[HanCinema's News] Im Kwon-taek Talks About the Departed Kang Soo-yeon
By William Schwartz | Published on
This past May 7th, movie star Kang Soo-yeon died from a cerebral hemorrhage. Her funeral service was livestreamed this past May 11th. But on May 15th, a TV Chosun news documentary program provided a more polished presentation. In the curated footage director Im Kwon-taek, the legendary director who worked with Kang Soo-yeon on such films as "The Surrogate Woman" in 1986, gives a rousing eulogy for the talented actress.
Im Kwon-taek remarked that his first impression of Kang Soo-yeon came from some barely remembered television broadcast. The director stated that he thought she was quite well cast for her role. Im Kwon-taek remarked that while Kang Soo-yeon had a pretty face, what really allowed her performance to come off was her brash confidence, which gave a strong sense of personal energy that allowed her acting to truly resonate.
Im Kwon-taek also described Kang Soo-yeon as a fast learner in regards to "The Surrogate Woman" which excellently complimented her as the title character who moves into a livelihood which defies her expectations. In a morbid moment, Im Kwon-taek noted that due to his own age, he too, will also likely die soon. He expressed disappointment that she died first, as he he had expected her to be a major guest at his own funeral. Im Kwon-taek described the order of events as topsy-turvy.
The reference was to Kang Soo-yeon's relatively young age of fifty-five, to his own eighty-six. Im Kwon-taek stated that he thought she still had a lot to live for. While in recent years Kang Soo-yeon had been involved in film more on the distribution side, she had also recently starred in the as-yet unreleased Netflix film "Jung E" which will now be her final role. Im Kwon-taek said that Kang Soo-yeon really changed him, and had a profound influence on his life.
Moon Hee, Kim Bo-yeon, Lee Jung-gil, Woon Goon-il, and Kim Dong-ho were among the many colleagues Kang Soo-yeon worked with over the years who had kind words to say about her career over the footage. Younger actors such as Yoo Ji-tae, Jung Woong-in, Uhm Jung-hwa, Jung Woo-sung, Jung Yu-mi, Yoo Hae-jin, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Ah-joong, and Moon So-ri are also seen at the funeral itself. It is clear that Kang Soo-yeon's absence will be sorely felt by her colleagues for years to come.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea from 2011 to 2021. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Hangzhou, where he studies Chinese film. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com, and is open to requests for content in future articles.