Based on the novel by North Korean writer Hong Suk Joong, Hwang Jin Yi tells the story of a 16th-century geisha with the mindset of a modern 21st-century woman. Raised as an aristocrat in an era when class status dictated one's destiny, Jin Yi (Song Hye Kyo) discovers a shocking secret about her birth: she was born in the lower class. After much thought, she gives up her aristocratic status and becomes a geisha. She spends her first night with a man named Nom Yi (Yoo Ji Tae, Old Boy), and gradually falls for him. Though she is constantly surrounded by an entourage of aristocratic men showering her with gifts and admiration, Jin Yi lives a solitary life of tragic isolation. She finds herself traveling a bumpy road, faced with a dilemma that will alter her destiny forever.
There have been various screen interpretations of Hwang Jin Yi's life, including Bae Chang Ho's 1986 film and the 2006 KBS drama starring Ha Ji Won, but this version by Jang Yoon Hyun (The Contact) strikes a more sobering tone - focusing more on the character's internal struggles. There is no arguing that Song Hye Kyo is loved by many fans around the world, and she takes a huge leap in her career to play a femme fatale that departs greatly from her previous image. Having clearly come into her own as an actress, she successfully captures the character in her inimitable style. Beyond Song Hye Kyo's impeccable beauty, the film is accentuated by a variety of beautiful Joseon era costumes and the picturesque surroundings of the Geumgang Mountains, situated in North Korea.
This edition comes with the following extra features:
Commentary with Director Jang Yoon Hyun, Song Hye Kyo, and Yoo Ji Tae
Production Design: A Fortress
Costumes: Color, Style
- Jung Yu Mi
- Ryu Seung Ryong
- Kim Yoo Jung
- Yoon Yeo Jeong
- Lee Hyun Woo
- Oh Tae Kyung
- Song Hye Kyo
- Yoo Ji Tae
- Director: Jang Yoon Hyun
- Release Date: 2007-10-31
- Language: Korean
- Subtitles: English, Korean
- Country of Origin: South Korea
- Picture Format: NTSC
- Disc Format(s): DVD
- Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan)
- Publisher: CJ Entertainment
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