“No distortion of history”… ‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ Kim Yoo-jung X Ahn Hyo-seop X Gong Myung, will they avoid the controversy over fantasy historical dramas?
SBS will present a new historical drama after “Joseon Exorcist”, which ended due to controversy over historical distortion. Director Jang Tae-yu, who dealt with the story of a chemist through the drama ‘The Garden of the Wind’, and Kim Yoo-jung, a ‘historical fairy’ who played an active role in ‘Moonlight Drawn by Clouds’, joined hands once again through the new Monday-Tuesday drama ‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’.
On the afternoon of the 26th, a press conference for ‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ was held. The event was broadcast live online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and director Jang Tae-yu and actors Kim Yu-jeong, Ahn Hyo-seop, Gong Myung and Kwak Si-yang attended.
On this day, director Jang Tae-yu explained, “This is a fantasy historical drama that focuses on romance. Unlike other political historical dramas or dramas that contain melodrama, it contains melodrama, fantasy, and historical fun together.”
When asked about the differences from his previous works, director Jang said, “It is a drama that combines all of ‘My Love from the Star’, ‘Deep Rooted Tree’, and ‘Garden of the Wind’ have a strong political character. ‘The Garden of the Wind’ was a historical drama where a chemist appeared and the artistic side was emphasized.” He said, “‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ is a genius chemist who is the main character, Haram who lives with fantasy elements, There is a historical background in which the battle of the great Yang Myung army is laid. It is a work that encompasses everything.”
Director Jang, who majored in design, said about the point of art directing, “I think the reason I proposed ‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ to me was because I did ‘The Garden of the Wind’. I was hired and selected each painting by myself and put great effort into making it. All the actors went to the artist’s studio to learn and film. ‘ he said.
Regarding the casting criteria, he said, “Basically, it’s an orthodox romance that can’t receive power unless it is supported by acting skills.” He continued, “Hong Chun-ki has a code called a thrifty beauty. It is in history. Haram is a handsome man that Hong Chun-ki received.” He said, “I met Kim Yoo-jung and Ahn Hyo-seop with two elements, and it was really difficult.”
He continued, “Great military commander Yangmyeong is the most famous commander in history. He was cast at the end of three high school years, thinking that he had to find an actor with a rich sense of humor like Gongmyeong, and the appearance and appearance suitable for the army.” “I had to support Mu-in’s temperament, charisma, and acting ability from a strong voice. It was cast with a very complex combination. It was really difficult. I think it will be difficult to cast like this again.”
Director Jang Tae-yu, who has been dealing with female painters again following ‘Painter of the Wind’, said, “I was able to solve the regret about the painting that I couldn’t express at that time in this drama.” did. Previously, the SBS historical drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’ was abolished due to controversy over historical distortion. Regarding this, director Jang Tae-yu said, “I thought a lot about that part.” “Unlike the original, we built a fantasy world called the Dan dynasty, a hypothetical country.
Kim Yoo-jung takes on the role of Hong Cheon-gi, a genius painter of Baek Yu-hwa. About her character, she said, “I am strong and bright. A courageous friend who overcomes the terrible fate that she has in her own way.”
Kim Yoo-jung returned to the historical drama after 5 years of ‘Moonlight Drawn by Clouds’. Regarding this, she said, “It wasn’t because I was good at it, so I got a lot of compliments that it suited the genre of historical drama well while I was making it with a lot of people.” I tried to keep the historical evidence well, but not to get too caught up in that frame. There are times when my actions and speech are limited, but I try to be as natural as possible and to make it easier for viewers to understand.”
When asked why she chose the work, Kim Yoo-jung said, “I had a lot of fun reading the original novel ‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ in the past. The charm of Lovers Of The Red Sky’s character was great. Although there is a setting of being the only female chemist and a thrifty woman, in other historical dramas, she lives courageously. It was different from the female character in the movie,” she said. Regarding the difference with Shin Yun-bok’s role in ‘The Garden of the Wind’, she said, “The characteristic of Hong Cheon-ki is not that it is a clearly displayed talent, but rather a genius that she does not know.
During the conversation with the director, I thought a lot about how my talent would be expressed when the viewers saw it.” Director Jang said, “Hong Chun-ki does not simply look at things and draws them, but imagines them and sees through the essence.” He added, “I worked hard to express Lovers Of The Red Sky.” I often visit the painter’s studio and try to express hand gestures and even the smallest details. I think a lot of people will know that there were various works of chemical artists in the past.”
Ahn Hyo-seop transforms into Haram, a man who counts the stars. Regarding his role, he said, “He is a scholar who reads the constellations in the sky. He is a man of misfortune who lost both eyes due to a mysterious incident he experienced as a child. It has a face of cotton,” he explained.
Regarding the reason for choosing the work, he said, “Among the works that I have seen and grown since I was young, there were many works by director Jang Tae-yu. So, I decided to appear with the intention of trying it out.” Regarding the difficulties while acting, he confessed, “I can see ahead, but pretending not to see it was difficult. I usually think that there is power that comes out of people’s eyes when acting, but it was difficult because I tried to act only with sound without it.”
