his debut feature "The Unforgiven" (2006), director Yoon Jong-bin showed us a side of men and masculine codes in the Korean military with honesty and sensitivity. Now YOON is back with his sophomore effort, a film which shows another side of men, this time male hosts who serve female clients in discreet salons tucked into the affluent fashion districts of southern Seoul. Opening April 30, "The Moonlight of Seoul" (titled Beastie Boys in Korean) stars the talented and now famous Ha Jung-woo ("The Chaser") along with Yoon Kye-sang ("Flying Boys").

The story centers around Seung-woo (played by YOON), who, was once quite wealthy but after a turn in fortunes, joins a 'host bar' to make ends meet, and Jae-hyeon (played by HA), a partner and manager at the host bar, living a reckless life. Seung-woo falls in love with a client (played by Yoon Jin-seo), one of many females hostesses who frequent the place to let off steam from their own line of work and but the couple are plagued by mistrust of each other, a result of the trade they both ply.

Director YOON won many accolades and prizes for his first film, "The Unforgiven", which premiered at the 2006 Pusan International Film Festival and won the NETPAC award. It went on to travel to a number of festivals, winning awards and international critical acclaim. His latest film is a Wire to Wire production.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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