Kang to star in Im's 101st film
'Moonlight' to be produced by Jeonju festSEOUL -- Kang Soo-yeon, the Korean actress who won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Im Kwon-taek’s 1987 film “Surrogate Mother,” will appear in the director’s next feature film “Raising the Moonlight.”
The film, budgeted at 1.5 billion won ($1.3 million), is about masters of hanji, or traditional mulberry papers, that have been passed down in the region for generations. The film will be mainly funded by the city of Jeonju and Korean Film Council, and produced by the Jeonju International Film Festival, the home of traditional paper-making. Further investment in the film is still pending.
"Moonlight," which starts shooting next month, will be Im's 101st, making him one of Korea's most prolific directors. Aside from Kang, Park Joong-hoon (“Nowhere to Hide”) will play the film's male lead.
Im’s next film is drawing attention as the director is particularly known for capturing the Korean spirit in many of his classics, including “Seopyeonje” about the life of Korean pansori artists.
“The moment I heard Im was making his 101st film I knew almost instinctively that this was my film,” said Kang who appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed Korean films including “Come Come Come Upward” and “Berlin Report.”