[종합] ‘Broker’ swept the Cannes Film Festival… Will Song Kang-ho be the ‘savior’ of the theater in June?

The movie ‘The Broker’, which touched the hearts of audiences around the world through the Cannes International Film Festival, has arrived in Korea. With Song Kang-ho, who shines in the Best Actor Award, at the forefront, attention is being paid to whether actors such as Kang Dong-won, IU (Lee Ji-eun), Bae Doo-na, and Lee Joo-young, who ‘trust and watch’ actors can save the theater in crisis amid Corona 19.

On the afternoon of May 31, the press preview of the movie ‘The Broker’ (director Hirokazu Koreeda) was held at Yongsan I’Park Mall in Ichon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda and actors Kang-ho Song, Dong-won Kang, IU (Lee Ji-eun), and Joo-young Lee attended the press conference that day.

The movie ‘Broker’ is a work that depicts the unexpected and special journey of those who have a relationship around a baby box. This is a Korean film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, who won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for ‘A Family’ in 2018. In particular, Song Kang-ho, who played ‘Sang-hyeon’ in the play, won the Best Actor Award at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, drawing the attention of movie lovers around the world.

Song Kang-ho said, “The chance of winning the Cannes Film Festival is very low. This is because you can only receive 7 out of 21 films. There is a rule to contact the officials before the awards ceremony before 12:00, and it was the most tense time. After receiving the phone call, ‘ I feel at ease at the thought of ‘I’m sure I’ll get any prize at any cost.’ I wasn’t too nervous at the theater.”

Actor Song Kang-ho speaks at the press preview of the movie ‘Broker’ held at CGV Yongsan I’Park Mall in Hangang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 31st.[사진=유대길 기자 dbeorlf123@ajunews.com]


Recalling the time when he was called as the winner of the Best Actor award, he said, “It is still difficult to recover. helped

After saying that he was the first to receive congratulations from director Bong Joon-ho, who is staying in London, and director Kim Ji-woon, who is filming ‘The Spider’s House’ in Korea, he said, “They said they watched it on YouTube in the morning. Since then, many people have congratulated me and I’m getting rave reviews, so I don’t know where to put myself. Slowly I want to be touched by metallurgy,” he said.

Director Hirokazu Koreeda said he could be truly delighted with Song Kang-ho’s award for Best Actor. He said, “I’m usually sloppy, so when I receive an award or compliment, I’m like, ‘Which part of the movie do you like?’ “I get worried and I don’t enjoy evaluations or compliments at all. On the other hand, when an actor is praised, I can enjoy it to my heart’s content. I was really happy when the actor received the award and praised it this time as well.”

He also praised Song Kang-ho and explained, “It’s not about what I did, it’s about what Song Kang-ho has accomplished so far.” Director Kore-eda said, “It is not strange to say that I received the award for the work of director Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, or Lee Chang-dong. Rather, I feel sorry and apologetic to receive the award for my work. On the other hand, I think this is the best award for this work.”

The movie ‘The Broker’ is a very valuable work for theater and movie fans. This is because it is a film with a splendid lineup of actors that we have not seen in a long time at the same time as the splendid achievement of the Cannes International Film Festival. As it is a work that has been highly anticipated by movie fans for a long time, attention is also being paid to the activity of the ‘broker’ after its release.

Song Kang-ho said he was excited to meet the audience at the theater for the first time in three years since ‘Parasite’ and said, “The audience and filmmakers have been waiting for this day to come.

Actor Song Kang-ho speaks at the press preview of the movie ‘Broker’ held at CGV Yongsan I’Park Mall in Hangang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 31st.[사진=유대길 기자 dbeorlf123@ajunews.com]


In this work, director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s unique plain language and message that goes through reality are impressive. Here, the actors’ stable acting and deep breathing play a big role in enhancing the emotion and perfection of the film.

Director Koreeda Hirokazu emphasized that his role was important on the set, saying, “I only trusted Song Kang-ho and filmed it.” He said that he has communicated closely with Song Kang-ho, and thanks to that, there were no major difficulties in communication or expression.

