Monday, July 28, 2014

Sea Fog Premiere



[Spot] You Will Overwhelmingly Immerse in This Strong and Dignified Story – The Press Screening of Film ‘Sea Fog’

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 Sea fog is the device that makes crewmen’s sight blurry, but it also symbolizes their desolate future. _Director Shim Sung-bo 
Press screening for the flim ‘Sea Fog’ was held at CGV in Wangsimni, Seongdong-gu in July 28. Following the press screening, the press conference was also held. Director Shim Sung-bo, Kim Yun-seok, (Park) Yoochun, Han Ye-ri, Lee Hee-joon, Moon Sung-keun, Kim Sang-ho and Yoo Seung-mok participated.
‘Sea Fog’ is a movie about 6 crewmen who go sailing in the hopes of returning with a full load of fish. They get involved in an uncontrollable event as they take on stowaways.

How will the relationship of Park Yoochun, Han Ye-ri and Lee Hee-joon be described in the film?
Director Shim Sung-bo stated, “This flim is based on its original play script. So, we could discuss the story a lot before shooting so that actors and actresses could be the characters themselves. They definitely performed excellent in the film.”
He added, “It was tough to decide how big the ship should be. I decided it based on the concept of a thriller. It is because I wanted to show stuffiness that space itself can give to human beings and add some fun to the movie through the space.
When asked how much effort he put in order to be a crewman, Kim Yun-seok, who plays captain ‘Gang Chul-joo,’ said, “I watched a lot of documentaries relating to the story of the film.”“I think environment around me helped me a lot in terms of shooting this film,” he added.
He also stated, “We took 10km trip on a boat every morning. Then, we can meet a ship ‘Jeonjin,’ which we actually shoot on. We were isolated in that area until we finished shooting. We all looked exactly crewmen afterward. Some people didn’t even recognize us in filthy outfit.

Han Ye-ri plays Hong-mae, who makes Dong-sik falls in love with her at first sight.
Han Ye-ri who plays ethnic korean ‘Hong-mae’ said, “I had to have great physical strength to work with 6 strong men. All the actors were very nice to me. But, I was treated as a man like other actors when shooting. I also thankful that I’ve got gift of ‘people’ from this movie. This is why ‘Sea Fog’ is special to me.”
She also referred to the bad scene with Park Yoochun saying, “I assume Dong-sik might think Hong-mae would die because he already witness other people dead. He might want to touch something or somebody alive. I just focused on the emotion Dong-sik might feel inside. ”
Lastly, Kim Yun-seok stated, “I heard that ‘Sea Fog’ is the forth blockbuster among the blockbuster movies that have been released in this summer so far. I can guarantee that this film has its own uniqueness and conviction with a lot of efforts put in it. ”
‘Sea Fog’ opens in August 13.