When asked about the charm of historical dramas, Ahn Hyo-seop said, “It was good to act in an era I had never lived before. It was fun to indirectly experience a culture and tone that I had never experienced before. Every little experience, such as wearing a hanbok and playing the geomungo, was precious. “He said. He continued, “I was unfamiliar with the instrument called the geomungo. I encountered the piano or violin when I was young, but it was a very different instrument. It took a long time to learn the sense in the beginning.” He said, “The attitude towards the geomungo is different. I thought a lot internally because I thought it would be important.”
Gong Myung plays the role of Lee Yul-ro, the Yangmyeong Daegun who is in search of beauty. He said, “I love art and am good at poetry, calligraphy, and painting, so it is called Samjeol. It has depth and dignity befitting a large army,” he said, “and has serious charisma.”
He continued, “I felt a new charm when I first encountered paintings and calligraphy because Yang Myeong liked art.” He said, “I learned how to think about paintings, what parts to express and how to view them, rather than drawing hard like Kim Yoo-jung.”
Then, “I learned calligraphy myself, and it was fun because I was able to concentrate and feel calm,” he said.
Kwak Si-yang plays the second prince of the Dan dynasty, Joo Hyang Dae-gun. Regarding his role, he explained, “Because he had an older brother, he was a resourceful man who longed for the king.”
When asked what he was most concerned about, he said, “The first thing I see is the external part, so I prepared a lot.” “I made a beard and scars and did eye makeup that I had never done before. Also, I wore a lot of dark clothes. I thought,” he said.
He continued, “Daejun Joo Hyang is very angry. That was the most difficult thing while filming.” “I think it was filmed in a sensitive state.
He continued, “When I went to film or when I came back home, I had no energy. I thought about it too much, and I felt a sense of pressure.”
Kwak Si-yang said, “He is a fictional character that does not appear in the original work. It is a device that gives tension to the play,” said Kwak Si-yang. There were many,” he said.
Regarding his love line with Kim Yoo-jung, Hyo-seop Ahn said, “The more we meet, the more we can’t fall for the pain. The romance between Yang Dae-gun and Hong Cheon-gi is always pleasant and looks so pretty. If it’s really for Hong Cheon-ki, I think we should spend it even if we love her.” said.
Gong Myung then said, “Even though he has a position as a military officer and a chemical engineer, there is a point in the way he fights like a friend.” Hearing this, Kim Yoo-jung said, “Is it okay not to listen to my opinions?” and Kwak Si-yang said, “I do more with what I have,” and laughed.
Regarding the two lovelines, Kim Yoo-jung said, “They have different charms. It’s a fateful story where you feel a strong attraction to Harang from the beginning. There are a lot of sadness and melodrama. There are also many fun elements.” Although there are difficulties in his status, he is close to Hong Chun-gi because he has a kind personality to everyone. It feels funny, and cute.”
Director Jang Tae-yu praised the chemistry between the actors, saying, “In a word, it’s crazy chemistry. It was an atmosphere that took care of it on set. I just had to turn the camera.” Kim Yoo-jung said, “The atmosphere was very good. We talked a lot, starting with small things. The director also talked about it.”
Director Jang Tae-yu said, “I didn’t know I was this old. I was with Kim Yoo-jung when she was in elementary school. That was 13 years ago. We worked together when she was 10.” He said, “I thought I was an acting prodigy back then, but now She’s grown up to be a full-fledged female lead. It has become. I think you will be able to see it anew as an adult actor, Kim Yoo-jung.”
Ahn Hyo-seop said, “I relied a lot on the other actor. I am a few years older than Kim Yoo-jung, who has the most, but I have more experience than I do, so I just had to accept the role. It was nice to be able to act easily.” It was always fun when I was with the sheep.” Director Jang then said, “Ahn Hyo-seop said this humbly. You will be surprised. You will see a new side that you have never seen in ‘Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim.’ He said, “I acted as if there were two personalities. It was quite difficult acting.”
Gong Myung said, “The most important point of ‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ was the chemistry of all the actors who appeared together.” He continued, “Even when we met for the first time, it was a very comfortable and fun atmosphere to shoot.” Director Jang added, “We met a lot before filming. So I think the set was comfortable.” Kwak Siyang said, “I think a lot of people will envy me. I could feel the joy just by going to the set. I could feel how much fun the angel-like Kim Yoo-jung and the male actors with halos were.” Director Jang praised, “The fun of the drama lies on the axis of evil.” He praised, “I wondered if Kwak Si-yang would be able to act that badly, but he showed an explosive performance while exuding amazing charisma. The rest of the roles made him shine even more.”
Lastly, director Jang Tae-yu said, “If viewers don’t make too much cuts and watch it as a drama with a comfortable mind, they will be able to feel a lot of fun and emotion.”
Kim Yoo-jung said, “It’s a drama with a lot of charm. A lot of actors and the production team went through hardships together and had fun filming. I hope you enjoy watching it that much.”
Ahn Hyo-seop said, “It’s a work where all the staff worked hard even when you couldn’t see it. That’s why it means a lot to me.” Gong Myung said, “I’m also looking forward to it. he emphasized. Kwak Siyang said briefly, “It’s guaranteed to have fun. Please look forward to it.”
‘Lovers Of The Red Sky’ will premiere on the 30th at 10 PM.