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South Korean ‘Superman’ Movie Debuts This Month
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Scene from A Man Who Would Be SupermanWhile fans debate whether Brandon Routh or Brian Singer are going to show up for another Superman movie, South Korea will be releasing its own Superman film in this month.

And it’s not like any Superman movie ever made before.

The film is called Supermanyi Eodeon Sanayi or, in English, A Man Who Was Superman. Korean model/actress Ji-hyun Jun stars as Soo-jung Song, a documentary maker best known for human interest documentaries. Bored with her work, Soo-jung takes a camera from her film company to a local zoo to make a documentary about a lion refusing to eat.

While filming, her camera is stolen camera by a thief. The camera is quickly retrieved by a man in a Hawaiian shirt (played by actor Jeong-min Hwang) who claims to be Superman. He explains to Soo-jung that he has been rendered powerless by a villain who placed shards of Kryptonite in his head, but still does good deeds like rescuing lost dogs, persuading a man not to wander about naked in public — and sometimes regains enough power to stand on his head and push the Earth away from a collision course with the Sun.

Soo-jung regards the would-be Superman as mentally ill, but thinks he would make a great subject for her next documentary. She films his story and calls it “Protect The Earth, Superman” and it becomes a hit. However, when Superman appears and takes Soo-Jung to a sewer where he claims a monster will emerge, she is overcome by sewage gas and taken to a hospital. While there, she and Superman are both examined and the doctors discover something unusual in his head …

A Man Who was Superman is directed by Yoon-Chul Jeong. The film is not yet been rated and is scheduled for release in Korean theaters on Jan. 31, 2008. Actress Ji-hyun Jun recently adopted the name Gianna Jun and will be featured later this year in a upcoming role in the U.S. film Blood: The Last Vampire.

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