Review: Bleak And Gripping, SEA FOG Prizes Character Over Spectacle

By Pierce Conran
To date, the summer of 2014 has seen the majority of mainstream Korean films fall into either of two categories: the noir thriller or the period blockbuster. While a handful of terrific genre pieces, namely A Hard Day and Confession, have succeeded in spite of this inertia, it's been high time for something a little different. Along comes Sea Fog, a character-driven blockbuster set on a boat that is based on a play which is itself drawn from a real life incident.
A fishing trawler returns to port with a meager catch and when its captain is offered a pile of money to help some Chinese-Korean illegal immigrants sneak onto the peninsula he is quick to pocket the cash. He heads back out to sea along with his five-man crew and in the dead of night they make contact with another vessel carrying their payday. Soon the youngest crewmember forms an attachment with one of the smuggled girls, but as tensions between the crew and their passengers mount and when the Korean maritime police suddenly appear, things quickly spin out of control.
You can often count on Korean cinema to take a familiar setting and turn it on its head. Sea Fog brings other open sea blockbusters such as Jaws (1975) and The Perfect Storm (2000) to mind, but it is a great deal darker than what you would expect from commercial cinema, particularly a blockbuster of this size (at least by Korean standards). First time director Shim Sung-bo and his co-writer and executive producer Bong Joon Ho deliver a film that is as somber as the latter's recent Snowpiercer. But with a far more realistic setting and less of Bong's trademark wry humor, Sea Fog packs a thunderous emotional whallop.
Much like Bong was confronted with when shooting an ambitious film within the limitations of a train, Shim and cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo (also the DP on Snowpiercer) are tasked with running the audience through a gauntlet of thrills and emotions within the confines of a small fishing boat. The brooding weather, which veers from stark daylight and ominous night to thick batches of creeping fog, ably amplifies the foreboding tone of the film. Equally impressive is the claustrophobic interior lensing. Every shot is permeated with a dank warmth that acts as a refuge from the literal and figurative tempests that take place on deck before turning the space into an oppressive tangle of burning pipes offering no exit from the encroaching terror. Throughout, the fluidity between shots, which evolve as actors move within or in and out of frame with clear precision, makes the film's visual tone rich and expressive.
Sea Fog, which secured a choice mid-August release date, is presented as a summer blockbuster, but it is far more concerned with characters than visual spectacle. While the film is expertly made, all its visual thrills are present to serve the characters and their complexly interwoven moral trajectories. But a sagacious mise-en-scene can only get you so far. Thankfully, the film's greatest strength lies in its cast.
Most familiar to viewers will be Kim Yun-seok, whose droopy, yet keen eyes have brought some of the most fearsome characters in modern Korean cinema to life. His turn here recalls his roles in The Yellow Sea (2011) and Hwayi: A Monster Boy, both for its commanding presence and ruthless practicality. In a position of authority and placed in a horrifying situation, Kim's Captain is a man who makes quick decisions and follows through at all costs.
Park Yoochun, a member of the Kpop group JYJ, convinces in his first major film outing as the youngest crewmember. He and Han Ye-ri, a rising star who does her best work to date, serve as the emotional core of the film. Theirs is an unlikely romance, but the young thespians sell it by avoiding histrionics in favor of soft palpitations and pellucid expressions. As the remaining members of the crew, veterans Moon Sung-geun, Kim Sang-ho, Lee Hee-joon and Yoo Seung-mok each manage to turn their gruff fisherman into unique and complex individuals.
Sea Fog explores some bleak territory and considering its setting and plot, unfortunate but inevitable similarities with the recent Sewol Ferry Sinking do arise. Given how fresh a memory that is and how powerful a film this is, it may act as a painful reminder to some. It remains to be seen whether this affects the film's eventual returns, but it doesn't make the film any less compelling.
The only place where Sea Fog stumbles is in its final reel. By rehashing a few well-worn genre tropes and temporarily abandoning its engaging character arcs, it feels as though the production is ticking a few boxes that its big budget requires it to. However, the film does still end on a strong note. As dark and daring a blockbuster as they come, Sea Fog is a terrific summer tentpole, and one like no other.

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[Spot] ‘Sea Fog’ Park, Yoochun to Make Perfect Debut as An Actor!

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Press screening for a flim ‘Sea Fog’ was held at CGV in Wangsimni, Seongdong-gu in July 28. director Shim Sung-bo, Kim Yun-seok, (Park) Yoochun, Han Ye-ri, Lee Hee-joon, Moon Sung-keun, Kim Sang-ho and Yoo Seung-mok participated.
‘Sea Fog’ is a movie about 6 crewmen who go sailing in the hopes of returning with a full load of fish. They get involved in an uncontrollable event as they take on stowaways.
(Park) Yoochun plays Dong-sik, the youngest crewman, who falls in love with Hong-mae(Han Ye-ri) at first sight. (Park) Yoochun calmly talked about his first movie after he watched it.
He said, “I became little emotional after I watched the poster. I can understand crewmen and feel sorry about them at the same time. I had a lump in my throat at the scene of Dong-sik founding Hong-mae in the fishroom, and of Hong-mae beating Dong-sik saying ‘take me home.’”


Regarding the bed scene with Han Ye-ri, he said, “They were people who were unable to get to know what will happen at all. It was the moment that they were desperate to survive. Many things crossed my mind. I was very sad at the moment I shoot the scene. I felt sad even today.”
Park makes his debut as an actor with this movie. He had to express wide range of emotions and had to speak in Jeolla-do accent in this movie. He stated, “Seniors gave me a documentary. I learned through the documentary. I practiced a lot and sometimes recorded what I said. I tried my best to sound like Jeolla-do person.”
When asked if he has any pressure on success of this movie, “I watched the whole movie today. I was little bit concerned if I could describe Dong-sik well at first. Now, I feel that I will think of this film more as time goes by.”
Film ‘Sea Fog’ opens in August 13.

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