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  • Movie: Eungyo
  • Revised romanization: Eun Gyo
  • Hangul: 은교
  • Director: Jung Ji-Woo
  • Writer: Park Bum-Shin (novel), Jung Ji-Woo
  • Producer: Ahn Eun-Mi, Lee Sang-Hyun, Jung Ji-Woo
  • Cinematographer: Kim Tae-Kyung
  • Release Date: April 25, 2012
  • Runtime: 129 min.
  • Genre: Drama / Elderly / Award Winning
  • Distributor: Lotte Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea
  • Movie is based on the novel "Eun-Gyo," written by Park Bum-Shin (published April 6, 2010).
  • To cast the female lead, auditions were held in Seoul on July 30, 2011 and July 31, 2011 in Busan. From these auditions Kim Ko-Eun was cast. Prior to the auditions, Kim Ko-Eun studied acting at Korean National University of the Arts. In his place, Kim Moo-Yul took the role Seo Ji-Woo.
  • Actor Song Chang-Ui dropped out of project due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Filming finished February 5, 2012.

    A Muse (2012) plot

    Lee Juk-Yo (Park Hae-Il) is a well respected poet and college professor. He is in his 70's. Caring for his needs is his assistant and student Seo Ji-Woo (Kim Moo-Yul). Seo Ji-Woo hopes to follow in Lee Juk-Yo's path as a poet and writer. One day, 17-year-old high school student Eun-Gyo (Kim Go-Eun) appears on the doorsteps of the professor's home. A complicated and volatile relationship develops between the elderly poet, his protege and the precocious high school student.

    A Muse (2012) festival and award

  • 2012 (17th) Busan International Film Festival - October 4-13, 2012 - Korean Cinema Today - Panorama
  • 2012 (32nd) Hawaii International Film Festival - October 11-21, 2012 - Spotlight on Korea *Hawaii Premiere
  • 2013 (15th) Udine Far East Film - April 19-27, 2013 *European Premiere
  • 2013 (12th) New York Asian Film Festival - June 28-July 15, 2013 *New York Premiere
  • 2013 (8th) Korean Film Festival In Paris - October 30-November 6, 2013 - Landscape
  • 2012 (49th) Daejong Film Awards - October 30, 2012
  • Best New Actress (Kim Go-Eun)
  • 2012 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards - November 7, 2012
  • Best New Actress (Kim Go-Eun)
  • 2012 (33rd) Blue Dragon Film Awards - November 30, 2012
  • Best New Actress (Kim Go-Eun)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Lighting
  • 2012 (4th) KOFRA Film Awards Ceremony - January 30, 2013
  • Best New Actress (Kim Go-Eun)

    comment for A Muse (2012)

    Probably many of those curious about this film are snooping around this review because of some morbid curiosity about the relationship between one 70-year-old man and a student of 17. You want to know how it goes? Well, I'll tell you that it's not so much that kind of film, there are inevitably parts with some sexual charge, but in my case, what I felt after two hours was a sensation of beauty, spontaneity and, ironically, purity.

STORY: Of course the premise is as good as controversial: two men who after an hour of film are attracted to a high school student, one more than the other. However, contrary to my expectations, the strongest reason to fight is not the girl but the literary talent of both men. Nevertheless, Eungyo does play an important role, because she is the straw that broke the camel's back (red ink involved, I warn you). And that's very interesting, although a little disconcerting if you expect a film with a strong erotic charge. What this story does have, and is meritorious, is a tour through very realistic and human feelings and doubts. (Also, brace yourself for some graphic sex scenes)

ACTING: To be honest, nothing to say "Hats off to you", but I understand why Go Eun received many awards for Best New Actress, I've seen this movie before "Cheese in the trap" (maybe a bad idea) because I wanted to know the actress, and I have to tell you that the girl's talent itself is obvious. Also, Park Hae Il is notable for his portrayal of an old man when he is not old at all.

In conclusion, in my humble opinion, the highlights of this film are the beautiful framings, the morbid-pure relationship between the old man and the student, the obvious talent and beauty of Go Eun, and that the bad things do not happen to whom you imagine (something I enjoyed).

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