We were informed that the staff would have their dinner around 6PM, so our members departed at 3PM. Upon arriving at the filming set around 4:30PM, there was a coffee truck right in front of us.
Initially, we thought it was sent by another fansite but the logo was nowhere to be found. So we asked the coffee truck owner and found out it was sent by IU, and we instantly went:
We also noticed a few new unseen photos of IU and took many pictures of them. We wanted to share with other uaenas but the staff told us not to leak it as for now (to prevent spoilers), so we could only…
Since we were kind of late to the set, so we proceeded to pack the 100 gift bags for the staff members while scanning the set from time to time to look out for IU’s arrival.
While waiting for the clock to hit 7, one of the staff PDs saw the gifts we prepared and exclaimed “Daebak (amazing), there are bucket hats too!” while trying out one of it. He took a dozen of it away and told us that he would pass on the remaining hats to staff from other teams.
One of our members then saw a white van coming from afar and wondered if it was IU’s. Turns out if was indeed hers as Hyeseon and Hanteo got down from the car, and closely followed by IU in her tracksuit and mask with no makeup. (looking so smol)
She greeted us first and said she would be right back after putting on her makeup.
While waiting for her, manager Hanteo tried to put on the bucket hat but failed as the size didn’t fit his head. He also greeted us and asked whether we had the coffee (by IU) or not.
Around 7PM, actor Yeo Jin Goo got changed (clothing) and had dinner with most of the staff members. Some of the staff knew we were Chinese fans and expressed their gratitude too.
At last, IU finally came out after the makeover!!! She looked so elegant in her black dress (a bit see-through) and long curly hair. She greeted the staff and headed to the buffet section.
Since there were quite a handy of seats being occupied by the staff, so we waited patiently for them to leave before joining IU for dinner. IU waved her hands passionately and told us to “come quickly!”
Upon finding out that we had yet to take our dinner, she urged us to get some food and join her for dinner. We were taken aback as IU exclaimed “好吃!” (yummy in chinese)
IU tried her best to speak in Chinese since there were two members who didn’t understand Korean. She was worried that we waited her for too long in the cold weather and told us to be careful not to catch a cold (so thoughtful). Even looking at her from such close distance, her face was only this small…
She wore moon-shaped earrings and necklace, and red nail polish. She was so tiny and thin that she could pass being a skeleton (lol)… Her outfit was slightly see through and that made us a tad bit shy…
IU was touched upon seeing the poster made up of pictures of C-uaenas writing “We are with IU” and told us to thank everyone who’s contributed in it.
As IU read through our donation certificate, she told us that she’s impressed by our dedication of donating trees for the past 3 years to help the poor and said she would visit the place one day when she’s free.
We also let her have a look at her 10 years worth schedule book that we had previously compiled as well as the fan made calendar. She flipped through each page thoroughly and gasped at how young she looked back then. She also complimented us for our creativity and thoughtfulness.
IU was fascinated by the tea biscuits that we gave her and did the ‘hammering’ action with her hand and asked whether that’s how the biscuits were made (LOL)
One of our members was preparing the bucket hats for the staff and IU said the hats looked lovely but she couldn’t wear it since she’s got her hair done for the shooting. We reassured her that it’s fine. But when we explained to her that both sides of the hat are usable, she reached out for the hat almost immediately to put it on, but was fortunately stopped by us lol. We told her to wear it next time.
She also told us that the bottle with ‘Hotel Del Luna’ printed on it was so pretty, and would bring it everywhere with her to show it off to her fellow staff members on set (with her arrogant yet dorky face… like this:)
We prepared Fujian (Hokkien) white tea as a gift for the director, but since he wasn’t there yet, so the staff said they would pass it to him on behalf of us later on.
Q. How did you hurt your arm?
IU: (pulls up the sleeves) that’s the scar from a previous injury. I recently caught a cold so I went to get an IV drip. 不要感冒! (don’t catch a cold)
Q. Do you have to shoot all night for today as well?
IU: We’ll probably have to film till late night, but we wouldn’t pull an all-nighter today since we have some scenes to film early in the morning tomorrow.
Q. How do you usually learn Chinese?
IU: Mainly through listening to Chinese songs and translating the lyrics to Korean. Normally, I try learn pronounce the Chinese words based on Korean (pinyins/ romanization)
Uaena: Your mandarin skills are great!
IU: You’re complimenting me for my mandarin???! (SHOOK)
Q. You said ‘新年快乐’ (happy new year) early this year, how did you know that?
IU: I learned it previously and kept it in my mind.
