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[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Marks Image Shift With "#ALIVE"

2020/06/05

Park Shin-hye has long been a popular fixture in the South Korean entertainment industry. From more girlish appearances in "Flower Boy Next Door" and "The Heirs", she has since transitioned to more adult roles such as those in "Doctor" and "Memories of the Alhambra". But with the upcoming film "#ALIVE", Park Shin-hye takes a decidedly less romantic approach as the introverted, logically-minded survivor of a zombie apocalypse.

"#ALIVE" is a genre departure for Park Shin-hye in far more ways than just the obvious one. While Park Shin-hye has generally played either professionally successful characters or at least those aspiring to professional success, in "#ALIVE" her character's comfort with isolation is part of what has allowed her to survive for so long. Shorter hair and less makeup also show how Park Shin-hye's character is practically-minded, and not much concerned with image.

Additionally, while "#ALIVE" is expected to have romantic elements, Park Shin-hye's character is expected to be the main driver of action, rather than her co-star being played by Yoo Ah-in. The opportunity to demonstrate agency in a leading role is expected to be a boon for Park Shin-hye's image going forward. She has long been observed to have fundamentally passive roles in her projects, particularly when it comes to feature films.

Written by William Schwartz

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"#ALIVE" is directed by Cho Il-hyeong, and features Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye, Lee Hyun-wook-I, So Hee-jung, Jo Han-joon-I, Kim Dan-bi. Release date in Korea: 2020/06/24.

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