Chicago premiere of “Love, Lies” set for Wednesday’s closing night of Asian Pop-Up Cinema
On Wednesday, May 3rd, this year’s segment of the city’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema comes to a close with the Chicago premiere of “Love, Lies” directed by Park Heung-Sik. The event takes place at AMC River East 21 theatre at 322 East Illinois Street and tickets are still available. Merging drama and music in flourishing fashion, the film promises to be a special experience and a fitting conclusion to stellar Pop-Up Cinema slate.
“Love, Lies” stars the trio of Han Hyo-joo, Chun Woo-hee, Yoo Yeon-seok. Its saga chronicles So-yool and Yeon-hee, two best friends who long to become top performing artists in Seoul during the time of Japanese occupation in 1943 during World War II. Their friendship is brief and challenged as Yoon-woo, So-yool’s first love and songwriter, falls in love with Yeon-hee and her alluring voice. So-yool’s feelings of jealousy and inferiority towards Yeon-hee festers and escalates, leading her to make an impactful choice that destroys love and friendship.
Park Heung-Sik is renowned for his award-winning work on 2001's “I Wish I Had a Wife” and 2004’s “My Mother the Mermaid.” For “Love, Lies,” Park claims he wanted to express the most basic human desires, explaining
“I focused on the desires that stem from jealousy. If envy and jealousy form in one’s heart for someone else’s talents, their desires cannot be controlled. I wanted to portray the dramatic desires that many people can relate to.”