Samsung Electronics to release short film ‘Two Lights: Relúmĭno’ in Japan

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-15 11:36:11
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▲ This file photo shows Park Hyung-sik, Han Jimin, and director Heo Jin-ho, taking poses at a press conference of “Two Lights” in 2017. (Yonhap)



▲ This photo, provided by Samsung Electronics, shows vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, experiencing ‘Relumino’ technology in 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, May 15 (Yonhap) -- “Two Lights,” produced by Samsung Electronics in 2017, opened in movie theaters in Japan for the first time in 5 years.

“Two Lights” is a film about ‘Relumino,’ an application for the disabled of low vision, which is invented by ‘C-Lab Inside,’ a venture development program of Samsung Electronics. It greatly attracted the attention of the public, hitting 20 million views in three weeks after its release through main SNS channels including YouTube.

According to the film industry on the 15th, “Two Lights” opened in three theaters at Tokyo and one theater at Osaka on the 13th, and is scheduled to open in next month at theaters of main cities in Japan, including Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Sendai, and Yamagata.

The release in Japan is reported to have been succeeded by Ogawa Shinji, the representative of a Japanese distributor ‘Bridge Head,’ selecting and introducing art films. Having been touched by the film, Ogawa asked around production companies, hoping, “I want to introduce the film to Japan by any means, even at my own expense.”

It is said that after receiving a call from Ogawa, the Korean corporation of Amuse, one of Japan’s top three entertainment companies, requested for cooperation to Ho Film, represented by director Heo Jin-ho, who directed the film, and the release in Japan was made as Heo gladly accepted the request.

“Two Lights” is a story about a man and a woman, who met at a photography club for the blind, getting close to each other while completing their photograph pieces. Actress Han Jimin acted ‘Soo-yeong,’ a blind aroma therapist living with bright smile and energy despite her disability, an actor Park Hyung-sik made a screen debut by acting ‘In-soo,’ a piano tuner who is gradually losing his sight.

The film has been a hot issue because it is directed by Heo Jin-ho, who directed “Christmas in August,” “One Fine Spring Day,” and “The Last Princess.”

The subject of the film, ‘Relumino,’ is an application which transforms a video originally seen through a camera into forms that are easy for the blind to recognize, by customizing to various types of visual impairment.

An official from Samsung Electronics said, “It is meaningful that a film created for practicing corporate social responsibility came to be released, being acknowledged of its sincerity and cinematic quality,” adding, “Samsung will continue contributing to human society, which is our business philosophy, through various ways.”

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Kim Jimin.)



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