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  • In Focus: My Paparotti
  • by Darcy Paquet /  Mar 22, 2013

  • Directed by
    YOON Jong-chan
    Starring HAN Suk-kyu, LEE Je-hoon, OH Dal-soo, CHO Jin-woong, KANG So-ra, LEE Jae-yong
    Release Date March 14, 2013
      
    Sang-jin (HAN Suk-kyu) is a temperamental music teacher who at one time was considered a very promising opera singer, but who currently works in a rural high school for the arts. One day he learns with annoyance that he has been assigned to teach a new student named Jang-ho (LEE Je-hoon). Jang-ho is no ordinary student: he is part of a criminal gang, and despite his young age he leads a group of tough-looking thugs. Most of the other teachers take care not to antagonize Jang-ho, but Sang-jin can’t suppress his dislike for the young man and his casual disregard for school rules. However Jang-ho is anxious to learn music, and as it turns out, he has quite an extraordinary voice.
     
    Based on a true story, My Paparotti is a human drama that is drawing most attention for the acting performances of its two leads. HAN Suk-kyu has been demonstrating his outstanding acting skills since the 1990s, and he has returned to the spotlight in recent times in the TV drama A Tree with Deep Roots and the action blockbuster The Berlin File. LEE Je-hoon, meanwhile, has quickly gained recognition as one of the most talented actors of his generation in films like Architecture 101 and Bleak Night. Although there are many characters who appear in My Paparotti, the relationship between the teacher played by HAN and the student played by LEE is the film’s central point of interest, and the two actors deliver very impressive performances.
     
    Director YOON Jong-chan first drew attention in the film industry in the late 1990s, with his short films Playback and Memento that were made while he was studying at Syracuse University. He has shot films in a range of different genres, from the acclaimed horror film Gooseflesh (2001) to biopic Blue Swallow (2005) and the love story I Am Happy (2008) set in a mental institution. My Paparotti feels in many ways like his most mainstream feature to date, and although it has not opened as strongly as some other recent hit films, it has succeeded in climbing up to the #1 position in the box office.
     
    My Paparotti is distributed and sold internationally by Showbox/Mediaplex, and it received its market premiere at FILMART in Hong Kong.
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