(Korean Movies) A Frozen Flower, 2008

A Frozen Flower, 2008

A Frozen Flower, 2008
period drama
Youth not allowed
running time
133 minutes
cumulative audience
3749034 people
30th Fantasporto International Film Festival 2010


At the end of the Goryeo period of passion, the king and his escort samurai 'Hongrim'
At the end of the Goryeo Dynasty, who was oppressed by the Yuan, the head of the Keonryongwi, the SS unit, 'Hongrim', is on guard for the king who is in crisis both internally and externally.
However, Won's unreasonable demands continue under the pretext of the heir issue, and when unidentified assassins threaten the king's life, the king makes a serious decision.

An irresistible choice, a crossed destiny
Hong-rim, who follows the king's orders as if it were his life, orders Hong-rim to surrogate the queen with the queen in order to obtain Won Won to succeed the throne of Goryeo.
On that night when shock and desire intersect, the fates of the three begin to swirl…

The epic of those caught up in the love of taboo and the storm of history begins!!

[ prologue ]

'A pair of flowers and flowers'
I went to the Ssanghwa store to buy a Ssanghwa bottle.
A hoehoe (Mongolian or Arab) grabs my wrist.
If this rumor spreads outside this store
The little clown (the kid running the errand) will say it's your fault.
I will go to sleep there too.
There is no messy place like that sleeping place.
I went to turn on the lights at Samjangsa Temple
That temple owner is holding my wrist.
If this rumor spreads outside this temple
I'll say it's your fault for the small young chair.
I will go to sleep there too.
There is no messy place like that sleeping place.
I went to the bucket well to draw water.
The dragon of the well grabbed my wrist.
If this rumor spreads outside this well
I'll say it's your fault, little wheelbarrow.
I will go to sleep there too.
There's no place like that messy place.
I went to a liquor store to buy a drink.
The father of that house is holding my wrist.
If this rumor spreads outside this house
It's a small rip-off, I'll say it's your fault.
I will go to sleep there too.
There's no place like that messy place.

Until the Goryeo Song 'Ssanghwajeom' became the movie 'Ssanghwajeom'
The Goryeo song 'Ssanghwajeom' was written during the 25th Goryeo Dynasty, King Chungryeol, and the author is unknown.
In the lyrics, the royal palace is interpreted as a well and the king as a dragon, so it is also interpreted as a satire on the social situation at the time when Yuan interference and agitation of the kingship were rampant. This chaotic era is the setting for the movie <Ssanghwajeom>.
On the other hand, for the content that contains the secular secret love between lovers in a store that sells ssanghwa (a tuning fork of 'sanghwa', which means dumpling), it was said that it was against the doctrine of Confucianism during Seongjong of the Joseon dynasty. was also treated as However, director Yoo Ha thought that the image of a daring man and woman who is not bound by status, system, condition, or ethics was suitable for the image of the lovers he wanted to portray, so he took the title of <Ssanghwajeom>.
Also, '霜花', the transliteration of Ssanghwa, means 'frost flower', and symbolizes the attribute of love that is intended to be expressed in the film. The movie <Ssanghwajeom> depicts the feelings that were once hot and passionate, but cooled down, and the betrayal and fate of being conceived as a result.


Jo In-seong and Joo Jin-mo, the casting of a dream that excited Korea
2008, the culmination of the encounter of cool men!

<The Chaser> Kim Yun-seok-Ha Jung-woo, <Public Enemy> Sol Kyung-gu-Jung Jae-young, <The Good Guy, the Bad Guy, the Weird Guy> Song Kang-ho-Lee Byung-hun-Jung Woo-seong, <An Eye for a Tooth> Cha Seung-won-Han Seok-gyu, <The Movie is a Movie" > So Ji-sub-Kang Ji-hwan, etc. In 2008, the Korean film industry had screen encounters of cool men. The charismatic rivalry between the two gave thrills and excitement to the audience and heated up the film industry.

<Ssanghwajeom>, the last film to be released this year, is expected to put an end to the box office success of these male-led films. Whereas previously released films focused on men's desire and action confrontation, <Ssanghwajeom> is a dramatic confrontation between Jo In-seong and Joo Jin-mo, who are caught up in a whirlwind of unavoidable fate, crossed between love and betrayal.

