Movie Preview: “Before We Vanish”

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“Before We Vanish” (original title 散歩する侵略者/ Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha) is a Japanese sci – fi thriller. It is an adaptation of the same named theatrical play which was first performed in 2005. The movie already had its world premiere in the Cannes film festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section. The movie was directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Story

Narumi Kase (Masami Nagasawa) is on bad terms with her husband Shinji Kase (Ryuhei Matsuda). One day, Shinji Kase goes missing. He comes back a couple of days later, but he seems like a totally different person. Shinji Kase is now gentle and tender. He goes for a walk every day. Shinji Kase tells his wife that he came to Earth to invade.

Meanwhile, a family is brutally murdered and an unexplained phenomenon takes place. Journalist Sakurai (Hiroki Hasegawa) covers the story of the murdered family.

Thoughts

The story line reminds me of a few other alien invasion movies. The topic is quite popular, the whole body snatcher theme has been done quite a few time, in different mediums. As this has already been screened to a big western audience, there are quite a few reviews out there, which elaborate that rather than a simple alien invasion movie it’s more of a study of the human mind. This I find rather intriguing.

“Before We Vanish” will premiere in Japan on the 9th of September, 2017. To add another layer to the story, a drama will be also start to air in September.

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Tae Hang Ho Receives Praise for His Acting in “Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo”

‘명불허전’ 태항호, 화기애애함 물씬 풍기는 촬영현장…‘태블리’ 매력 뿜뿜
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Actor Tae Hang Ho who currently is appearing in tvN’s drama “Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo” has received praise from the public for his acting. He plays Min Byung Ki, who works at the Haeminsoo Clinic in present time Seoul. The production team released  ‘Behind the Scenes’ stills of him and Min Ji Ah, who plays a nurse at the clinic.

Especially the chemistry between him and Kim Nam Gil has caught the attention of the viewers. The comedic interactions between their characters are hilarious, raising the expectations of the viewers to see more of them in the future.

“Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo” airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm KST on tvN.

Source: Sedaily

Rookie Actor Lee Do Gyeom Cast in “While You Were Sleeping”

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On the 5th of September, Inyeon Entertainment announced that its rookie actor Lee Do Gyeom would join “While You Were Sleeping”, the upcoming SBS drama starring Lee Jong Suk and Bae Suzy.

Until now, Lee Do Gyeom appeared in the KBS2 drama ‘Solomon’s Perjury’ and the JTBC drama ‘Naked Fireman’. His third appearance on the small screen will be as a son of a man who has been falsely accused of murder. He struggles to prove that his father is innocent.

“While You Were Sleeping” is a fantasy/ crime drama, in which Nam Hong Joo (Bae Suzy) has dreams of unfortunate events and prosecutor Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk), who tries to prevent them from happening.

Source: Star

“While You Were Sleeping” is scheduled to air on the 27th of September. Until then, I’ll keep you updated.

Your fellow dramaddict,

Ivy

Supporting Cast for “Go Back Couple” Revealed

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The upcoming KBS2 drama “Go Back Couple” has announced its supporting cast. The leads Jang Na Ra and Son Ho Jun will be joined by Heo Jeong Min, Lee Yi Kyung, Han Bo Reum, Cho Hae Jung, Jang Ki Yong, Ko Bo Gyeol and Im Ji Gyu, who will play their friends in the time – slip drama.

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Further actors Lee Byung Joon, Kim Mi Kyung, Min Ji and Ko Eun Min will play the family of Jang Na Ra. Kim Byeong Ok and Cho Ryeon were cast as Son Ho Jun’s parents. The production team expressed that they are thoroughly satisfied with the casting for the drama.

The drama depicts the story of a married couple (Jang Na Ra and Son Ho Jun) at the age of 38, who regret that they’ve married too early and started to hate each other. But they receive another opportunity when they travel back in time to their university days. Back to when they were just 20 years old. Will they end up together again?

Source: Chosun, News 1

“Go Back Couple” is scheduled to premiere on the 13th of October. Until then, I’ll keep you updated.

Your fellow dramaddict,

Ivy

Actor Lee Byung Jun Will Join the Cast of “Go Back Couple”

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(C) Star News

On the 4th of September, it was announced by his agency, Hanareum Company, that Lee Byung Jun would appear in the upcoming KBS2 drama. This drama will be directed by Ha Byung Hoon (‘Sound of Your Heart’) and written by Kwon Hye Joo (‘Sound of Your Heart’).

Lee Byung Jun is going to play the father of Jang Na Ra’s character Ma Jin Joo who is struggling with her marriage to Choi Ban Do (Son Ho Jun). Both regret that they’ve married when they were still young and travel back in time to when they’re just 20 years old university students.

Source: Star News

“Go Back Couple” is scheduled to air on the 13th of October. Until then, I’ll keep you updated.

Your fellow dramaddict,

Ivy

“While You Were Sleeping” Releases First Official Stills + Behind the Scenes Stills

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“While You Were Sleeping” (C) SBS

On the 4th of September, the production team behind the new SBS drama “While You Were Sleeping” released a first still from the upcoming drama. It shows Bae Suzy and Lee Jong Suk sitting next to each other on a bus and Lee Jong Suk leaning on Bae Suzy’s shoulder with his eyes closed.

“While You Were Sleeping” tells the story of Nam Hong Joo (Bae Suzy) who has premonitory dreams about accidents which will happen to someone, while prosecutor Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) is trying to prevent them from happening.

Cast members Lee Jong Suk and Park Jin Joo also updated their Instagram with a behind the scenes look at the drama shooting.

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Park Jin Joo and Lee Jong Suk pose in costume in front of the camera. Park Jin Joo will play a public official in “While You Were Sleeping”. She took this picture comfortably in flats, with her heels deposited on the bench behind them.

(C) Lee Jong Suk Instagram

One of the pictures which Lee Jong Suk uploaded is of him and Suzy sitting on a bed and making the peace sign towards the camera, while we can also see the filming crew in the background.

Source: TvDaily

“While You Were Sleeping” will premiere on the 27th of September. Until then I’ll keep you updated.

Your fellow dramaddict,

Ivy

Movie Preview: “Friends Games: The Final Movie”

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As the title says, “Friends Games: The Final Movie” (original title トモダチゲーム 劇場版FINAL/ Tomodachi Gemu Gekijoban Final) is set to be the last movie in a trilogy. The starting point for the manga adaptation was the release of a mini series titled “Friends Game”, followed by the first movie “Friends Games: The Movie”. This Japanese horror movie is directed by Jiro Nagae.

Story

When Yuichi Katakiri (Ryo Yoshizawa) was a child, his mother taught him that friends are more important than money. Now, as a high school student, Yuichi prioritizes friends over money. One day, Yuichi and his friends become involved in the “Friends Games” which carries large amounts of money. They have to play 3 instances of the game and survive each and every single one to successfully finish it.

Thoughts

As this story uses the same actors again, I think one has to definitely start with Part 1. Otherwise, it might be confusing, as I’m not sure how much the different parts depend on each other. I wouldn’t want to miss a detail, just because I haven’t seen a previous part. From just the trailer, it does look like your typical setup. High school kids? Check. Get abducted? Check. Have to play a dangerous game in order to survive? Check. But well, you never know, this might be really good.