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- Movie: Lovable (English title) / The Lovely Child (early English/festival title)
- Revised romanization: Daseulyi
- Hangul: 다슬이
- Director: Park Chul-Soon
- Assistant Director: Yoo Won-Sang
- Writer: Park Chul-Soon
- Producer: Song Hyuk-Jo
- World Premiere: July 15, 2011 (Puchon International Film Festival)
- Release Date: November 24, 2011
- Runtime: 86 min.
- Genre: Children
- Distributor: A'muse / Indie Plug
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©
9-year-old Da-Seul lives with her uncle who work as a waiter and her grandfather who works in a dry squid factory. They live together in a small village overlooking the ocean. Although her grandmother and uncle think that she is mentally challenged, Da-Seul actually has a special talent for the arts along with her autism.
- Movie had its world premiere at the 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) and was listed with the English title "The Lovely Child." English title then changed to "Lovable" sometime prior to its general Korean release in November, 2011.
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Q&A took place after a screening of "Lovable" at the Dong-Sang Art Hall in Daegu, South Korea (December 3, 2011). Appearing as speakers are movie director Park Chul-Soon and actress Yoo Hae-Jung. AsianWiki editor Ki Mun was there and transcribed/translated the session.
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - Hi. I'm Park Chul-Soon the director of "Lovable".
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - Hi. I'm Yoo Hae-Jung who played main character Da-Seul "Lovable".
- Audience Question - I like the ending of the movie. Were there any movies that you referenced? How was the family arranged?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - About the question of family. Most movies which deal with the disabled have a large family and supporters in the movie. In these type of movies, there's usually a happy ending and the audience leaves with a warm feeling. But, the movie also tends to focus also on the peripherial characters as well. I didn't want that in "Lovable". I wanted to focus on the young girl Da-Seul. I wanted to make people think that Da-Seul was lovable even with her problems.
- Audience Question - What grade are you in?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - I am in the 5th grade of elementary school.
- Audience Question - Who did you learn acting from while performing in the movie?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - From the movie director. I got help from him and his instructions.
- Audience Question - Did you observe someone similar to the character of Da-Seul or did you have someone similar to Da-Seul around you?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - I went to a school for disabled children with Yoo Hae-Jung. There, Hae-Jung met a kid with savant syndrome. The kid paints very well. Hae-Jung drew with that kid. At that time Hae-Jung was about to become 11-years-old. It was difficult for someone her age to understand how people view autistic children. At that time, I asked her what she thought of the autistic child. Ha-Jung said she felt sorry for him, but he looked cool because he painted so well. I thought that was enough. I wanted to focus on Hae-Jung's acting. I tried to let Hae-Jung have a good time on the shooting set.
- Audience Question - This question is for Hae-Jung. You're 11-years-old. Girl's your age think a lot about their appearance. What were your friends' reactions after watching the movie?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - None of my friends watched the movie yet. I didn't care whether I looked pretty or not, because I needed to act for the movie.
- Audience Question - I laughed a lot while watching the movie. In the movie it appeared Da-Seul wore only long underwear. Weren't you cold while shooting?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - The shooting set was by the sea and the filming took place at night a lot, so I was very cold. I put on more clothes inside the long underwear to keep warm.
- Audience Question - What are your next projects?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - I haven't decided anything yet, but I would like to act in a movie that involves riding horses. I like horses a lot and I want to ride a horse.
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - I'm thinking of a concept for a movie, which is totally different from "Lovable". I was inspired by Russian skinheads. I can't talk about the details right now.
- Audience Question - Question is for Hae-Jung. Is this your first movie?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - Yes it's my first movie.
- Audience Question - For Hae-Jung, did you find it difficult to portray someone with a mental disability? For the director, how did you cast Hae-Jung in the movie?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - Hae-Jung was very young and couldn't understand from reading the script. I thought it was important that me and her should be of one mind. I found one thing that we had in common. We both love animals. We got closer by talking about animals. As mentioned earlier, we did go to a school for disabled children and Hae-Jung became aware of them through that. We also went to the zoo. At the zoo we practiced some things for the movie like certain movements. I tried to make Hae-Jung act like she was playing, so it would be more natural. I told her the important points and then I let her act by herself. Before we even had an audition for "Loveable", a staff member introduced me to Hae-Jung. I met her and thought she should play Da-Seul.
- Audience Question - If we go to the filming location can we see the paintings drawn in the movie?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - Those paintings in the movie were drawn by Hae-Jung and painters. The younger residents there wanted to keep the drawings, but the older residents wanted it cleaned up so we did. The big picture towards the end was done through computer graphics.
- Audience Question - What was the most difficult scene and also the most memorable scene?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - The most difficult scene was after I threw the snowman and looked for the snowman. I was so sleepy at the time, it was difficult. The most memorable scene is the last scene, when I was walking on the street and looked back. That was the most memorable scene.
- Audience Question - In the middle of movie Da-Seul begins to draw with black color paint from crayons. Any meaning in that?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - That's showing Da-Seul's ability is improving. Actually, people with savant syndrome, their abilities improve if they are given a setting where they can focus.
- Moderator - Tell us about when the film was made and location. Why did you pick Uljin as the shooting site?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - i began to write the screenplay in 2009 and began filming in early 2010. Due to a lack of funding, the post-production stage lasted for one and a half years. The movie was released closed to 2 years after filming was finished. The budget of the movie is very small. I completed the movie by getting help. The reason I chose Uljin. Originally, the background of "Loveable" was set in a city, but I wanted the seaside. I thought the sea as the background for the movie just fit. The sea by Uljin is beautiful and the village is very small The hometown of the movie producer is Uljin. Also, our movie was supported by Uljin too.
- Audience Question - Da-Seul makes a lot of trouble, but her grandmother and uncle don't get angry with Da-Seul. I couldn't understand why?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - I think some parents are like that. They view their child like that and can't get mad.
- Audience Question - I thought the acting was very good. I have seen many children with autism. Did you do research on them?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - I studied autism for the movie. I watched a Malaysian documentary about a savant named Ping Lian a lot. I wanted to meet Ping Lian's parents, but couldn't meet them. With Hae-Jung, we went to the school for disabled children and talked with them. I went to many different experts with my script for Da-Seul to see how authentic it was. Each time I got a different response and I came to the conclusion that each child with autism has different characteristics and environment. I tried to perfectly depict a child a with autism at first, but then I decided the movie would be more like a documentary. After that, I set the basic characteristics of Da-Seul and that she lived by the sea with her grandmother. The character of Da-Seul then came out. I did also talk with people who lived with autistic children and met autistic children. That was important as well.
- Audience Question - I liked the scenes with Da-Seul and uncle bickering. Did Hae-Jung and that actor do something prior to form a bond?
- Yoo Hae-Jung (actress) - During breaks we were back to being normal. The scenes where we physically struggled, I followed the director's instructions.
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - The actor who played the uncle is quite famous in the theatre world. He didn't leave the filming set even after filming his parts. He stayed with Hae-Jung. He told me he was learning how to act all over again by watching Hae-Jung. Hae-Jung is quite social and people like her instantly. When things that she adores are hurt she shows her emotions. She cried a lot after hitting the uncle on the filming set.
- Audience Question - Do you think Da-Seul might have a happy life?
- Park Chul-Soon (director) - The movie is open ended. I didn't give an answer to what happens to Hae-Jung at the end. Hopefully, after watching the movie, people will think about what will happen to Hae-Jung and have an interest in kids with autism.
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