He’s a good man, Tom is. He’s got a gift, come from heaven above, I swear. But he’s still a man. And a woman can lead a man into the middle of a mountain lake—and still make him think he’s on dry land. —from The Horse Whisperer
The Horse Whisperer was on last night. Beautiful movie. I never think much about scripts, but I looked around, and found that particular screenplay on the internet. When you read it just after watching the movie—or during—you realize that while the words are strong, sometimes they’re only as strong as the person saying them. And while that shouldn’t be a revelation, it felt like one. You must have the right characters—or in this case, actors. You have to have the right fit to make it all work and come together. And it’s not easy. Sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw. But mostly it’s hard work.
Anyway, you want a lesson in good dialogue and characters, check out some scripts. Ones I pulled out of the bag: An Affair to Remember, Blade Runner, City of Joy, Dances With Wolves, Giant, Hotel Rwanda, It Happened One Night, Lethal Weapon 4, THX-1138, and The Princess Bride.
More and more South Korean men are finding wives outside of South Korea, where a surplus of bachelors, a lack of marriageable Korean partners and the rising social status of women have combined to shrink the domestic market for the marriage-minded male. Bachelors in China, India and other Asian nations, where the traditional preference for sons has created a disproportionate number of men now fighting over a smaller pool of women, are facing the same problem.
The rising status of women in the United States sent American men who were searching for more traditional wives to Russia in the 1990s. But the United States� more balanced population has not led to the shortage of potential brides and the thriving international marriage industry found in South Korea.
Now, that industry is seizing on an increasingly globalized marriage market and sending comparatively affluent Korean bachelors searching for brides in the poorer corners of China and Southeast and Central Asia. The marriage tours are fueling an explosive growth in marriages to foreigners in South Korea, a country whose ethnic homogeneity lies at the core of its self-identity.
Dude. So romantic.