(Korean Movies) A Melody to Remember, 2015

A Melody to Remember, 2015
release
2016.01.21
genre
drama/war
country
Korea
ranking
Audience over 12 years old
running time
123 minutes
grade
8.3
cumulative audience
1069860 people
Awards
18th Udine Far East Film Festival 2016

Synopsis

Han Sang-ryeol (Im Si-wan), a soldier who lost all his precious family and friends to protect in the war. He meets children who have lost their parents and are left alone in the unit where they are staying after receiving an order to move out.

Gradually opening his heart to the children's cheerful appearance, he formed a children's choir with volunteer teacher 'Park Joo-mi' (Go Ah-seong) and started teaching songs. It starts ringing…

in the midst of war,
A great miracle made by a small song begins!

[ Prologue ]

Dumpling, mochi, mochi, crying in the rice paddy
cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo bird cry in the forest
If you go to Seoul on horseback, my brother
He said he came to buy silk shoes.

Coming from the geese north
The crooked crickets will cry sadly
There is no news from my brother who went to Seoul.
Only the leaves fall down

– Song 'Thinking of My Brother' –

[ About Movie ]

The first inspiring work of the new year of 2016
The moving true story of the Korean War Children's Choir
In the middle of the battlefield, the great miracle of a little song begins!

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and lasted for about three years until the armistice agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. In a time when family, brothers, and friends were lost and no one could see hope, in the most tragic and cruel place, the bright songs of Jericho small children begin to resonate with emotion and comfort. The children's choir started as a consolation performance at battlefields and military hospitals during the Korean War, and continued touring throughout the United States right after the armistice, and to Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe in the 1960s. The story of the children's choir during the Korean War, which cared for those who lost much due to the war with a pure and clear voice, is revived on the screen in the new year of 2016 through the movie <Thinking of My Brother>.

With the motif of a children's choir that existed during the Korean War, <Thinking of My Brother> is a movie depicting the great miracle of a small song that started in the middle of a battlefield where everything was lost. Han Sang-ryeol, a soldier who lost his family and colleagues in the middle of the battlefield and survived alone, is suffering from guilt and wounds for not being able to protect them. The process of creating a children's choir with the will to protect only them as he meets children who have lost their parents in the war and are left at risk, and the way he finds hope and laughter in a barren battlefield through this process makes viewers smile with deep emotion. . <Oppa Thought>, which captures the changes in children who are healing the wounds of war through the pure heart and song of 'Han Sang-ryeol' for children, with a warm gaze. Here, in the middle of a battlefield where they do not know when they will lose their lives, the soldiers let go of their tensions and fears through songs for a moment and fall into longing for their families and nostalgia for their hometown. It gives a deep sound. A heavy drama that resonates with the true story of a children's choir during the Korean War, and beautiful music, <Thinking of My Brother> will captivate the audience with a moving masterpiece containing our forgotten stories in January.

The most anticipated meeting of 2016
<Wandeuk> Director Lee Han and <The Attorney>[Misaeng] Im Si-wan
<Snowpiercer> Go Ah-seong, Lee Hee-jun, Jeong Jun-won, and Lee Re
The perfect ensemble of directors and actors moves the hearts of the audience!

<Thinking of My Brother> is a combination of director Lee Han, who directed <Wan Deuki> and <Elegant Lies>, and actors Im Si-wan, Go Ah-seong, and Lee Hee-jun, who have proven their star and acting skills, and child actors Jung Jun-won and Lee Re. . Im Si-wan, who rose to the top by representing the youth of this age as ‘Jang-rae’ in the drama [Misaeng], after receiving favorable reviews from the media and audience for his role as ‘Jin-woo’, a college student who gets caught up in an unexpected incident in his screen debut film ‘The Attorney’, Lee Han. Through <Thinking of My Brother> with the director for the first time, he shows a new transformation into a soldier in the middle of war. Im Si-wan, who not only wants to protect children through a choir, but also heals the wounds of war through delicate emotional acting and heavy masculinity, has never learned piano playing and conducting exercises, but also action exercises and physical strength for the soldier role. He made extraordinary efforts to perfectly digest the character, such as training. Through this, Im Si-wan, who leads the play with a deeper gaze and a more mature aspect, will immerse the audience with his acting and charm. Go Ah-seong, who made a relationship with director Lee Han through <Thinking of Your Brother> following <Thinking of Your Brother>, plays the role of Joo-mi Park who warmly takes care of the children of the choir in <Thinking of Your Brother>, bringing bright vitality and warmth to the play. Go Ah-seong, who established herself as an actress in her 20s through the movies <Monster>, <Snowpiercer>, and the drama [Heard It Through the Rumors], is a strong human and strong person who takes on the role of the mother of children who have lost their families along with her unique dignified appearance. elicits a deep impression.

