In Hawaii, megastar Jung feels the love
By Jeff Chung
By Jeff Chung
When Korean movie megastar Jung Woo Sung flew home to South Korea on Tuesday, he took a new accolade with him.
In addition to having his film featured on closing night at the 28th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, HIFF jurors selected the star of "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" for an Achievement in Acting Award. At the film's screening, Jung thanked his Hawai'i fans and joked to the 800 people who attended the film that he was the "good" character in the film. The local fans could not get enough pictures of the star and kept saying "I love you" in Korean.
I spent five days with Jung, and everywhere I took him, he ran into local fans. In Waikiki, Japanese tourists — who recognized him from the movie "A Moment to Remember" — kept asking to take photos, and I didn't see him refuse a single request for a picture or autograph. By the end of the year, Jung's management team plans to launch an official Japan fan Web site (www.jungwoosung.jp) that will feature several photos of Jung's HIFF visit, giving the festival additional exposure in the Japanese market.
I asked Jung what it was like working with two other big stars, Lee Byung Hun and Song Kang Ho, on the set of "The Good, the Bad and the Weird." Jung said, "Everyone had mutual respect for each other, and the hundreds of staff put their best effort in the making of this film." He added that Song's great acting skills and Lee's charisma contributed much to the film.
On a more personal level, I found Jung to be a very soft-spoken person, often quiet, but he expresses his opinion when he has one. He has a good sense of humor and loves a good laugh. Jung stands well over 6 feet tall and, as a model and actor, is poised in front of a camera. He exudes charisma in real life, and now I can see how that gets portrayed in his film projects. Director Kim Jee Woon, of "The Good, the Bad and the Weird," was sincere when he said that Jung is one of South Korea's coolest guys.
Jung said he was surprised to see so many of his fans in what he referred to as paradise. Asked by a reporter what he considered the good, the bad and the weird about Hawai'i, Jung said, "The good: I have a beautiful view of Waikiki shoreline from my hotel. The bad: I want to be a part of that beauty (referring to getting a swim at the beach) but can't because of the busy schedule here. The weird: I wake up every day at the hotel still wanting, but knowing I can't."
'INTO THE SUN'
Episodes 9 and 10
Tonight at 7:45: Hye-rin's father's disapproval of Suk-min only strengthens their love. But Hye-rin's father keeps pressuring Hye-rin to leave with Seung-ha to study abroad. Suk-min challenges Jae-hyun to prove his love for Su-jin. Unable to endure the physical hardship, Jae-hyun gives up.
Tomorrow at 7:45 p.m.: At the navy's family night, Suk-min proposes to Hye-rin in front of everyone. Seung-ha finds out Suk-min was involved in Wu-jin's accident.
Episodes 47 and 48
Sunday at 6:45 p.m.: Even though Seo-yun resolves the problems on the construction site, she's reprimanded rather than complemented by the chairman. The Park family invites the in-laws home for dinner and things turn awkward. Ha-kyong warns Ji-sook that she could have her committed.
Sunday at 7:45 p.m.: Kang-suk enters and wins the amateur boxing championship. Jun-su finds out that Seo-yun's been using birth-control pills without telling him.
Episodes 23 and 24 (last episode)
Monday at 7:45 p.m.: Woonam is on the verge of being taken over by Matsumoto, with the help of Suk-chun. Matsumoto challenges Sung-chan to a cook-off to decide Woonam's fate and its leader. Sung-chan asks for Bong-joo's help, but he declines and leaves.
Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.: With Woonam falling behind, Bong-joo makes a dramatic entrance. He suggests an overhaul of Woonam's dish concept.
Episodes 15 and 16
Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.: Jae-sung and Eun-ji secretly follow Ga-young and Jung-won to the ob-gyn. When Jae-sung sees the two of them laughing as they look at an ultrasound, he loses his cool and attacks Jung-won.
Thursday at 7:45 p.m.: Ga-young's father collapses, and Jae-sung places the blame on Ga-young, saying that her unwillingness to reconcile with him is what caused the collapse.