Innocent Steps

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Innocent Steps
Innocent Steps film poster.jpg
Hangul
Hanja 댄서의
Revised Romanization Daenseoui sunjeong
McCune–Reischauer Taensŏ ŭi sunjŏng
Directed by Park Young-hoon
Produced by Kim Dong-joo
Park Yeong-hoon
Written by Park Young-hoon
Park Kye-ok
Starring Moon Geun-young
Park Gun-hyung
Cinematography Kim Jong-yun
Distributed by Show East
Release date(s)
  • 28 April 2005 (2005-04-28)
Running time 110 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Mandarin
Box office US$13,195,678[1]

Innocent Steps (Hangul: 댄서의 순정; hanja: 댄서의 純情; RR: Daenseoui sunjeong) is a 2005 South Korean film written and directed by Park Young-hoon.

Plot[edit]

Former acclaimed dancer Na Young-sae (Park Gun-hyung) attempts to make a comeback after his opponent, Hyun-soo (Yoon Chan), purposely injures him at a dance competition. At the suggestion of dance studio manager Ma Sang-doo (Park Won-sang), Young-sae then brings to Korea Jang Chae-ryn (Moon Geun-young), an ethnic Korean from China whom he presumes is a renowned, talented dancer. To his surprise, Young-sae learns Chae-ryn knows nothing about dancing and her soon-to-be married. Older sister, Jang Chae-min, is the talented dancer. With only three months until the national dance championship, Young-sae trains Chae-min, vowing to turn her into a world-class dancer.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2005 Grand Bell Awards[2]
  • Nomination – Best Actress - Moon Geun-young
  • Nomination – Best Costume Design
  • Nomination – Best New Actor - Park Gun-hyung
2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Nomination – Best New Actor - Park Gun-hyung
2005 Korean Film Awards
  • Best New Actor - Park Gun-hyung

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed to negative reviews. Variety reviewer, Derek Elley favorably compared the film to Dance with the Wind, citing Moon Geun-young and Park Gun-hyung's performances, but wrote "the plot holds no water."[3] Koreanfilm.org critic Tom Giammarco called the film "disappointing and cliche,"[4] and Darcy Paquet credited the film's success to Moon's celebrity status and noted that the ending was disappointing: "We never even really get to see the knock-em-dead dance sequence that you'd expect."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daenseo-ui Sunjeong (Innocent Steps)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Innocent Steps - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (15 June 2005). "Innocent Steps". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  4. ^ Giammarco, Tom. "Critics Poll". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  5. ^ Paquet, Darcy (7 May 2005). "Innocent Steps". Darcy's weblog 2005. Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 

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