2:40 pm - 10/19/2018

Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi to co-star in feminist film

Actor Gong Yoo and actress Jung Yu-mi will star in a movie based on a best-selling feminist novel, "Kim Ji Young, Born 1982."

The story is a story of a woman in her 30s, who is suddenly possessed by spirits after facing a myriad of discriminations due to her gender. The book, released in 2016, sold more than one million copies in Korea thanks to its realistic portrayal of the lives of Korean women during the era.

Jung plays Kim Ji-young, a "typical" woman who chooses to stay calm instead of fighting fiercely against sexism. Gong Yoo plays Jung Dae-hyun, Kim's husband, who tries to understand his wife and share her worries.

In September, a nationwide petition was launched asking for work on the film to stop.

"I believe the novel is excessively subjective and has distorted perspectives toward the society," wrote a male petitioner, 19. "Making this novel into film goes against the value of gender equality and promotes conflict between genders."

Gong Yoo, whose real name is Gong Ji-cheol, debuted as an actor in the drama "School 4" in 2001, and has starred in a variety of productions, including "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince" in 2007 and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" in 2016-17.

Jung Yu-mi made her debut in "How to Operate a Polaroid Camera" in 2004, and has appeared in diverse works, including the KBS drama "Discovery of Love" in 2014.

It is the third time the pair will have featured in the same work. They were together in the film ""Silenced" in 2011 and "Train to Busan" in 2016. In January, they were rumored to have been dating, but denied this.

source: The Korea Times
timetobegin 19th-Oct-2018 09:50 pm (UTC)
Cool. On a related note, is this book available in translation yet?
sjtaazrz 19th-Oct-2018 10:26 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of.

I've been checking here and there, periodically, in the hope of a translation, but so far nothing. Maybe if the film does well, interest in the book will lead to an English translation.

The book The Courage of Being Disliked just got an English translation this year, but it was released in Korean in 2015. If that's any indication, maybe we'll have a version of this 2016 book by next year 🤞
timetobegin 21st-Oct-2018 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'll just keep my eye out on it then. There seems to be alot of international/English languaged coverage of the book so I've come across nice tidbits of the novel here and there, but would love to read it in full.

I've wanted to read TCOBD! Thanks for the link, didn't know it was out in English!
sjtaazrz 22nd-Oct-2018 04:56 am (UTC)
Same, I hope I can read it for myself soon.

And no problem! I remember Crush and Baek Jiyoung (I think) talking about TCOBD on Happy Together years ago, so I was on the look out for that translation too. (Still haven't read it yet though)
timetobegin 22nd-Oct-2018 07:45 am (UTC)
I remember one of my own faves talking about the book too in an instagram post or something? I don't recall much else but thinking that the quote they included was really nice and that I had to pick up the book sometime lol
existingisfunny 19th-Oct-2018 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm excited! Has there been an eng translation of the book yet?
lechuza_yoya 19th-Oct-2018 10:55 pm (UTC)
they are very good friends they say, and I love them and hear a very good thing about the book. I hope they do a good job.
nekobot 19th-Oct-2018 11:03 pm (UTC)
Jung Yu-mi. Gong Yoo. Feminist movie that will spark infinite amounts of meninist rage. Who has been reading my diary?
kcaomei 20th-Oct-2018 12:49 am (UTC)
i'm excited! looking forward to watching
yxerin 20th-Oct-2018 08:35 am (UTC)
this is gonna be good
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