Im Shi-wan chooses period film Thoughts of Oppa
It seems like everyone’s been waiting on pins and needles for Im Shi-wan to choose his follow-up project to last year’s hit drama Misaeng. For good reason too, since expectations are high for the idol-actor who turned heads in his big screen debut (The Attorney opposite Song Kang-ho) and then became the mascot of the Everyman as Misaeng’s Jang Geu-rae. For a while after the series ended, we just kept hearing about all the offers that were pouring in, but he’s finally picked one: a period movie called Thoughts of Oppa.
The new project comes from director Lee Han of Wandeuki and Elegant Lies, and will be an emotionally stirring human drama much in the same vein. This one is set in 1950 during the early Korean War, and tells the story of a children’s choir that really existed at the time. It’s about a group of children who have lost everything during the war and a soldier who wants to protect them, and the beautiful music that they create together.
Im Shi-wan has signed on to play the second lieutenant who’s scarred from his experiences in war but represses his pain and carries on, quietly and resolutely. He meets a group of children who have also suffered loss, and they begin to change him slowly, bringing out his warm and caring side. He conducts them in a choir, and together they become a “miracle sung in the middle of a battlefield.”
It’ll be a tearjerker for sure, but I never mind tears when they’re the uplifting kind. It won’t be a huge departure for Im Shi-wan to play the reserved hero who slowly opens up and lets others in, but I know he’ll be great at it. I’m excited for the director-actor collaboration, and to see Im Shi-wan ease out of being Jang Geu-rae. (Even though he’ll always be Jang Geu-rae, won’t he?)
Thoughts of Oppa plans to start shooting next month.
Via Hankook Ilbo
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