April Snow

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April Snow
April Snow film.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Oechul
McCune–Reischauer Oech'ul
Directed by Hur Jin-ho
Produced by Bae Yong-guk
Written by Shin Joon-ho
Lee Won-sik
Seo Yu-min
Lee Il
Hur Jin-ho
Starring Bae Yong-joon
Son Ye-jin
Music by Jo Seong-woo
Cinematography Lee Mo-gae
Edited by Lee Eun-su
Production
company
Blue Storm Co., Ltd.
Distributed by Show East
Release dates
  • September 8, 2005 (2005-09-08)
Running time
105 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$24,873,159[1]

April Snow (Hangul: 외출; RR: Oechul; lit. "Outing" or "Going Out") is a 2005 South Korean romantic drama film co-written and directed by Hur Jin-ho, starring Bae Yong-joon and Son Ye-jin.[2][3][4][5]

Plot[edit]

In-su and Seo-young meet in a hospital after their respective spouses are involved in a car accident. This leads them to discover that their spouses had been having an affair. As In-su and Seo-young stay at the same motel near the hospital to care for their comatose partners, they grow closer while sharing their grief, anger and fear for their loved ones' recovery. Gradually, they find themselves falling in love with each other. But when In-su's wife Su-jin regains consciousness, she tells him that she regrets her past actions, forcing him to make a decision.

Cast[edit]

  • Bae Yong-joon as In-su
  • Son Ye-jin as Seo-young
  • Im Sang-hyo as Kang Su-jin
  • Kim Kwang-il as Kwang-il
  • Jeon Guk-hwan as Su-jin's father
  • Yoo Seung-mok as Doctor
  • Kim Se-dong as Insurance company employee
  • Chun Dae-byung as Policeman
  • Ryu Seung-soo as Yoon Kyung-ho
  • Lee Young-hee as Kyung-ho's mother
  • Leessang as themselves
  • Loveholic as themselves
  • Clazziquai as themselves

Production[edit]

Filming began on February 4, 2005 in the seaside town of Samcheok, Gangwon Province.[6][7][8][9][10]

A four-hour live concert was held on April 24, 2005 at the open-air theater in Yonsei University; some scenes were included in the film.[11]

April Snow wrapped shooting on June 18, 2005 in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province.[12]

Reception[edit]

The film performed poorly at the domestic box office, grossing US$2,707,442 in South Korea on 809,191 admissions.[13][14]

April Snow was also released in 10 other Asian countries.[15][16][17] And due mostly to actor Bae Yong-joon's Korean Wave popularity, it became a box office success in Japan and China.[18][19] It became the highest-grossing Korean film in Japan, grossing ¥2.72 billion or US$24.2 million (this record would later be broken by another Son Ye-jin film, A Moment to Remember with ¥2.75 billion).[20][21][22][23][24][14]

A director's cut with 30 minutes extra footage was released in Japan in 2006, which also did well commercially.[25]

Son Ye-jin received a Best Actress nomination at the 2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oechul (April Snow)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Son Ye-jin to Star Alongside Bae Yong-joon in New Film". The Korea Times via Korean Film Biz Zone. 24 December 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Lee, Min-a (24 August 2005). "Romantic tale appeals, particularly to Japanese". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Lee, Seung-jae (25 August 2005). "I, Myself Am in Forbidden Love". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "April Snow no Walk in The Park for Bae Yong-joon". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "New film starring Bae Yong-joon opens shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. 22 February 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Yonsama Fever Rages On Amid Korea-Japan Chill". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bae Yong-jun, Son Ye-jin Shoot First Scene of April Snow". KBS Global. 21 March 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Paquet, Darcy (23 March 2005). "Asian press flock to set of April Snow". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Lee, Min-a; Kim, Ho-jung (13 September 2005). "April Snow refuels Yonsama passions". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "April Snow Concert to Change Korea's Performance Culture". KBS Global. 20 April 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bae Yong-jun, Son Ye-jin Finish Filming of April Snow". KBS Global. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Commercial Releases in 2005: Box-Office Results". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Moon, Seok (19 January 2006). "A Review of Korean Cinema in 2005". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "April Snow to Fall Throughout Asia". Yonhap via Hancinema. 25 February 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "April Snow Starring Bae Yong-jun to be Shown in 10 Asian Countries". KBS Global. 25 February 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "April Snow to get Asia-wide release". Korean Film Biz Zone. 3 March 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "April Snow sets precedent in Chinese theaters". KBS Global. 31 October 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Movie Industry Set for Another Successful Year". The Korea Times via Korean Film Biz Zone. 28 October 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Yonsama Proves Japan's Biggest Crowd-Puller". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Yon-sama Fever Revived by Release of April Snow". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 September 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "April Snow draws one million viewers in shortest period of time". KBS Global. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "April Snow passes 1 million tickets in Japan". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 October 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "A Moment to Remember breaks Japanese record". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 December 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  25. ^ D'Sa, Nigel (12 July 2006). "New Version of April Snow Breaks Record in Japan". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "April Snow - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 

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