Lieutenant 'Han Sang-ryeol' and 'Halgori', a person who threatens children, will be played by Lee Hee-jun, who has proven his wide-ranging acting skills with a character opposite to the pole in the movie <The Sea Fog> and the drama [Yuna's Street]. Induce tension. In addition, after losing their parents, siblings 'Dong-gu' and 'Soon-i', who coincidentally meet Lieutenant 'Han Sang-ryeol' and join the children's choir, play with Jung Jun-won, who appeared in <Hide and Seek> and <Guest>, <Won> and <The Perfect Way to Steal a Dog>. Lee Re, a child actor of the drama, will double the emotion with his laughter and tearful acting. As such, the combination of actors who will move everyone's hearts with Director Lee Han as the head and the sincere acting will become a viewing point that cannot be missed.

The most beautiful song of 2016
Selection and practice of children's choir over 4 months
Our famous songs known by the whole nation resonate in Korea!

As it is based on a children's choir that actually existed in the middle of the battlefield, the production team spared no effort to complete the choir scenes and songs that will touch everyone's hearts, from casting child actors for a choir of about 30 people to practice and song selection.

Above all, it was important for young actors to digest the song themselves in capturing the emotion and reality of the movie, so director Lee Han and the production team went through the 4th audition process to select child actors with basic singing and acting skills. focused. The 30 child actors cast through this have no experience in chorus or professional singing, so they learn the chorus of each song in the movie from the basic process of making a voice, and can be completed as a perfect children's choir in <Thinking of My Brother>. there was. In particular, the choral songs completed with a genuine singing method that can convey children’s original voices, rather than a modern singing method using falsetto, is an amazing result of the selection and practice process that took about 4 months and can only be heard through <Oppa Thinking>. It will captivate the ears of the audience with a special moving song.

Along with the children's choral practice, the song selection process and arrangement were also the most difficult tasks left for the production team. To this end, music director Lee Jae-jin, who has worked with director Lee Han through <Wanduyi> and <Elegant Lies>, has searched for numerous materials about composers, including choruses, songs, and nursery rhymes by era. The song was selected based on the songs that contained the feelings of hometown and longing. In addition to our songs such as 'Thinking of My Brother', 'Spring in Hometown' and 'Girls Digging', 'Home, Sweet Home' and 'Stodola Pumpa', which started with foreign songs, were performed. It was reborn as an ensemble of 30 children's choir. In particular, 'Follow the Ranch Road' was renamed 'With Friends' by director Lee Han himself through rewriting, and the combination of the two songs completed with 'My Happy Home & With Friends' is a choral highlight. decorate Here, the choral version of 'Spring in Hometown' and 'Thinking of My Brother' and the solo version with the stories and emotions of 'Donggu' and 'Soon-i', which provide deep comfort to everyone who lost everything and were driven into the middle of the battlefield, are only delivered by our song. It will melt into the hearts of the audience with great emotion and sympathy.

The 1950s, fully recreated on screen in 2016
An open set with a sense of scale, art that adds concepts for each space and situation
Double the emotion with a spectacle that adds warmth to reality!

<Thinking of My Brother>, through thorough data research and preliminary preparation, perfectly embodies the times of the era set in the 1950s during the Korean War, and at the same time captures the beautiful stories of children's songs resonating in the wartime on the screen in delicate images. paid

Director Lee Han was thinking about how to realistically portray the war situation and people’s stories from about 65 years ago, so he not only collected photos and videos of the 50s, but also gave flesh to the episodes through interviews with people who lived in that era. It breathes reality into the film. In addition, in order to reproduce various spaces during the Korean War, from the middle of the battlefield to the inside of the military base, refugees' shelters and slums, art director Chae Kyung-sun ("Miss Granny", "The Crucible", "Detective Chosun: The Secret of the Helm of the Legacy", etc.) I built a military base on my 300 pyong lot, an orphanage and church on 100 pyong above it, reproduced the Busan street as a refuge on the Hapcheon set, and built a refugee camp by cultivating 100 pyong of land in Hapcheon. In order to express it, we made efforts to exclude indoor sets and produce large-scale open sets. In addition, in the case of a battlefield where battle takes place, we tried to emphasize the feeling of devastating and destructive ruins, and at the beginning of the children's stories and chorus, the natural scenery was melted as much as possible to emphasize the warm drama unique to <Oppa Thinking>, and the pastel colors were clear. The image was added to differentiate it from the existing war movies. Even in the handheld technique mainly used in filming, it was rough and bold in the battlefield situation, and in the parts where the drama was emphasized later, it was drawn softly and statically. Through this, <Thinking of My Brother>, which captures the innocence of children in a realistic reproduction of the Korean War in the 1950s by adding rich images of the blue sky, vivid green meadows, and vivid colors, is different from the existing war movies that are only remembered in gray. Another attraction will add to the immersion of the audience.

