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Posted : 2009-01-13 17:46
Updated : 2009-01-13 17:46

Kwon Sang-woo Resumes Romantic Role


Actors Kwon Sang-woo, left, and Lee Bo-young walk down the aisle in a cathedral wedding scene for the film ``A Sad Story'' in Seoul, Monday.
/ Yonhap

By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

Newly wed actor Kwon Sang-woo was caught walking down the aisle once again ― this time with actress Lee Bo-young in the upcoming movie ``A Sad Story'' (working title).

As its title suggests, the film is about heartbreaking, unrequited love. The wedding shoot, revealed to the press Monday in a Seoul cathedral, featured Kwon's character walking down the aisle with the woman he loves (Lee Bo-young) ― but only to marry her off to another man (Lee Beom-soo).

Kwon returns to the romance genre after foraying comic or tough guy parts, such as in ``Fate.'' He said he drew inspiration from his own marriage for his latest role. ``I think being married enables me to think more deeply about playing melodramatic parts. Like my movie character, Kay, I also needed a lot of courage to bear the fruits of my love,'' he said.

The ``Stairway to Heaven'' star made headlines last year when his clandestine romance with actress Sohn Tae-young became public. The two tied the knot in September and are expecting a baby in the spring. ``Kay braves his circumstances for love, and I thought I might have done the same if I were in his shoes,'' he said.

The project garnered interest for marking poet Won Tae-yeon's directorial debut. ``It's my first movie, and I am very honored I got the opportunity to work with actors with such great acting skill and enthusiasm,'' said Won.

``The director always provides clear, detailed answers whenever we actors have any questions. Being the poet he is, he meticulously points out words and even syllables when directing our acting. He also pays a lot of attention to the timing of our speech,'' said Lee Beom-soo. The actor, known for his solid acting skills, recently rose to stardom through charismatic TV roles in ``Doctor Bong'' and ``On Air.'' His movie ``Death Bell'' also faired well at last year's box office.

``A Sad Story'' also drew attention because the three cast members invested in the production. ``I decided to invest my salary into the movie because I believe in the director's script. I think I can at least break even because the story is very good,'' said Kwon.

``At first I was a little worried the movie would stop short of being just a pretty romance. But I think it will be a realistic yet beautiful film,'' said actress Lee (``Once Upon a Time''). The former Miss Korea looked graceful in her lacy wedding gown.

Monday also happened to be her 30th birthday, and the cast and crew surprised the actress with a large three-tier cake, moving her to tears.

About 70 percent of A Sad Story has been filmed and the movie is slated for a March 14 release. Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex.

hyowlee@koreatimes.co.kr

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