Filmmaker Park Chan-wook has made a debut as a producer for the forthcoming film "Miss Carrot" ("Crush and Blush"), raising expectations about his versatility. The movie, directed by Lee Kyoung-mi, portrays a 29-year-old Korean woman who teaches Russian in school, but confronts a slew of obstacles in her life, partly due to a frequently blushing face.
The title, "Hongdangmu", means a red radish in Korean, and it refers to a Korean expression linking the color of the vegetable with a person who blushes scarlet. "This is not a movie about great action or massive sets. What the movie can show, though, is people, and my confidence in the movie lies in the talent of the actors", Park told reporters at a news conference held in Seoul on Wednesday.
In the movie, Kong Hyo-jin plays Yang Mi-suk, the central character who stumbles into one frustrating situation after another. Kong said when she first saw the movie's promotional poster, she was surprised at her own face. Kong Hyo-jin changed into an unlikable old, single woman. "Hongdangmu" is a comedy about an annoying single woman who tries to prevent her crush from dating.
She takes a radical chance as she enters a war trying to defend the man she loves. She forms an alliance with the man's daughter and the school's loner Seo Jong-hee (Seo Woo) and stalks him. But she is always flushing and when she is in front of her crush, her face turns red like a radish.