Kang Ha-neul And Chun Woo-hee Team Up In Romance Film “Rain And Your Story”
L-R: Director Jo Jin-mo and actors Chun Woo-hee and Kang Ha-neul pose ahead of the press conference for the upcoming film ‘Rain and Your Story’ on Tuesday. (Sony Pictures Entertainment Korea)
The film begins with a narration by Young-ho (Kang Ha-neul): “It’s a story of waiting.” Set primarily in 2003, “Rain and Your Story” features Young-ho studying for his third Suneung, the national college entrance exam, in Seoul. One day, he suddenly decides to write a letter to his elementary school classmate So-yeon who lives in Busan. However, So-yeon is sick and cannot read the letter. So-yeon’s younger sister, So-hee (Chun Woo-hee), reads the letter and begins to respond.
“I haven’t seen a script with that kind of vibe in a while. It reminded me of the first time I wrote a love letter. How I had butterflies in my stomach,” Kang said at a press conference at CGV Yongsan in central Seoul on Tuesday, “This scenario moved me.”
“I also thought it was a rare story after reading the script. It has a 90s vibe and is not dramatic,” Chun said.
During the press conference, the director presented his new film as a prequel to a love story.
“This movie doesn’t tell the story of what happens after you fall in love. The story is more about how they get to that point, which is love,” Jo said. Young-ho slowly builds up receiving photos and letters from So-hee, as well as fantasies he has about her.”
Also special is how the two main characters were able to develop special feelings for each other without knowing each other, Jo added.
The director also talked about his voice making a cameo in a scene where So-hee is in the car with his mother.
“In the automotive scene, the voice of the radio DJ was mine. I thought my voice would be fine and I volunteered to record my voice,” Jo said. “Personally, I like the stage.”
Given that the movie is mostly set in 2003, both actors said the filming reminded them of their own childhoods.
“As it’s set in 2003, I thought about what I did back then. I was in middle school and it was a year after Korea hosted the 2002 World Cup. Pieces of memories of me using things like Cyworld social media, messenger Buddy Buddy all came back,” Kang said.
“This movie also reminded me of 2003 when I was in school. I have this memory of ordering jajangmyeon Chinese food and quickly eating it in the school yard. It was a windy day” , said Chun. “There is also an elementary school field day scene in the film. As I was watching this scene today, I realized how much we took this happy moment for granted. .
“Rain and Your Story” hits local theaters on April 28.
By Song Seung-hyun ([email protected])