Actor Song Seung-heon [MBC]
Song Seung-heon is perfect for the role of any melodrama -- but not just for his dreamy looks that seem like Prince Charming. What really helped him come this far or at the very least, allowed him to take a leap in his career, was ironically when he played the guy who will do everything for love and certainly not without flaws.
It was his TV debut role in MBC sitcom “Three Men, Three Women (1996),” that such imperfect and humane nature he revealed in the story with his dried-up sense of humor so unbecoming of his handsome features, what helped viewers to relax and warm up to him as a sweetheart on the screen.
In KBS smash hit series “Autumn Fairy Tale (2000)” that cemented his path to success, Song played a meek, teary guy who hesitated at every obstacle that stood between him and the girl he loves. In a way Song’s tendency to just be with the girl he loves and silently keeping an eye on her, came off as a lot more considerate, tender and warmer than the treatment one might get from a macho guy who would simply exercise his power to get a girl.
But Song’s filmography tells otherwise of what Song wanted himself to become. It was rather his long journey to erase whatever “weakling” image there exists of himself. Since “Autumn Fairy Tale,” some of the roles he took in films from “Once Run (2002)” “Geunomeun Meoshiteotda (2004)” “Fate (2008)” and "A Better Tomorrow (2010),” had him appear as either a delinquent, a bully or a gangster. Although it was his way of trying to re-invent himself as an actor amidst the world of men, this also left many of Song’s fans from his sentimental works only missing the softer side to him more. So if you are one of those fans who wish to see him in love, 10Asia recommends you to calm the fever with romantic films picked by Song himself. Below are the choice of films -- films that would have undoubtedly suited Song playing the main character -- handpicked by the man himself who said has "fallen in love at first sight before" and "boldly expressing feelings to the person I love.”
1990 | Jerry Zucker
2. Notting Hill
1999 | Roger Michell
From the moments of the press conference to the dramatic proposal that leads up to the final happy ending, “Notting Hill” has everything needed for a romantic comedy. Its theme song “She” only leaves the film lingering in the viewer's mind for a longer time.
3. Meet Joe Black
1998 | Martin Brest
Brad Pitt, who dies in the story to become an angel of death, is actually closer to just a plain angel. Unlike the mature Brad we know these days, Brad Pitt in this movie is still filled with freshness that makes him perfect for the melodrama.
4. A Walk To Remember
2002 | Adam Shankman
“Week to Remember” is a typical heart-stinging melodrama. Young lovers facing terminal illness may sound cliche but at the same time makes the story that much more sincere.
5. Leaving Las Vegas
1995 | Mike Figgis
We know where Las Vegas is on the map but the one depicted in the movie is filled with a surreal air. The location marks the beginning of love and death simultaneously, making the time-limited love between the two characters more painful and that much lasting in memory. Nicolas Cage was at the height of his acting career around this time, the role earning him the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 68th Academy Awards.
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