With the Pusan International Film Festival just a day away, stars are preparing to make their appearances, including Sung Yuri and Jang Hyuk, whose new film Rabbit and Lizard [토끼와 리저드] screens there.
This PIFF screening precedes the movie’s wide release later this month (which will be on October 22), and will be accompanied by an October 9 talk session with and an October 10 fan signing. (Watch preview below.)
Rabbit and Lizard is a melodrama-romance that follows the story of May (Sung Yuri), a woman adopted to the States who comes to Korea in search of her birth mother. Jang Hyuk plays a man suffering from a heart disease who may die at any moment. I’ll admit that the movie description hasn’t done much to excite me, but the preview gives it a nice, emotional touch.
Director Joo Ji-hong said of his lead actress in her film debut, “I think she absorbed the May character perfectly. Even though it’s her first film, she showed deep introspection and a sensitivity to her acting.”
Sung Yuri has been dogged with criticism throughout her career for her acting skills. At a recent press conference, she addressed those instances, saying, “In the past, I wanted to shoot a movie, but I felt a lot of pressure. It was burdensome to think of how my face would take up the entire screen and that my acting would be revealed to the whole world.” (I think she has improved a lot, but I’m confused by her sentiment — does that mean she feels “safe” in dramas to be less-than-skilled in her acting?)
Co-star Jang Hyuk said of Sung, “As we worked together on the film, I sensed that she is a sincere actor, and I think you will be surprised to see her acting.”
Sung added, “One advantage of being an idol-turned-actor is that I can stand in front of cameras more comfortably. However, I think you feel people’s interest and expectations more, and people’s reviews can be harsher so it’s easier to feel hurt. I’ve felt hurt because of mean reviews before, and it’s a problem I have to overcome.”
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