Sometimes it may feel like fandom response may be strong enough to influence a project but that rarely if ever happens. Entertainment operates on basically the same principles as all money-making enterprises with a myriad of reasons behind casting and production that are beyond the scope of pure art that viewers may want to see. With that said, I haven’t seen quite an online casting brouhaha quite like the dust storm kicked up by the possible casting of Yoon Eun Hye with Park Shi Hoo for an upcoming Chinese-Korean joint produced romance movie.
Without rehashing why Yoon Eun Hye fans may have been apprehensive about her accepting the project even on rumored consideration alone, the movie After Love is still going ahead with the scheduled mid-November filming start on Jeju Island and the male lead has now been confirmed to be Park Shi Hoo. As of this post Yoon Eun Hye has still not been confirmed, and either she’s going to do it or some other leading lady will have the unenviable task of being publicly discussed as taking the role that Yoon Eun Hye passed on. Read on for more plot details which have been released about the sad romance movie.
Regardless of who the female lead will be, After Love will be Park Shi Hoo’s first Korean acting project since his date rape allegation scandal nearly two years ago and the Korean media is covering his involvement very intensely to see how the Korean viewers react to his return to the domestic industry. The plot synopsis reveals that the movie is quite male lead centric – Park Shi Hoo plays Kim Sung Jun who was formerly an airline pilot but had to transfer jobs to the ground crew when he suddenly can’t hear out of his left ear. He becomes bitter and angry about life, which also includes his marriage to his wife which was less out of love and more from meeting a nice woman who is a good fit after an arranged date.
After his wife unexpectedly dies, that is when he realizes and understands how she felt about him, and what she means to him. He starts to search for every little shadow left by his wife from his memories of her and he realizes how she was always there for him. He learns of his wife’s first love and decides to take her ashes to go in search of him. This movie is basically the belated love story of a man who doesn’t know the love he had until he loses her. This already sounds so depressing and not in a good way since the male lead actively doesn’t appreciate his wife until she’s gone, that’s not a man I can root for even in a fictional story. The movie will be directed by the PD of movie Plastic Tree and is aiming for a May 2015 release.