Friday, April 07, 2006

Cool Swordsmen

BYJ has not really surfaced for the last few months since his last April Snow promotion in China. It's his usual practice to disappear from public view especially when preparing for his next role. Fans like us are quite used to it. Patience is our middle name. ^^

Recently, a photo or two have appeared, showing his longish hair, creating a stir in the BYJ family.
I've always like swordsmen in wuxia movies, I grew on a stable diet of Hong Kong wuxia or swordfighting drama, so you can imagine I'm really, really excited to see what kind of image he will appear in his new drama, Tae Wang Sa Shin Ki. Come to think of it, some of my favourite Korean characters were swordsmen too..

MUSA (무사) - JUNG WOO SUNG
I first noticed and know about Jung Woo Sung in Musa. It was a joint production between Korean and China. He was the slave, Yeo Sol in the movie and didn't speak much (the strong silent type) but he really caught my eye, especially when he was fighting. He caught Princess Bu Yong's (Zhang Zi Yi) eyes too. Unfortunately, the movie was only so-so and he died saving his beloved princess. (I wouldn't have died for Zhang Zi Yi if I was him but then she is not exactly on my favourite actress list)

Of course, he's since become a little more well-known especially after A Moment to Remember with Son Yeh Jin. (Btw, the bath towel scene is a much talked about wow scene!) He definitely has a better body now too.

He's currently filming a new movie called Mid Heaven together with Kim Tae Hee.

MID HEAVEN (중천) - JUNG WOO SUNG

This is still in production and is filmed mainly in China. I believe another joint China/Korean production again. The storyline sounds rather interesting though.. about an angel guarding mid heaven and I must say Kim Tae Hee looks rather pretty .

Hmmm...but Jung Woo Sung's image seems to be the same as that in Musa.. just a little cleaner. Still, I'l like to see him in 'action' again.

Picture fr Cine21, No 546

LEGEND OF 9 TAIL WOLVES (구미호외전) - JUN JIN

Strictly speaking, this is not really a wuxia drama but more a fantasy, combining some sword fighting scenes set in modern context. But the biggest draw was the ultra cool look he had wearing those black leather clothes and weilding his sword. Jun Jin is Mu Yong, a 9 tail wolve, who is able to maintain his human form only after consuming human liver. It's not really as gross as it sounds. Anyway, he's been trained as part of a special elite force, out to weed out the bad 'wolves' in the human world. Though he really went into training because he wanted to protect Kim Tae Hee, another 9 tail wolve. Sounds far fetched? It is, but I actually found the drama rather interesting. The only draw back was that Jun Jin was not the main lead and KTH still had huge traces of her role as the evil step-sister in SWTH. I think she was much better later in Love Story in Havard.

DUELIST (쳥사) - KANG DONG WON


Ok, I really didn't understand the movie and truth to be said, I didn't like the movie. But the cinematography of the fight scenes were really beautiful and the colours strikingly vivid.

Kang Dong Won is the mysterious, 'gentle' assasin, Sad Eyes (he doesn't have a name) and Ha Ji Won is the bumbling, rough detective, who must catch him and his mastermind, who is behind a spate of counterfeit money. Kang Dong Won was mysterious and beautiful but definitely not feminine. I think any lesser 'manly' actor would not have been able to carry out this look. I thought it poetry at the way he carried himself.

Kang Dong Won is now filming the movie, Our Happy Time with Lee Na Young. Btw, LNY has joined BOF in case anyone is not aware.

This brings me to my last favourite swordsman character in a fantastic drama.

Damo (다모) - Kim Min Joon


Damo is one of the most interesting drama that I've seen, not least because all the 3 main leads, Lee Seo Jin, Ha Ji Won and Kim Min Joon plus the rest of the cast gave a brilliant performance. The storyline of Duelist about counterfeit money was taken from this drama. Ha Ji Won was at her best here and spared off very well with both leads. But it was Kim Min Joon, as the charasmatic rebel Jang Sung Baek who attracted me. I guess I just like bad boys. Yes, it has the usual long-lost brother/ sister theme but it is not your usual melodrama predictable Korean storyline. The last scene is truely one of the most tragic scenes I've seen in a drama. And oh, KMJ on horseback galloping away on the beach was absolutely...sigh....to die for.....

Kim Min Joon was last seen in the drama Lovers in Prague togther with Jeong Do Yuen.

And now, I'm wondering, how would BYJ look like? Would his hair be long and curly? Or tied up in a ponytail? I don't think it will be straight like Kang Dong Won's in Duelist.

I'm looking forward to seeing him on horseback. Not like in Untold Scandal, where it was slow trot but fast and furious. Fighting. Tough. As much as I like his gentle, melonchaly portrayal in April Snow, it would be wonderful to see traces of Chan Woo or Yo Suk again.

Damo MV

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