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Lee Jun Ki’s new movie to open in Korea & Japan | 2007.03.05



The opening date of the joint Korean-Japanese movie “Virgin Snow” starring Korean actor Lee Jun-ki and Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki and directed by Han Sang-hee has been announced recently.

The movie, whose completion is slated for late March and which is entitled “First Love” in Japanese, will open across Japan in May during the “gold week,” with the premiere scheduled to take place at the Garden Cinema in Tokyo. Movies that open during the gold week — the longest holiday season of the year in Japan — compete fiercely. The production firm of “Virgin Snow” chose this period for the opening because it is more than confident in its success.

“Virgin Snow” is a story about a high school student named Min (played by Lee), who goes to Japan to study and falls in love with a young girl named Naname (played by Miyazaki), whose melancholic personality captivates his heart.

Miyazaki drew the spotlight for her role in the NHK TV drama “Synesthesia” and has emerged as a top star for her role in the movie “Nana.” Her role in “Virgin Snow” has already drawn significant attention from the Japanese media as she plays opposite Lee, whose status has rapidly elevated from a promising newcomer who debuted in the movie “King and the Clown” to a rising actor.

Meanwhile, Lee will hold his first meeting with his Japanese fans on March 10 in Osaka. The next day he will talk about his acting career during a talk show that will be recorded at the Swiss Hotel in Osaka. Both the meeting and the talk show, in which Lee will show off his charm as an actor and good dancer, are expected to boost his popularity as a top hallyu star. Moreover, “Virgin Snow,” which opens concurrently in Korea and Japan in May, will also solidify Lee’s status in Japan.

Source: KBS Global
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Lee Jun Ki Leaves for Japan to Promote “Virgin Snow” | 2007.04.04



Actor Lee Jun Ki left for Japan early Wednesday morning to promote “Virgin Snow,” a joint Korean-Japanese film in which he played the leading role.

Lee will hold a press conference with his co-star Miyazaki Aoi during the four-day visit. Lee’s agent explained that the Japanese media are greatly interested in “Virgin Snow” because of the rising popularity of the Korean idol actor and promising young actress Miyazaki.



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Lee Jun Ki in “Virgin Snow” Press Conference | 2007.04.08


Lee Jun Ki with Aoi Miyazaki

A press conference for the completion of the movie ‘First Snow’ was held in Harajuku of Tokyo on the 5th.

Director Han Sang Hee, the main cast Lee Jun Ki and Miyazaki Aoi, along with Moriyama Naotaro attended.

‘First Snow’ is the love story of high school student Min (Lee Jun Ki) who follows his father, a college professor and potter, to Kyoto and falls in love with Nanae (Miyazaki Aoi) at first site despite the language and cultural barrier.

Miyazaki Aoi commented that she studied Korean very hard while filming, but was able to become closer to Lee Jun Ki because they could not communicate in the same language.

“The language was not an obstacle, but rather an opportunity become closer. Because we could not know or deliver what each other thought without looking at watching them closely, we naturally became close communicating. And when people cannot communicate, they try harder to get to know the other person. I enjoy communicating with those who speak different languages.”

In regards to Miyazaki Aoi’s Korean, Lee Jun Ki commented, “Her pronunciation and accent of the Korean songs I taught her are charming, and she sounds very cute when speaking Korean. Even the atmosphere of the staff around her became brighter. Even if two people cannot communicate, good feelings towards each other can be delivered.”

He introduced ‘First Snow’ as a film that makes the heart warm. But a negative answer came back when asked if he believed in love coming true upon the first snow fall.

“I would like to say I believe it to promote the film, but I personally do not. But I do think that making a promise for when the first snow representing pureness falls brings about happiness. I even get excited thinking perhaps something good will happen when the first snow falls. First snow is like a present.”

Moriyama Naotaro who wrote and performed the theme song ‘Mirai (Future)’ says he fell in love with the movie.

“When watching the film to compose the song, I was constantly worried about their affectionate love. I was barely able to be relieved after seeing the ending. I truly thought it was a good thing.”

Moriyama performed the song live after the introduction.

Lee Jun Ki’s reputation in Japan is expected to rise with the movie ‘First Snow’ which will open on May 21st along with previous films ‘Hotel Venus,’ ‘The King and the Clown,’ and ‘Fly Daddy’ which also were released in Japan’s theaters.

Source: BroAsia.com
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Virgin Snow - 9th at Box Office | 2007.05.21

Lee Jun-ki’s full-scale advance into the Japanese market has been deemed a success.
The actor stars in the Korean-Japanese joint venture film Virgin Snow, which opened in Japan on the 12th. The film, starring Lee and popular Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki, is a love story set against the beautiful backdrop of Kyoto, Japan.

According to a Japanese entertainment site, Virgin Snow placed 9th at the box office last weekend, setting a record for a Korean film released in Japan. Last year, Hallyu actress Choi Ji-woo’s movie ,Now and Forever, and movie star Jang Dong-gun’s Typhoon opened in Japan, but their opening week box office stats fell short of Virgin Snow’s record.