Q. Do you usually enjoy listening to Chinese songs?
IU: These days i’ve been working on preparing my new album so I wouldn’t really listen to other songs. But you can gather some opinions from C-uaenas and let me know which Chinese songs you guys want me to sing~
Q. Will you hold concerts in China this year?
IU: We’ve been trying our best to contact organisers in Beijing and Shanghai, but it’s not as easy as it seems.
Uaena: C-uaenas haven’t seen you in a really long time, so we always attend your domestic and overseas concerts in Seoul, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
IU: I know lots of C-uaenas came to watch my Seoul concert last year. I’ll probably cry or get emotional/teary if I hold concert in China now since I haven’t seen you guys in a really long while.
(looking forward to it)
Though manager Hanteo told IU to get ready for the shoot, IU still took her time and signed for us patiently, her pinyin skills were great (as though a grade 4 student in elementary school)
She let IU TV PD and Hyeseon took pictures of her with the fansupport. She also told us to have some coffee before she left to get ready for the shoot.
“Dear EunKnight ♥
Hao Chi (yummy)!! Thank you very much…♥
I miss you guys
Becareful not to catch a cold! ♥♥
From IU Jieun”
Bonus by EunKnight: Since some members don’t understand Korean, so IU told others to translate for them since they seemed very curious about the conversation.
Source: IU-EunKnight @ Weibo
Translated by IUteamstarcandy
Kindly give full and proper credits, TQ!
Q. The 4 directors who participated in <Persona> made short films inspired by actress Lee Ji Eun’s own Persona. What kind of impression you got from actress Lee Ji Eun? How was it reflected in <Walking at Night>?
Kim Jong Kwan:
Actress Lee Ji Eun met the whole directors and production staffs at the first time through <Persona>. People has a lot of faces and it’s hard to determine people’s personality through first meeting but I could sense her loneliness. She looked tired and seemed to be exhausted. At that time I was depressed and I wanted to talk about my feelings to the actress. Then I wrote the scenario. This project is basically depends on the actress’ choices (whether she likes it or not) but actress Lee Ji Eun liked it as soon as she read the script. She could relate to the story. The movie it self was filmed almost without any changes in draft.
Q. <Persona> is actress Lee Ji Eun’s debut movie and <Walking at Night> was the first one to shot. I would like to hear the behind story of the filming preparation.
Kim Jong Kwan:
Prior to shooting, actress Lee Ji Eun acted quite seriously. The two met for the first time to discuss the scenario. Actress Lee Ji Eun came to a cafe in Seocheon, alone, wearing a hat and comfortable outfit. Briefly said hello and just talked about the scenario. They only talked briefly like that and it was very nice since they broke up (refers to their character in <Walking at Night>). Kind of similar to how actress Han Ye Ri works (<Phantoms of the Archive – 2014>, <Worst Woman – 2016>, <The Table – 2016>). Without any fuss, only talked about the main points yet still friendly. After that, I asked actress Lee Ji Eun to walk along the path of the shooting place at Jongno-gu, Gwonnong-dong. This time as well, actress Lee Ji Eun who had just finished her work, took a taxi alone to the shooting place. They walked through all important places and grasped the contents of the story. Prior the shooting, the actors discussed about the script thoroughly, it was pretty impressive.
Q. In <Shades of The Heart>, actress Lee Ji Eun played an important role who met Chang Seok, Mi Yeong. Immediately right after working together with Kim Jong Kwan PD in <Walking at Night> (Lee Ji Eun’s first movie debut).
Kim Jong Kwan:
I am very thankful. Working on <Walking at Night> made me think about human’s relationship, I told her comfortably ’I am preparing for the next project, the process is really fun.’ I do feel sorry. As she is an actress who receive so many scenario offers, I actually made a proposal for a job that would not make her any money. She read the scenario comfortably and told me that she want to play Mi Yeong’s character. It’s really a great support for me. Since Ji Eun played a ghost role in <Walking at Night>, she has act as a dead person once, she read Mi Yeong’s line using the same tone during script reading. During script reading with actor Yeon Woo Jin, Lee Ji Eun using her lonesome tone, the conversations were going slowly, their breathing were really good. It was just beautiful to hear the conversations flowing like water, without any big action. I just want to shoot/ film it nicely.
Q. Advantages of working together with actress Lee Ji Eun, tell us the merits.
Kim Jong Kwan:
Well-balanced actor. Through drama, her acting is well-established, and she is a fast learner. The dialogues in <Walking at Night> may not be easy to deliver. As a person who writes song lyrics by herself, the way she delivered the dialogue was rather poetic. <Walking at Night> was good, but I feel her acting in <Shades of The Heart> is much deeper.
Translated by: Erlinzhang
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(Translated by TeamStarCandy)