Monday, November 06, 2006

Jeon Ji-hyun to Debut in Hollywood

Actress Jeon Ji-hyun will debut in the U.S. movie market in the role of a half-human/half-vampire warrior named Saya.

Jeon’s agency said the actress will star in the movie tentatively titled Blood The Last Vampire that is being produced by a major Hollywood production company.

Jeon, who has gained popularity in Asia for her roles in the movies Windstruck and My Sassy Girl, drew the spotlight for her plans to debut in Hollywood.

Blood The Last Vampire is based on the same-titled anime film by Japanese animation master Oshii Mamoru. French investment and distribution firm Pathe has invested in the movie, while Hong Kong producer Bill Kong and Abel Namias will produce the movie. The film will be directed by Woo In-tae, while Corey Yuen will be in charge of the action scenes.

A person from Jeon’s agency said the movie will likely be produced by a major Hollywood studio and open in the United States in 2008. The Japanese side only holds the copyright for the movie, while Pathe will be in charge of investment and distribution. He also added that the movie will be filmed only in English and that Jeon, too, will say her lines in English.

The production costs of the movie will be determined by who will play opposite Jeon. It is yet unknown when filming will begin, as the actor who will play opposite Jeon has yet to be cast.

The original role of Saya in the animation film will be cinematized in the Hollywood version.

Jeon, who is currently taking English-language courses in the United States, will return to Korea for a short period of time next month.
Source: KBS Global

doozy: Sounds like an action flick? Oi! Why is it that only this type of movie genre can be shown in the US when an Asian star wants to make his/her breakthrough in Hollywood?
Anyhow, hopefully the project pulls through and the movie is good. Wish Jeon the best in everything she does!

1 comment:

jill said...

i agree, why can't Asian stars be in a romantic comedy or drama? Asian women are portrayed as evil, ill-tempered, dragon-ladies, whereas men are portrayed as effeminate, emasculated, asexual persons. these depictions of Asians in cinema create and perpetuate negative stereotypes. (omg i actually learned something in college! :-p) but at the same time...i guess it's hard to be in the bizz, you gotta start somewhere??? :-/