Song Kang-ho said, “Since (the director) is Japanese, I had no choice but to know the strange nuances, words, and details of the Korean language. From the time I was reading, I asked him to ‘tell me a lot’, and if I’m not being disrespectful, I’d say, ‘Look at the edited version and tell me. “I want to give it to you.” Looking at the edited version together, he pointed out scenes where the nuances were slightly different and gave me advice. It wasn’t a big deal, but it’s difficult because the director seems to be praising me very much.”

The reason that the actors’ slow breathing was able to stand out is because of their long-term friendship. Gang Dong-won and Song Kang-ho, who reunited after 12 years of ‘Right Brothers’, expressed their confidence, saying, “We know each other just by looking at each other.”

Kang Dong-won, who played ‘Sang-hyeon”s partner ‘Dong-soo’, said, “It’s been 12-13 years since we’ve worked together, but it wasn’t unfamiliar because we met halfway through. taken,” he said.

Song Kang-ho said, “Kang Dong-won is a friend like the youngest brother,” and praised him for being simple and human unlike his appearance. He said, “As an actor, I have always worked hard and focused and thought of myself as a ‘good actor.’

Actress Lee Ji-eun (IU) speaks at the press preview of the movie ‘The Broker’ held at the CGV Yongsan I’Park Mall in Hangang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 31st.[사진=유대길 기자 dbeorlf123@ajunews.com]


Also, IU, who played the baby’s mother, So-young, was not pushed by Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won. Song Kang-ho said, “Personally, there is a scene that I particularly like in IU’s acting,” referring to the ‘van car’ scene. This is a scene where a gang of ‘brokers’ failed to make a trade and sat in a van in a fancy way.

Song Kang-ho said, “When ‘Sang-hyeon’ and ‘Dong-soo’ are making jokes such as ‘Let’s eat crab’ or ‘You should have been careful’, ‘So-young’ swears and kicks the seat in front. It was an improvisational act. (Kang) Dong-won My husband and I were so surprised that we reacted spontaneously. It’s a scene I really like,” he praised for being surprised by IU’s acting.

IU, who played ‘Soyoung’, like Song Kang-ho, went through a lot of discussion with director Koreeda for small nuances and details. He said, “The profanity lines in the play are written close to Japanese expressions. I asked the director, ‘Can I write it a little more Korean?’ and he gave me permission, so I edited the lines mainly for the frequently used swear words in Korea. I was very nervous (before filming) because I didn’t have it. After a lot of practice, I completed the scene.”

Director Hirokazu Koreeda has been emphasizing humanism through a number of works such as ‘Nobody Knows’, ‘That’s how I become a father’ and ‘A certain family’, etc. He explained that it captures the social image of Korea, not Japan, and that “the story was composed and made through extensive coverage.”

Director Kore-eda said, “Both Japan and Korea, ‘baby boxes’ have in common that they save children’s lives and do not isolate their mothers. There are social reasons such as the adoption system, but it is said that the number of baby boxes in Korea and the number of children entrusted to them are overwhelmingly higher than in Japan. In the preparation stage, we covered a wide range of social situations surrounding the adoption system, legal issues, and shelters for mothers and children, and made up a story with the information obtained in the process.”

On the afternoon of the 31st, the director and cast members pose for the press preview of the movie ‘Broker’ held at CGV Yongsan I’Park Mall, Hangang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. From left, Dong-won Kang, Ji-eun Lee, director Kore-eda Hirokazu, Joo-young Lee, and Kang-ho Song.[사진=유대길 기자 dbeorlf123@ajunews.com]


He said, “At first, I thought that ‘Soyoung’ left the child in front of the baby box and ‘Sujin (Bae Doona)’ looked at the child with a negative mind and said something, and how his thoughts change during the show will be the core of the movie. I thought,” he explained.

He continued, “The first box was a ‘baby box’, and the next car that a broker trying to sell a child and a detective’s vehicle were considered ‘boxes’. I saw it as a ‘box.’ I wanted to deal with the change in which a small box continues to grow and a child is blessed with one life.”

Attention is focused on whether the social phenomenon and humanism created by the meeting of director Kore-eda, the Korean production team, and actors with a new method of speech will be able to get a good evaluation from the public beyond the Cannes International Film Festival. Opens in theaters on June 8th. The running time is 129 minutes and the viewing level is 12 years and over.

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