Jo In-seong, who took off as a true movie star through <Mean Street>, takes on the role of 'Hong-rim', the king's escort warrior who is troubled between his destiny to serve the king and his personal desire, and he acts more mature with his inner acting, rough action, and unconventional exposure. will present And Joo Jin-mo, who was reborn as a box-office actor with <Beauty is Painful> and <Love>, decomposes into the 'King of Goryeo' under the oppression of Won in <Ssanghwajeom>, showing the acting skills he has accumulated over the years. You can expect a hot match between those who will decorate the grand finale of 2008 splendidly.

Storyteller and director Yoo Ha, who varies in subject matter and genre
Satisfying critics, audiences, and actors!

Director Yoo Ha, who received praise from both audiences and critics for his previous films, <Marriage Is Crazy>, <Cruel Talks> and <Mean Streets>. With everyday subjects such as marriage, school violence, and gangsters, he realistically showed how the basic human desires are realized, sacrificed, and destroyed in social customs and institutions. In addition, it has always delivered new stories to the audience by demonstrating its excellent ability to change in a limited drama genre. Korea's representative director Yoo Ha, who is warmly supported by the public without losing his authoristic perspective. Attention is focused on what kind of story he will tell in the historical drama <Ssanghwajeom>, which he challenges for the first time.

On the other hand, director Yoo Ha has a reputation as a director who wants to work with actors as well. This is because it provides a foothold for actors to take a step forward by discovering their potential abilities and maximizing them. He made Uhm Jung-hwa, who had a strong entertainer image, positioned as Chungmuro's representative actress, reborn Kwon Sang-woo and Jo In-seong, who were imprinted as youth stars, into true actors, and discovered new heroines named Han Ga-in and Lee Bo-young and revitalized Chungmuro. Therefore, interest is being drawn on what kind of charm he drew from Jo In-sung, Joo Jin-mo, and Song Ji-hyo in <Ssanghwajeom>.

Director 'Yoo-ha', who makes ordinary things extraordinary and draws out abilities beyond what they have from the actors. This is the reason we are looking forward to director Yoo Ha's next film, <Ssanghwajeom>.

King Gongmin and the Goryeo secretarial entanglement with the ruler
The taboo record is finally unveiled!

The movie <Ssanghwajeom> is named after a Goryeo song of the same name, which depicts free-spirited lovers, and is set in the era of Goryeo, which has not been well dealt with in Korean films. As you can guess from the title of <Ssanghwajeom>, this song, which was rejected as a male and female supremacist because its content was lewd in the Joseon Dynasty, will reveal the secret side of the Goryeo royal family that no one knew about.

In particular, the film draws attention to the secrets related to 'King Gongmin', the 31st king of Goryeo. <Ssanghwajeom> is based on the motif of King Gongmin, who is known to restore independence from the Yuan dynasty externally and to strengthen the monarchy from the Kwonmunse clan internally, and the special government 'Zijewi' that existed during his reign at the end of the Goryeo Dynasty. are doing

The 'Jijaewi', who is known to be in charge of escorting the king's closest aides, by selecting young boys from among the children of the high school and nurturing them into the best talents with literary and martial arts skills. After Shindon resigned from politics, there is one theory that King Gongmin was set up to nurture the power of the pro-kings to promote the frustrated reform politics. Historically, it has been the subject of much debate. Based on such a curious historical material, <Ssanghwajeom> reproduces the taboo record hidden in history as an epic drama of fate by giving dramatic events such as love, conspiracy, and betrayal to the hidden historical vacuum between King Gongmin and their relationship. will do

Breathtaking Passionate Love affair
Expressing the indescribable turbulence of the heart!

<Ssanghwajeom> has been predicted as the most sensational film in 2008 Korean cinema. In addition to the casting of attractive actors Jo In-seong and Joo Jin-mo and the directing of director Yoo Ha, the subject of taboo love and the high-level love affair scene have been a hot topic from the production stage. However, the love scene in <Ssanghwajeom> has a different meaning and status in the film to be recognized simply as a visual breakthrough.

The love affair scene in <Ssanghwajeom> will be remembered as the most intense and fierce scene in Korean film history. The intense love affair that appears in the movie reveals the emotional vortex that each of the main characters experiences. In particular, <Ssanghwajeom> fiercely depicts the complex psychology of guilt, pleasure, pain, and pleasure felt by the main character, Hong-rim, in the reverse-sequential process of physical union followed by love. For this, director Yoo Ha focused on the change of emotions rather than the gestures of the actors in filming the sex scene, and focused on capturing the emotions of the actors by delicately capturing even the trembling of the actors' eyes. As a result, the love affair scene in <Ssanghwajeom> was completed as the most tense, epic, and dramatic scene in the movie.


