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 Choi Sun-sik
Heo Jae-cheol
Lee Jae-hyeok
Shin Jae-hyeon
Written by Park Gye-ok
Starring Moon Geun-young
Park Gun-hyung
Music by Choi Man-sik
Cinematography Kim Jong-yun
Edited by Shin Min-kyung
Distributed by Show East
Release dates
  • 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; lit. "Dancer Purity") is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Park Young-hoon. Another English title for the movie is "Dancing princess".

There's a director's cut version of the movie featuring additional 17 minutes of footage and alternative cut of the dance scene at competition.

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

Critical 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 box office 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]

Remake[edit]

In 2015, Culture Cap Korea announced that it will co-produce a Chinese remake, which will cast a Chinese actor and a Korean actress. 60% of filming will take place in China, and 40% in Busan.[6]

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". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  6. ^ Kim, Su-yeon (11 February 2015). "DANCING PRINCESS Remake in the Works". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 

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