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(PIFF) 'Last Autumn' actors say language is not only way of interaction
By Kim Hyun
BUSAN, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- Playing a pair of Korean and Chinese outcasts briefly united in the United States posed language barriers for the lead actors of "Last Autumn," but the very challenge empowered them to strive to read each other's minds, the actors said Friday.

   The fourth remake of the 1966 Korean classic premiered during the Pusan International Film Festival, starring Tang Wei of China and Hyun Bin of Korea as one of the most famed Asian films at the event.

   "I acted for this film, feeling deeply that our eyes, our hands and our feet, every part of our bodies, are saying something," Tang, who starred in Ang Lee's award-winning "Lust, Caution," said in a press conference. "English is not the mother language for both of us, so we communicated this way."

  
Tang Wei, Kim Tae-yong and Hyun Bin (from L to R) in a press conference on "Late Autumn." (Yonhap)


Directed by Kim Tae-yong, "Last Autumn" portrays the fleeting sense of belonging the two strangers share during the brief relationship they form in Seattle. The Chinese woman is allowed a special leave for the first time in seven years since her imprisonment for killing her husband. On her way to Seattle, she lends a bus ticket to a man from Korea and receives his watch in return. When they reunite in Seattle, they develop feelings for each other and life turns rosy for a moment.

   Hyun Bin acknowledged acting in English with a Chinese actress challenged their interactions, but the two came up with more sensitive ways of communication.

   "I am different with Ms. Tang Wei in language and cultural aspects, so we couldn't get deep in talking about this film," he said. "That is my fault, but for those problems, I tried to express through my eyes and tried to convey my feelings even without words."

   The acclaimed original directed by the late Lee Man-hee evolves over the brief relationship between a female prisoner who is soon to be released and a fugitive man who gets arrested for his commitment to her.

   Kim said Tang's cast was the film producers' idea, and he wrote the scenario with Tang's picture beside him.

   "Two strangers who in fact have much in common meet in a strange place," the director said. "Thirty years have passed since the film (the third remake) was made, and I thought there would be more strange feelings now if the story is about a Chinese woman and a Korean man, rather than two Koreans."

   hkim@yna.co.kr
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