Two rough men standing on a mean street, Jo In-seong and Joo Jin-mo
Until they turn into escorts and kings

In <Mean Street>, Jo In-seong plays a third-rate gangster who has brought about his own ruin because of his desire to soar out of his wretched life. Joo Jin-mo, a man who enters the road of gangsters to protect his first love in <Love>. The two played the role of a man with a similar fate, dreaming of something they couldn't have in their previous works and reaching a tragic end, and they gained popularity with these works. They met at <Ssanghwajeom> and were ready to receive cheers from the audience again.

In "Ssanghwajeom", Jo In-seong plays Hong-rim, the king's bodyguard. In order to show his strength as the head of the bodyguard, he devoted himself to horseback riding and swordsmanship practice before filming, and was perfectly born as an escort samurai who protects the king on the screen. He learned swordsmanship through training for about six months, and he was so athletic that he quickly digested the movements, and he surprised the martial arts director by digesting martial arts scenes and wire action while wearing heavy armor for most of the filming. In addition, even if he fell off a horse during horseback riding practice and injured his shoulder, he secretly took painkillers for the staff who were worried about him, and continued to fight with his injuries.

The extraordinary determination and passion for <Ssanghwajeom> is the same for Joo Jin-mo, who was portrayed as the 'King of Goryeo'. Although he learned horseback riding and swordsmanship necessary for historical dramas through the movie <Warrior> and the drama <Bicheonmu>, he had to endure new difficulties due to the role of the king. Despite the sweaty, hot weather, he had to wear six layers of clothes and wear heavy accessories such as crowns and earrings while filming. In addition, in the swordsmanship and wire scenes, he showed his passion for filming without a band, and was able to capture action scenes with lively emotions. In addition, in order to express the appearance of a king who is skilled in arts, he also studied geomungo with Jo In-seong for 4 months. However, what is most noteworthy is Joo Jin-mo's passionate performance, who plays the character of a king who undergoes ever-changing emotional changes. You can expect eye-to-eye acting with his intense aura, which was created with his passion for movies and his terrifying concentration on characters.

The best staff in Chungmuro who came together for <Ssanghwajeom>,
Complete Goryeo with the aesthetics of re-creation!

Historical dramas in Korean films such as <Scandal>, <Indecent Confession>, <The King's Man>, <Hwang Jin-i> and <Beautiful Island>, have mainly dealt with the Joseon Dynasty. On the other hand, <Ssanghwajeom> focused on the new era of the Goryeo Dynasty and tried to convey the details of historical dramas that have not been seen before. As it is an ambitious project to restore the Goryeo Dynasty, the best staff in Chungmuro gathered for each part of the production. The interesting thing is that all of these brilliant staff, who have not formidable careers and skills, ran aground when they started production. It was difficult to fully examine the Goryeo period due to the lack of documents, historical sites, and data on the Goryeo period.

As for the costumes, Damyeon Lee Hye-soon, the best hanbok designer in Korea, who made costumes for the main actors in <Scandal>, and Jeong Jeong-eun, the costume team leader, who was in charge of the costumes for <Hwang Jin-i>, reproduced the costumes of the Goryeo period. Due to the lack of historical materials, the emphasis was placed on creating the Goryeo Dynasty with a modern feel by referring to literature and treatises dealing with Goryeo history and murals from the Goryeo period. In order to express the situation of the times when the Mongolian style was popular due to the rule of the Yuan Dynasty, the costume team of director Jang Ye-mo participated in <The Empress>, and the exotic atmosphere of the late Goryeo was preserved as it was. The makeup team leader Kim Seo-young, who was in charge of styling Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jung Woo-sung in <The Good, the Bad, the Weird>, was the top-grossing film in the first half of the year. There were wigs based on extensions for each character, but according to psychological changes, the hairstyle was changed to show subtle emotional changes through makeup. Gacha, which expresses the queen's head, is also used differently depending on the location and situation to enhance the realism of the story.

The art realistically reproduces the talk of the 1970s and recreates the inside and outside of the palace during the Goryeo Dynasty, in charge of art director Kim Ki-cheol, who newly created the virtual space between the here and the afterlife – <Jungcheon>. The art of Ssanghwajeom, shown through the main spaces of the king's residence, Yeondeung Hall, and Geonryongjang, shows a level of perfection that has never been seen in historical dramas. Cinematographer Choi Hyeon-gi took charge of the filming, and he met director Yoo Ha for the third time after going through 'The Mean Street' and 'The Mean Street'. In <Ssanghwajeom>, you can realistically capture the delicate emotions of the characters and vividly check the expressions of the characters unfolding on the screen through close-ups. Music director Kim Jun-seok, who gave extreme tension through the movie <The Chaser>, will take charge of the music, and will present a magnificent melody of the epic unfolding in Goryeo.

