So Cute

So Cute

Tony Rayns: You surprised many people in 2003 by agreeing to act in the film So Cute, directed by your former assistant KIM Soo-hyun. Even more surprising, the role seemed like self-parody. The character seemed to be based on your public image as a wayward father and chronic womaniser.

Jang Sun-woo: The proposal came out of the blue. It feels natural to me to be behind the camera, but appearing in front of it seemed so... But they kept coming back to me. Even the president of the investment company came. Kim Soo-hyun had worked for me since To You, From Me. He was part of the production team on the documentary Cinema on the Road and A Petal, and he was my assistant on Bad Movie, responsible mainly for the parts with the kids. He came to me and said "I worked for you for five years, and you won't agree to do this? Can't you do it for me?" That did it. I realised that if I didn't agree, I'd feel like a bad guy. So I said "Okay, but don't blame me if it doesn't work out." So we went ahead with it... and I found that I enjoyed doing it. I was glad he'd asked me. I don't know if it was a self-parody or not, but it's true that the role wasn't much of a stretch for me. I thought Kim Soo-hyun did a really good job. It reminded me of the films of Emir Kusturica, that fantastic realism, like a carnival. I especially liked that my character went missing after drawing an exorcist symbol! It would be so great to just 'go missing' like that. I want to disappear into the Gobi Desert!

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