The actor and his leading lady greeted fans at the movie’s premiere in Tokyo. Reservations for tickets for the movie’s opening day were sold out within 5 minutes and it is reported that online auction sites even sold tickets for almost 10 times their value.
Lee was surprised by more than 700 fans who gathered at Narita International Airport to greet the star when he arrived in Japan.

Source: RKI KBS
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“Virgin Snow” Rekindles the Memories of First Love | 2007.11.11



A beautiful, heartwarming love story that reminds us of our first love!

Today’s CINEMA SPOTLIGHT introduces you to “Virgin Snow,” a film that will make your heart flutter as if you just saw snow for the first time in your life.


Korean college student Kim Min moves to Kyoto with his father, a renowned professor of ceramics.
However, this rebellious young boy hates his father for dragging him all the way to this foreign country where he has to eat meals without a spoon.

One day at a local shrine, he encounters Nanae, a beautiful Japanese girl with a mysterious aura. Min falls in love with her at the first sight.

Min does not understand, nor can speak, a single word of Japanese.
However, he gets a chance to become Nanae’s friend by accidently damaging her art bag.

Despite the cultural and language barriers, the two are drawn to each other.
Meanwhile, Min starts to show interest in learning ceramics, which he despised, in order to make pottery for his new girl friend, Nanae.

Unlike Min, who is clumsy and often hot-tempered, Nanae is composed and has the ability to embrace everything with an open heart.

The young couple slowly begins to resemble one another and learns each other’s language.

Will they be able to overcome all obstacles and forge a beautiful international relationship?

Returning to the story, Min and Nanae promise to meet at a local festival on the 100th day of their dating.

Min gives a pig ceramics doll which he made by himself to Nanae in excitement.

However, she looks somewhat sad that day. Something must be disturbing her.

On the following day, Min realizes that Nana has suddenly disappeared without a word.
She cannot be found in her school nor her house.

After a long desperate search for Nanae, the heartbroken Min returns to Korea,
Will Nanae be able to keep her promise that she will come to Seoul and stroll under winter’s first snowfall with Min?

The beautiful cinematography and the refreshing love story of a Korean boy and a Japanese girl will fill the silver screen with the memories of your “first love”
Why don’t you indulge yourselves in the sweet love story, “Virgin Snow.”

Source: Arirang TV
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Lee Jun Ki praised for his emotional acting skills | 2008.08.23

Lee Jun Ki, the 26-year-old actor has recently finished filming for the SBS drama “Iljimae“.

He has previously been in the movie “The King and the Clown” and dramas “My Girl” and “Time Between Dog and Wolf - Drama” where he was the character who faced tragedies. And he is well praise for his ability to portray such complex tragic emotions rather than simply expressing sadness.

Lee Jun Ki is confident in acting these kinds of emotions and says that it is his proudest skill. He said that the “Iljimae” director has praised him for this.

His definition of artist is a person who plays the contents with passionate vitality which is one of the reasons for choosing to be in “Iljimae“. Lee said that people could be attracted to this drama because it was a historical fiction that was fused with a superhero story.

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Lee asked out Aoi, What?

Yes did you all know that at some point while filming this movie Lee Jun Ki hit on Aoi Miyazaki.
But yeah he said it in an interview that he asked Aoi out for a drink, but she said no she is seeing someone. At that point she was near marriage to her hubby, Sosuke Takaoka.
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"Virgin Snow" Movie News



Virgin Snow Review

Virgin Snow stars Lee Jun Ki as Min, a foreign-exchange student from Korea trying desperately to fit in to a school in Japan. He has to overcome some social stigmas about Korean boys, face bullies, and deal with a language barrier, all while trying to woo Nanae (Aoi Miyazaki).

This movie seemed like a gimmick to just fuse two of the biggest stars from different countries into one film. Unfortunately, the film's language barrier proved too much for the two stars, causing the dialogue between the two leads to be a bit too concise. Much of the communication between Min and Nanae relies on body language, and scenes where the two "connect" are scenes where one character is teaching another character a new word. The climax is a very stereotypical Korean drama situation where a misunderstanding ruins the relationship between the two lead characters. The resolution was also stereotypical. What I did think was interesting about the flick was the cultural distinction that the movie highlighted, namely, the social conservativeness of Japanese girls versus the flirty nature of Korean boys.

Lee Jun Ki's character of Min exemplifies the director's view of Korean men in general. Aggressive, goofy, and extremely flirty. In one scene he is shown wooing Nanae by jumping outside her classroom window, causing her to be extremely uncomfortable. Yet despite being a great actor, I felt that he didn't really get to show off his acting skills in this movie. His character was one-dimensional and at sometimes frustrating.

Aoi Miyazaki plays the shy Nanae, perhaps she also embodied the director's perception of Japanese women. Although conservative, she somehow falls in love with Lee Jun Ki's assertive character. She plays a girl with a troubled past and a somewhat sheltered life. It didn't seem like she had a lot of personality in this film, which was even worsened by the fact that there wasn't a lot of dialogue in the movie anyways.

Virgin Snow is only a mediocre movie. I believe it was an interesting concept, but with flat acting and a few plot devices that didn't work well. It was also very stereotypical, and while I'm not hating on Korean movies in general, I'm finding it harder to like Korean movies because they seem to be rehashing the same storylines.

Written by Lance

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