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5 Reasons To Watch Park Seo Joon and IU’s ‘Dream’

South Korean A-listers Park Seo Joon and IU in a football-themed movie? Bring out the soda and popcorn, count us in!

Laugh. Cry. Laugh even more. Get inspired.

The highly-anticipated Korean sports comedy movie Dream, which was announced in 2020, was finally released this year in the cinemas and on streaming giant Netflix to fans’ absolute delight and excitement. The movie opened at first place in South Korean box office during its first week of release and is currently the third highest-grossing Korean film of 2023. This is considered a huge deal as cinemas struggle to bring back the pre-pandemic moviegoers to theaters.

A film helmed by box office director Lee Byeong Heon (Extreme Job), the movie follows the story of football player Yoon Hong Dae (Park Seo Joon) who got in trouble for an incident and receives a disciplinary probation in light of his misbehavior. While on a break, he was tasked to coach a national team for the Homeless World Cup and was joined by aspiring director Lee So Min (IU) to work on a documentary about the team.

In an interview before the release of the movie, IU tells Soompi about what got her onboard the Dream project.

“It was about four years ago when I first received the script. At that time, I had a strong thirst for [taking on] a bright character because I had done a few dark characters with lots of backstories in a row. I couldn’t help but be attracted to the character So Min,” IU said.

“I had high expectations for filming together [with Park Seo Joon]. Park Seo Joon is a flexible and quick-witted actor. We started filming with some nervousness without having talked much in private, but it was rather comfortable once filming started,” the singer-actress added.

In an article on Naver, Park Seo Joon expressed the same feelings on working with IU.

“I'm a really big fan. I'm grateful that I can work together with her on this film. I hoped that we had fun while filming and in reality, we did well and were having fun. Rather, I actually felt a little bit of regret. I think it will be fun if we reunite on another project next time,” Park Seo Joon remarked.

Metro.Style gives you a rundown on what makes Dream the perfect comfort movie to watch these days.

Park Seo Joon and IU’s ‘bickering’ chemistry.

If you’re expecting a love line between these two attractive stars, this isn’t the movie for you. After all, this isn’t about romance. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t get to see and feel the overwhelming chemistry that Park Seo Joon and IU have especially when they’re bickering and trading barbs onscreen. The two actors displayed hilarious comedic timing and showed off this side of them that’s rarely seen. In this movie, both Park Seo Joon and IU got to be at their most outrageous and they even got to flip a finger to each other.

The colorful characters of football team.

Don’t be mistaken. Park Seo Joon and IU may be treated as main leads here but the heart of the movie belongs to the colorful assembly of the homeless people who formed a football team played by Kim Jong Soo, Ko Chang Seok, Jung Seung Gil, Lee Hyun Woo, Yang Hyun Min and Hong Ahn Pyo. Actor Heo Joon Seok played the secretary general of the club. In this movie, we see a former CEO who turned homeless because of his wrong choices in life, a homeless person rescued by a PWD, a young man who tragically lost someone, a man with a mood disorder and even a closeted homeless man. The acting was topnotch and the background story of each character was heart-wrenching. Prepare tissues for scenes you may not be emotionally ready for.

Exciting football game scenes.

If you’re heavily into football, there are exciting scenes to watch from the beginning and the end with Park Seo Joon as the athlete and the scenes featuring the national team at the Homeless World Cup set in the picturesque Hungary. The movie felt like watching sports in real-time too! It’s incredible how the director was able to pull off the pacing and the scale of football games and translate these into enthralling movie scenes.

Unforgettable lessons in life.

There are so many lessons to pick up from this movie but there are two standouts. First, everyone has a unique background and unique story to tell so don’t be so quick to judge. People wear defense mechanism as armor at times but don’t be fooled. Most of the time, behind an exterior is an important story that explains why one behaves a certain way. The world will be a better place if we try to understand one another. Second would be: winning isn’t everything. In this life, you win some, you lose some. The journey is always central to our growth. In this case, the camaraderie, teamwork, and passion for the goal that bring people together make the challenging journey worth it in the end.

Bonus: A surprise cameo.

A K-Drama or a K-movie fan is in for a delightful treat as you watch this movie. Another top actor who worked with both Park Seo Joon and IU in other acting projects gamely showed up for a cameo and it’s always a nice surprise to see his handsome face and magnetic presence on a movie like Dream.

What are you waiting for? Tune in to Netflix, get your sports on and Dream!

Lead photos from Netflix Asia on YouTube

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