Oct 29, 2015 | 10:50 AM EDT

Gong Yoo And Jeon Do Yeon Star In A Story Of Forbidden Love

BY Julie Jones

In the film "A Man and A Woman," actors Gong Yoo and Jeon Do Yeon play two characters that fall in love. But theirs is a forbidden love. While their connection provides them with moments of incandescent happiness, they both have commitments that such love will endanger.

The story takes place in Finland. Gong plays an architect named Ki Hong. He lives in snow-covered Helsinki for work and his home life is not happy. Jeon plays Sang Min, a woman who comes to Finland so she can send her autistic son to a special camp. That's where they meet and connect. They feel comfortable with each other. And when a heavy snowfall strands them in a cabin overnight, they sleep together. The next day they vow to go their separate ways without learning each other's names. But that's not the end of their affair or the repercussions it will have on both their families.

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What attracted the actors to this film?

Gong Yoo has not appeared in a drama since the 2012 drama "Big" but he has appeared in a few films. The roles he has taken show that he's not afraid of a challenge or a dramatic subject. He appeared in the film "The Crucible," a film about child abuse that sparked so much outrage in Korea it led to changes in legislation. In 2013, Goo starred in the film "The Suspect," playing a North Korean spy. This year he can also be seen in "Busan Bound."

In W Korea's November issue, Gong Yoo said that he saw "A Man and A Woman" as having a strong story, but there were two reasons he quickly decided on the role.

"It did not take much time for me to choose the movie because I wanted to do a melodrama and I wanted to work with actress Jeon Do Yeon," said Goo.

For Jeon Do Yeon, it was a chance to work again with the director Lee Yoon Ki.  His 2008 film "My Dear Enemy" was one of her favorite films to work on.

"The director is well known for his dry style in dealing with emotions. I wondered how that style would turn out in "A Man and A Woman" and that's the reason why I chose "A Man and A Woman."

The award-winning actress played a con artist in the caper film "Countdown," which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2013 she played an unjustly accused woman in "Way Back Home." This year she appears in the thriller "The Shameless" and the historical film "Memories of the Sword." 

"A Man and A Woman" will be released in the first half of 2016.

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