Swordsmanship used as a tool for expressing emotions rather than fighting
Feelings of love and betrayal come alive at the tip of the sword!

Director Yoo Ha prepared various devices to express the subtle emotional changes of the characters, and swordsmanship is one of them. Director Yoo Ha ordered martial arts director Shin Jae-myung, who is working together for the third time following <Crazy Street> and <Mean Street>, to convey emotions that cannot be expressed in words, such as anger, sadness, and betrayal, through a knife.

Therefore, in <Ssanghwajeom>, the 'sword' is not a tool for self-defense for fighting, but rather acts as a medium through which the characters confirm each other's beliefs or release their emotions. There is a crack in the relationship between the king and the bodyguard, Hong-rim, whom no one can intervene, and as the emotional confrontation grows, the swordsmanship movements become more intense. The audience will be able to immerse themselves in the intense emotions of the king and Hong-rim in the scene where the sword is swung violently without thinking about the direction it is aimed and the collision.

However, it was impossible without thorough preparation and practice because swordsmanship, where the body and body did not collide directly and applied the force to the tool called the sword, could create a major accident if the breathing was not perfectly matched. Jo In-sung and Joo Jin-mo learned how to control the strength and weakness of their emotions and the level of their emotions through rigorous swordsmanship training for about 5 to 6 months, and the production team made every effort to ensure that they did not make any mistakes. As a result, it was possible to create a swordsmanship action that was both sophisticated and flexible, and cold and hot emotions collide.

A mega project to decorate the end of 2008 <Ssanghwajeom>
6 months of well-made campaign in numbers

In the first half, there was <Nom Nom Nom>, in the second half there was <Ssanghwajeom>. <Ssanghwajeom> was one of the big projects of Korean cinema, filming a total of 121 episodes for 6 months from April 12 to October 4, 2008. In addition to the production cost of 7.6 billion won, a lot of staff and extras were mobilized, and they went around the country hunting for places. The production process through which you can guess the majesty of <Ssanghwajeom> is revealed through numbers.

50,000 km shooting distance
Compared to the Joseon Dynasty, the production team of <Ssanghwajeom> had to travel all over the country to reproduce the Goryeo Dynasty, which lacked cultural heritage. The total distance traveled for filming alone is over 50,000 km. Filming took place in dozens of locations in Korea, including all sets (Daejeon, Jeonju, Yongin, Buan, etc.) and theme parks (Samhan, Buan), Hwaeomsa Temple at the foot of Mt.

More than 2,500 costumes
<Ssanghwajeom>, set in the Goryeo Dynasty, produced not only the costumes of the main actors but also the costumes of the extras and simple props to perfectly reproduce the attire of that era. The total number of costumes produced in this way alone is a whopping 2,500 pieces. It was necessary to create a separate large clothing warehouse to safely store so many clothes. Among these costumes, the king and queen's Lotus Lantern uniforms cost about 20 million won each, so they had to pay special attention to security.

500 knives
The total number of swords in the movie is over 500, from the King and Hongrim to the escort unit Geonryongwi. This number includes all 60 metal swords, false swords, and wooden swords.

A large-scale lantern festival scene with over 1,000 actors, staff and extras mobilized
In <Ssanghwajeom>, the scene where actors, staff, and extras were mobilized the most is the lotus festival scene, which is held in a grand way to pray for the reunion of the queen. As it is known as the most splendid annual festival of the Goryeo Dynasty, it is also the scene where all the staff worked the most in the filming, art, costumes, and martial arts of <Ssanghwajeom>. It is one of the highlight scenes of the film, which is rich in visual and musical spectacles, including the sword dance performed by the 36-member Geonryongwi, and Joo Jinmo, who plays the king of Goryeo, sang the Goryeo song 'Ssanghwajeom'.

The first condition for the casting of 36 members is to be at least 180cm tall.
As much as it was set that the Keonryongwi, the bodyguard that escorts the king, was selected as a handsome boy among the sons of the four generations, tall height and beautiful appearance are essential conditions for the role of the Keonryongwi. In particular, in order to be shoulder-to-shoulder with Jo In-seong, the leader of the Keonryongwi, he had to be over 180cm tall. The production team was able to cast Shim Ji-ho, Lim Joo-hwan, and Yeo Wook-hwan, who were former models, while watching the auditions of many actors who were over 180 cm tall.

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