The film The Book of Fish excited viewers by holding a sneak preview and relay guest visits.
The movie narrates a story of an exiled scholar Jeong Yak Jeon and a young fisherman, Chang Dae. After Jeong’s banishment to the Heuksando, he began to wonder about the sea rather than learning. Later, he meets with Chang, who wants to escape from the sea village. They gradually become friends and together they write ‘The book of fish .’ The movie team spent a special time meeting with various audiences, including history teachers, influencers, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, and officials from the National Library of Korea.
First, the technical advisor Lee Tae Won, and the writer Jung Myung Hyun attended the meeting for the members of the history community. There were in-depth talks about the movie and why they illustrate Jeong Yak Jeon instead of the better-known scholar Jeong Yak Yong. Notably, Byun Yo Han mentioned that to play Chang, a man of few records, he needed to seek Chang’s descendants in Heuksan. “I tried to study about Chang, what he could have seen at that time, and their message in the scenario,” he explained.
The National Library of Korea, which has the English version of the Book of Fish, joined the following event. As the book is a National Scientific Heritage, the officials attended the premiere to discuss its historical and educational value. It became more meaningful as the Ministry of Oceans Fisheries officials joined the event primarily because it depicts marine life in the late Joseon Dynasty.
After having special previews and guest visits with people from various fields, The Book of Fish will be released on March 31st.