Kim Byul plays rock guitarist for new film
Kim Byul (Baby and Me) is one of those actresses I think ought to be working more, and getting more recognition, based on the sparks of potential she’s shown in her career thus far. Perhaps this new project will be her chance, as she’s landed the lead female role in a movie titled Dangerous Thrill, alongside actor Yoon Je-moon of Midas and IRIS.
The movie unfolds around an ordinary government employee (Yoon) who possesses a strict sense of composure — a description that always means he’s about to lose that, right quick. And sure enough, when he goes to Seoul’s (hipster-y, rock-music hub) Hongdae neighborhood for a bust, he has a chance encounter with some youngsters in an indie band, and that sparks a sudden change in his life.
Kim Byul plays a “chic guitarist” named Mi-sun, described as a young woman who knows exactly what she wants and what she’s capable of doing. She’s sharp and realistic, and at 16 years Yoon’s junior, it remains to be seen (according to promo descriptions) how their relationship will evolve.
All in all, we’ve only got a vague description of the movie’s setup, so we’ll have to read between the lines: I predict some classic fish-out-of-water scenarios and some existential struggles, with some thoughtful bonding moments sprinkled throughout. The film comes from director Gu Ja-hong, who also did the 2004 action-comedy The Last Wolf (which starred Yang Dong-geun and Hwang Jung-min), so I’m going to expect some humor, although Dangerous Thrill is described as drama.
As I said, I think Kim Byul has shown bits of her charm and talent, but hasn’t gotten a proper chance to show audiences what she can do. She was winsome in one of her earliest roles, Taereung National Village, where she acted with future stars Lee Min-ki and Lee Seon-kyun; she also acted with Jang Geun-seok (Baby and Me) and Kim Bum (Biasang), as well as Eric in the silly sageuk drama Strongest Chil-woo. So, she’s had some big-name co-stars. Yet she’s still sort of coasting under the radar, waiting for her breakthrough.
Frankly, I don’t know that this’ll be it, but I’m all for seeing more of her bubbly, quirky appeal. Maybe one of these days she’ll score her big drama moment.
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