you have one of the hottest star of today
Korea's movie industry descent into Singapore,
be prepare for a round of media frenzy.
Jang Dong Gun, the charismatic brooding
actor of the hit "Brotherhood"
and one of the main leads of Chen Kaige's
latest epic fantasy, "The Promise"
is at ease and all smiles when he strolled
into Garden Room at Ritz-Carlton for his
"The Promise" press conference.
The grapevine has it that he was overwhelmed
by the turnout of his fans at the airport
earlier despite this being his first visit
to our Lion City.
his interpreter, the lanky actor confessed
that the hardest thing he faced during the
gruelling six months shoot in the remote
areas of China was none other than the lack
of “kim-chi”, the unofficial
national dish of Korea. Another difficulty
was Jang has to memorise his lines in Chinese
and the phonetics of the language proved
to be quite a tough nut to crack. But he
has co-star, Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada
for company as both struggle to dub their
lines in Mandarin.
who is voted by Korea’s most influential
film producers as the most bankable actor
in his native land has appeared in productions
that involved him in speaking another foreign
language. The sci-fi action movie “2009:
Lost Memories” has him speaking in
Japanese and his upcoming blockbuster “Typhoon”
(which will open locally here in 2006) in
Thai and now with “The Promise”
in the can, mandarin is added to his expanding
Director Chen Kaige first saw Jang in the
2001 movie, “Friends”, he decided
that he's the one to play the role of the
mighty general, Guanming in “The Promise”.
But Jang’s pair of electrifying eyes
changed Chen’s mind when he met Jang
personally to discuss about the role. Instead,
Chen reverses Jang’s role to the kind-hearted
Kunlun, the slave. To cement their good
working relationship, the elaborative Jang
reveals that he looks forward to work with
Director Chen again, hopefully on the sequel
to “The Promise”. Mainly because
both parties feel that there should be more
development to the characters and plot.
Jang even breaks the news that “The
Promise” is running for Best Picture
in the upcoming prestigious Golden Globe
by the media which scene in the movie is
the most memorable, Jang cited carrying
Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung on his
back proved to be the one. He added that
the Korean audience’ impression of
Cheung is more of a demure quiet girl. However
after spending considerable time with her
during the filming process of “The
Promise”, he found out that Cheung
is apparently a frank, down-to-earth person
Jang’s chiselled good looks and his
polite manners to the media members present,
he certainly left a deep positive impression.
We have all been taken on a tour to the
promise-land by Jang Dong Gun and seriously
we look forward to his next visit.
a side note: As he walked
past me while on his way out, he nodded
and smile directly at me with his renowned
electrifying gaze. For that moment, I finally
realised why all the girls in Asia are so
smitten by Mr Jang. This guy has proven
he’s indeed charming even to the heterosexual
males. I kowtow to that.
Promise" opens island-wide 15 December
and review can be found here
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