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Announcement: ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA Season IV closes with LOVE, LIES

May 1, 2017



Season IV of the Asian Pop-Up Cinema closes in Chicago at AMC River North THIS WEDNESDAY at 7pm (CST). If you’re not aware, this seasonal series is programmed by Sophia’s Choice , a non-profit organization “with the multiple missions of cultivating the general public’s interest in Asian culture via diverse offerings of Asian films; connecting the Asian film industry with local industry for both professional & educational exchanges; and promoting Chicago as a destination for Asian film company production”. The closing film is Korean director Heung-Sik Park’s latest “Love, Lies”, which opened in South Korea just over a year ago. 

After winning the Best New Director Award at the 37th Paeksang Arts Awards in 2001 for “I Wish I Had a Wife” and making a lavish debut, director Park Heung-sik won the Best Director Award at the 41st Paeksang Arts Awards in 2004 for “My Mother the Mermaid”, which captured a daughter going back to her mother’s world at age 20 and meeting her first love. The film also won the Grand Prize at the 16th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and further proved his outstanding directing talents.

The musical drama focuses on two best friends, So-yool and Yeon-hee, who dream of becoming the top artists in Seoul together during the time of Japanese occupation in 1943. But their friendship doesn’t last long as Yoon-woo,
So-yool’s first love and songwriter, falls in love with Yeon-hee and her voice. So-yool’s feelings of jealousy and inferiority towards Yeon-hee grows by the day, and she eventually makes a drastic decision to bring the two lovers down. The film is in Korean with English subtitles and stars: Han Hyo-joo, Chun Woo-hee, Yoo Yeon-seok

Park claims he wanted to express the most basic human desires through “Love, Lies”,  “I focused on the desires that stem from jealousy. If envy and jealousy form in one’s heart for someone else’s talents, their desires cannot be controlled. I wanted to portray the dramatic desires that many people can relate to.


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