Lim Soo-jung’s Movie Picks

최종수정 2011.03.04 21:19기사입력 2011.03.04 21:19

Lim Soo-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

Lim Soo-jung has always been a step away from reality. A statue-like girl seemingly secluded from the traces of everyday life and its weariness to remain in state of asepsis. Such left her no other choice but to turn her back on the cruel reality that claimed her sister’s life in “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003) or commit suicide after being unable to handle being separated with her lover in the TV series “Sorry, I Love You” (KBS, 2004). Her mind and body was in pain even in the happy moment that her love became fulfilled ("I’m A Cyborg But That’s Ok,” 2006) and had to see how love ends due to an illness in “Happiness” (2007). So when she played the part in which she got all mesmerized by the humongous strength that moved cars in film “WOOCHI” (2009), it just did not seem to suit her, for there was something about her that always reminded of a patient’s gown and antiseptic.

That was why Lim’s recent character as 'old maid' Ji-woo who gets pestered by her father in movie “Finding Mr. Destiny” (2010) seemed to deviate the furthest from the Lim we have known of so far. She was a thirty-something female employee at a company who can endure petty coffee orders from her seniors at the workplace and take responsibility for her mistakes, as well as someone who can be coquettish when she wants to be and sensitive enough to reminisce on the past but most of her time, just an ordinary woman too busy with work all day long. The task of transforming Lim -- who looks like a girl made of glass -- into an ordinary woman in her early thirties seemed anything but simple. However to the actress herself, Ji-woo was not a hard character to play for she perceived her as “having the same concerns and emotions that I myself actually do.” Instead of getting herself trapped inside a sketchbook as a distant image of somebody’s first love like in a certain TV commercial, this is Lim, a 30-year-old actress, who in her spare time, recommended movies that left a lasting image to she who dreams of becoming the “last love” instead of one's first love and dreams of “writing a book with her husband in a small cottage one day,” many years down the road.

1. "Gone With The Wind"
1939 | Victor Fleming

“I love old movies. 'Gone With The Wind,' was a movie I watched on TV and got blown away by. Young as I was, I still remember how I was impressed thinking 'So this is what we call a movie.' Since then, I've watched the film whenever I've gotten the chance. I would put myself in Scarlett O’Hara’s place or vow to myself that I'd meet someone like Rhett Butler. (laugh) The film became a classic for its brilliant combination of tales of those times and the romance, not to mention the power of story and its characters. I guess that is why most people deem the film unforgettable.”

The film which is based on a novel by Margaret Mitchell whose only work in her life was this book, was enough to go become legendary from the moment it was created. Having injected about six million dollars is a considerable sum in those times for the production gave birth to unprecedented characters, Scarlett O’Hara (Vivian Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

2. "Breakfast At Tiffany's"
1961 | Blake Edwards

“My favorite of all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies was ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ and among the scenes, when she played the guitar sitting next to a window. After seeing her playing the guitar next to the window with a towel on her head, I swore that I would one day learn to play guitar just like that. So I’m learning the guitar now to make that wish come true. I’m learning to play musical instruments just for fun but I would also like to appear in a musical film when the opportunity comes. I would play the guitar of course. My throat is too weak for me to play a vocalist. (laugh)"
You cannot leave “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” out when mentioning Audrey Hepburn as a fashion icon: the cruise look she donned when she played “Moon River” sitting next to the window and the bold sunglass she wore as she stood in front of the Tiffany’s jewelry store. But what lasts longer than her fashion was the aura of the great actress herself which proved that you can make a movie with the charm of an actress alone.

3. "Notting Hill"
1999 | Roger Mitchell

“This is my favorite movie among all of Hollywood's romantic comedies. I still watch it whenever I feel like it. I think I was able to sympathize with it more because the actress was the main character to the film. Although such things don't happen in reality, what Julia Roberts said to Hugh Grant in the end was unforgettable -- that she, just like everybody else, is a woman who wants to be loved by a man. Everybody sees her as a celebrity but that’s what she tells him, that she is no different from others, and turns back with tears glistening in her eyes. I was like ‘Wow, I could totally relate to that.’“ (laugh)

From a dramatic proposal at a press conference to the happy ending at the end, "Notting Hill" is equipped with all the elements necessary for a romantic comedy. Thanks to that, the soundtrack to the film “She” lingers in viewer's hearts longer.

4. "500 Days Of Summer"
2009 | Marc Webb

“This was a movie I was looking forward to watching since the day I heard of its production. I waited so long for this to come to Korea. Isn’t ‘500 Days…’ the cutest movie, just by itself? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, who played Tom and Summer, were just so adorable. The story by itself may sound sad and pathetic but it turned out to be quite refreshing thanks to its editing, the cinematic effects and acting of the cast."

Similar molars, similar teeth and similar habits. All the wonderful things about your lover stay valid only for as long as you stay with that person. After you separate, they all become nothing but ingredients to blame and curse the person who has left. The film presented the process of mental rehabilitation experienced by Tom (Gordon-Levitt) who denied everything about women, love and life after breaking up with Summer (Deschanel) in MTV-like style.

"La Vie En Rose (La Mome)"
2007 | Olivier Dahan

“All great artists have one thing in common be it in the field of music, acting, painting or writing. As much talent as they have drawn out from their lives, a darkness tends to lurk within. That's what happened to Edith Piaf in ' La Vie En Rose' too. Her life as well as love continued to be tragic. If she is a singer who sings with her voice, an actor can be described as someone who has to sing with every part of his or her body. That may be the reason I always gets interested and attracted to films that make movies out of the story of artists. It is also a privilege for an actor to act out the entire life of a certain character. I would like to land such role before wrapping up my acting career someday."

There are people whose lives epic just by itself -- someone like French singer Edith Piaf. From her life as a street girl who had to sing just to make a living to becoming a top singer in the nation, and the continuous tragedy that came after that, "La Vie En Rose" tells the story of one woman whose life was anything but 'rosy.'

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