According to Japanese news Yomiuri Shimbun, the Korean movie version of “You’re my Pet” was initially scheduled to start filming in May. Its main actors (Jang Keun Suk, Kim Ha-neul, FT Island leader Choi Jong Hoon) and director Kim Byung Gon expressed their consolations and encouragement through their movie company to the people of Ibaraki prefecture, one of the earthquake-hit areas in eastern Japan.
The filming of the movie “You’re my Pet”, the Korean version adapted from the best-selling Japanese manga, had gained much support from state officials and enterprises in Ibaraki, an area known for its agriculture, and a big-scale press conference was held at Ibaraki airport on 3 March to announce the start of filming in Ibaraki in May. In the face of the unexpected natural disaster, besides conveying consolations from the actors and director, the movie company expressed that although the filming is currently scheduled to proceed as originally planned, there remains a possibility of change.
Below are the consolation messages from the actors.
Jang Keun Suk: Expressing my consolations to the victims of the earthquake. The earlier the re-building starts, the better. Praying that re-building in the disaster-hit areas will start as soon as possible. Please show your courage and vitality. Cheers, Japan!
Kim Ha-neul: Conveying my sadness and consolation as an ordinary person and not as an actor. My feelings sank when I saw reports on the disaster-hit areas. Praying that the aftermath of the disaster will not get more serious than it now is.
Choi Jong Hoon: Just went to Ibaraki recently to attend the movie’s press conference. Was very shocked and sad when I heard about the earthquake. Hope that the disaster-hit areas will become better soon. Hope to see the smiles back on the faces of the Japanese people. Cheers!
A point worth mentioning is the rocky development of the filming of “You’re my Pet”. First, Kim Hyung Joon quit the role of the male lead, which was then accepted by Jang Keun Suk. Towards the end of last year, JKS had already started dieting and dance lessons in preparation for his role as a ballet dancer, but the movie filming was delayed once again because the female lead could not be confirmed. Early this year, actress Kim Ha-neul was confirmed as the female lead, but not long after the Ibaraki press conference, the earthquake hit. The media reported that the Fukushima radiation leakage situation is still unstable and the movie company may face criticism if it changes the filming location. In such a dilemma, the possibility of the filming being delayed is quite high.