We have to say that Jeon Gye Soo is definitely a new favourite director of ours. With the ‘Year of 12 Directors’, the KCC has presented to us a very diverse range of directors and works, giving us an amazing chance to see films from all different sides of the Korean cinema industry and discover new favourites. You may have already read our rather fangirling review of Mr. Jeon’s latest film release “Love Fiction“, which won him the ‘Best Screenplay’ award at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards. Jeon Gye Soo is definitely a director to watch in the future and we can’t wait to see how he tackles all the different genres. ‘New Favourite Director Achievement’ unlocked! :D
Jeon Gye Soo graduated in Philosophy with a (now) infamous passion for musicals as displayed in his debut film “Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theatre”. Mr. Jeon did not come from a film background, but discovered he had a knack for film when he was a fresh graduate working in Japan. He was in a foreign country and feeling lonely so he would spend a lot of time watching as many films as possible; he estimated around 500-1000 in a two year period. A new passion was set alight within him and rather than going to study the art, he decided to go all hands on and get stuck into the film industry.
Mr. Jeon was inspired by Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Delicatessen” and you can certainly see it in “Midnight Ballad”. It has the same idea of wanting to portray the world in a different kind of way; to help you see things from a new perspective. This is also kind of relevant with his latest film “Love Fiction”, where the love story is told from the man’s point a view, a very refreshing and ‘interesting’ concept that certainly generated a good few laughs!
During the interview before the film we asked one key question: As it’s still fairly early in your career, have you any specific goals for the future such as working with specific actors or actresses, or are there any film festivals you want to see your films screened at?
Jeon Gye-soo: My next project is a mystery thriller and I always try to focus on different genres – that really the ultimate goal of directing in my career. The other thing is, I’d love to be able to make a film in two years, I like the thought of that pace. And finally, I’d like to work with Johnny Depp – the hotel in London that I’m staying in is where he stayed a few days ago.
Could Johnny Depp soon be making an appearance in Jeon Gye Soo’s films? We sure hope so! Mr. Jeon seems like a really cool and down to earth director who basically just wants to make lots and lots of movies. We can’t wait to see him tackle all the genres and see this director develop. One day you may see this name up on a billboard next to the likes of Johnny Depp or Hugh Grant!
This month’s ‘Year of 12 Directors’ program sees films from Lee Joon Ik. His film “The King and Clown” has already kick started this month’s film screenings and was greeted with loud applause all round! This week (Thursday 14 June) the KCC will be screening “The Happy Life” starring a personal favourite and national heart throb, Asian Prince Jang Geun Suk. *Edit: We made a bit of a boo boo, the film Sunny as previously mentioned is not the 2011 Sunny (써니)movie. The film screening on 21st will be the movie Sunny 님은 먼곳에 (2008) which we’re sure will be just as good! :)