[Upcoming Korean Gay Film: Frozen Flower]
Korean actor and heartthrob Jo In-Sung will join hands once again with director Yu Han in an epic movie titled, "Frozen Flower", set at the final period of the Koryo kingdom (918-1392). Jo and Yu last worked together in 2006 "A Dirty Carnival", which won Jo the lead male actor award at the 2006 Korean Film Awards.
Jo had many options for his last work before his compulsory military service, but he turned down numerous offers for movie and drama appearances to take on the role in "Frozen Flower". Director Yu has been widely acclaimed by moviegoers and critics alike for bringing out violence and collectivity from deep within the human soul, as well as for his provocative view on conventional ideas. His movies include "Crazy Marriage" in 2001, "Spirit of Jeet Keun Do: Once Upon a Time in High School" in 2004 and "A Dirty Carnival" in 2006.
"Frozen Flower" is an original piece based on a true story of Koryo era. It revolves around love and betrayal among Koryo king, 36 royal bodyguards composed of young/handsome warriors called 'Gunryongwi' and a beautiful queen from Yuan kingdom. Jo In-Sung plays 'Hong-Lim', the commander of 'Gunryongwi' who gets special 'affection' from the king.
To partner Jo In-Sung in the film, hot hunk actor, Joo Jin Mo has been casted to play a young charismatic Koryo king who falls in love with Hong-Lim. Actor Joo Jin-Mo came to fame after movies like "Musa: The Warrior", "200 Pounds Beauty" and "Love/Sarang".
The representative of the movie pointed out that, "Frozen Flower" will become the first Korean movie to deal with homosexuality upfront" and "although previously, "King's Man" (aka The King and the Clown) and other similar projects dealt with homosexuality, they were based on more of compassion, but this movie will portray homosexuality through the two main characters' affectionate love. Critics however say that there are Korean movies that already dealt with homosexuality upfront such as "Road movie", "No Regret", and etc.
Also future bed scene between the two actors is making a headline. Especially, due to the fact that the director Yu has been known for racy sex scenes in his "Crazy Marriage".
Jo In-Sung has been preparing for the role as a warrior since past months by taking up lessons for horseback riding, martial arts, and the geomungo.
The movie is expected to come out in Spring of 2008.