It feels like we’re constantly hearing of pop stars venturing forth into acting, and this time it’s rock-ish pop singer Younha who’ll give it a shot. She makes her acting debut in a Japanese film, titled Next Sunday, and explained that the director, Kenmochi Satoki, “saw me singing on a Japanese program, came upon an idea and had the script written. After hearing that, I couldn’t turn down this role.”
Younha has actually already appeared in a short film in 2005, but this project is considered her official acting debut. The movie is described as a “quietly drawn film” that follows a young Korean woman studying in Japan who falls in love with an older Japanese man.
She explained, “The crew is all Japanese, and so is the dialogue. Although it’s produced in Japan and is a ’99% made in Japan’ film, since the movie deals with the lead girl’s development, there will be some Korean spoken too.”
About the movie: “I think of it as a movie that quietly shows the inner thoughts and feelings of a main character who realizes, through watching the hardships of a lowly cleaner, that everybody undergoes struggles.”
Seems like every pop star these days wants to become a movie star, doesn’t it? I bet if you canvassed the current players on the kpop scene, we’d find that most of them harbor acting aspirations and see their kpop work as more of a “starter” career. Still, enough pop stars have crossed over successfully that one can’t be dismissed for wanting to make the effort.
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