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Thursday, April 12, 2012

"KOREA" Releases Main Trailer

The movie Korea (AS ONE) releases its main trailer.

The film is based on the first South-North Korean table tennis team that competed at the 1991 World Ping Pong Championship in Chiba City, Japan. The movie depicts the struggles of the South and North Korean team trying to create teamwork and how at the end it, the two main charactersHyun Jung Hwa (Portrayed by Ha Ji Won) and Lee Boon Hee (Portrayed by Bae Doo Na) worked together to win the championship.
"South Korean ping-pong star HYUN Jung-hwa and North Korea's LEE Boon Hee have each been defeated by Chinese player DENG Yaping--a.k.a. "The Ping-Pong Witch" --every time they reach a tournament's finals. Teaming up as a United Korea for the first time in 1991 at the World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba City, Japan makes for moments of crisis and bungled coordination, but game-by-game, HYUN and LI become a true team.

But then comes the announcement that the United Korea team will be inexplicably disbanded. On the morning before the women's doubles finals against China and knowing the Unified Korea team is stronger, HYUN pleads with the coaches and players of the North Korean team to not break them up. She tells them: "I want to play on the United Korea team."

The North Korean side is moved beyond ideology and allows the North Korean players to play on the United Korean team. The women's doubles team goes on to defeat China in the finals, becoming the first and the last United Korea team ever to win gold."--twichfilm.com
 Hyun Jung Hwa herself train the Ha ji-won and Bae Doo Na for the movie.
Bae Doo Na and Ha Ji Won
Korea promotional poster
This trailer is so moving (given the fact that North-South Korea is not much in good terms) that I can't help but write about it.

My knowledge about Bae Doo Na is limited (only watched one movie of her--The Host) so I can't say much about her. However, I've seen Ha ji-won in movies ( 100 Days with Mr Arrogant, Sex is Zero 1, Daddy Long Legs, Heundae) and dramas (Hwang jin-yi, Memories of Bali, Secret Garden & now King 2Hearts)  and all I can say is; she really can  deliver every character she supposed to portray. I am never losing hope that this movie can find it's way to the Philippines so I can watch it. Meanwhile for Ha ji-won fans like me, let's support her by watching  The King 2Hearts. It is a very cool, funny and romantic show that keeps me hook this days.

The King 2Hearts poster

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