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Ko Hyeon-jeong to Debut on Big Screen

2006/04/18 | 157 views |  | Permalink | Source

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By Bae Keun-min
Staff Reporter

Actress Ko Hyeon-jeong will appear on the big screen this fall.

Director Hong Sang-soo began shooting his seventh film last week, "Woman on the Beach (Haebyonui Yoin)", which will be Ko's film debut in her 10-year acting career.

"You know the feeling of receiving a real diary as a gift for the first time when you were young, when you had been writing only a picture diary. Starring in my first film was a bit like that for me. I have finished the illustrated dairy of my acting career", Ko said in a press meeting Monday at a Seoul hotel.

She selected Hong's film for her big screen debut without reading the screenplay as she has so much trust in him, Ko said. Hong is notorious for writing a piece of script and shooting it the same day.

The film features four 30-something people, who happen to meet each other at a beach and attempt to hook up. Ko will play the role of Mun-suk, a jobless female who studied film music in Germany. Actress Song Seon-mi and actors Kim Seung-woo and Kim Tae-woo have been cast in the other main roles.

Ko said she doesn't worry at all about the film although she knows nothing but its brief storyline.

"I am a fan of Director Hong's work. I was so happy when he asked me to appear in his film", Ko said.

"I have wanted to work with her for sure as she is such an excellent actress who is good at expressing complicated and subtle emotions", Hong said.

As for some possible nudity in the film, she said she is ready to consider it if required. "I hope to maintain my current image a little though", she added.

A former 1989 Miss Korea runner up, she made a successful comeback to the entertainment industry with the 2005 TV series Spring Days (Pomnal) after her divorce. After that exerience she was cautious to select her next piece to sustain the clean and intelligent, yet warm-hearted image that the public have had of her since she started her career.

Leaving behind the huge popularity she enjoyed after starring in the 1995 TV series "Sandglass (Moraesigye)", Ko declared her retirement that year upon marrying Chung Yong-jin, a nephew of Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee and vice president of Shinsegae Department Store. The marriage ended in 2003.

Shooting for "Woman on the Beach" is expected to finish by the end of next month. The movie goes to the screen in September.

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