[ About Song ]

A chorus that captivates everyone's ears and hearts
A song scene not to be missed in <Thinking of My Brother>

#One. hometown spring
My hometown is a flowery mountain
peach blossom apricot blossom baby azalea
A town full of colorful flowers
I miss the time I used to play in it

As it is a filming with young children, director Lee Han and the production team focused on creating an atmosphere on set where children can enjoy the scene and act as naturally as possible. In particular, the scene where the children who were listening to Dong-gu sings 'Spring in Hometown' at the children's choir selection party sing along to the song or shed tears is the part that Director Lee Han paid the most attention to and was completed without any intentions or calculations. Director Lee Han added that before filming, instead of giving specific acting guidance, he explained to the children that if they heard the song and their hearts were moved, they could cry, or if there was no feeling, they could just sit still. And as soon as the filming starts, as Dong-gu's song depicting his hometown and his parents comes out, all children are immersed in the music and sing along to 'Spring in Hometown' according to their feelings, or shed tears. It created a moving scene.

#2. Danny Boy & Annie Lori

Dong-gu and Chun-sik, who were once neighborhood friends, became antagonists during wartime. Therefore, 'Danny Boy' and 'Anirori', which appear in the scene where Han Sang-ryeol puts a song on the people who can't achieve harmony within the choir, is a special attraction where two different songs form one harmony. Finding two songs with real harmonies for this scene was a major challenge for the crew. And music director Lee Jae-jin found two songs that made up a beautiful harmony through various combinations of songs that were widely known at the time in the 50s. This is 'Danny Boy' and 'Annie Lori', and the ensemble of two songs called 'Danny Annie' in the field will fill the screen with a reverberation more than a choral song.

#3. Happy with my home & friends
I walk hand in hand with my friend on a cool forest path.
The clouds in the sky are so pretty, I roll and jump
Starla Poompa Starla Poompa Starla Poompa Starla Poompa

The children's choir's first choral performance is highlighted by singing 'My Happy Home' and 'With Friends' together. 'With Friends' is a song written by director Lee Han, who changed the title and lyrics of 'Follow the Ranch Road', an adaptation of a well-known Czech folk song, into a song unique to <Thinking of My Brother>. Director Lee Han changed the lyrics of the original song that started with 'Walking along the ranch road at night and coming home with Go Un-nim' with the lyrics that would be good to be sung by children. This song, which is also portrayed as a scene where Han Sang-ryeol is opening and arranging before the performance, decorates the finale of the heartbreaking first choral performance by adding the unique cheerful and bright melody and the innocent voices of children.

#4. maiden digging for herbs
The spring wind blows over the green grass
One day when the haze was quietly caught
Herb-diggers go up the hills
It's so pretty to find fine herbs, that wrist

The children's choral song 'Girls who digs for herbs' resounds in the battlefield, along with 'Thinking of My Brother' and 'Spring in Hometown', is our own classic song, with friendly melodies and sentimental lyrics. This song, which resonates in the scene where children go to and from the battlefield for a tour performance, continues to chorus, is completed more abundantly through the orchestral accompaniment of a light tone, bringing a pleasant smile to the listener.

#5. brother thinking
Moxa drum moxibustion moxibustion drumstick mochibhumi Crying in the rice fields
cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo bird cry in the forest
If my brother goes to Seoul on horseback
He said he came to buy silk shoes.

In the play, Soon-i's 'Thinking of My Brother' is a song that conveys her heart and touches everyone's heart. 'Thinking of My Brother', which fills the screen with expectations for Yire's emotion and voice, who plays Soon-i, is the most restrained song, but leaves a deep impression by conveying the emotions of the character completely. On the other hand, after hearing the recording of the choral song 'Thinking of My Brother', sung by 30 children, both director Lee Han and music director Lee Jae-jin were fascinated by the song and selected it as the ending title, so even after the movie is over, it will convey a long lasting impression and catch the audience's footsteps.

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