Posted on 11/25/06 07:38 AM
Those of you who watch movies may remember her as the Sushi chef from Oldboy who seemingly inexplicably decides to start screwing our hero Oh Dae-Su. Others may recognize her as the picture I just posted above. Still others, particularly the blind, may not know her at all....but then, they probably wouldn't be reading this. Can't post in braille.
- She speaks Korean. Of all Asian languages I've heard semi-regularly, I tend to find Korean the most annoying. They have this weird little dip they do with certain words that makes them sound like they're always whining.
- She was kind of irritating in Oldboy. Pouty and wimpy, and seemingly unconcerned when Oh Dae Su did little things like try to sexually assault her or forcibly tie her up in her apartment. Well-acted and all, but the character she was working with made you want to slap the hell out of her.
I've only seen her in one other movie, Welcome to Dongmakgol, where she played your standard 'blithering idiot who nonetheless has deeper insights into the true essence of life than the people who surround her.' One of the most shameful myths perpetuated by Hollywood, and now apparently by South Korea. The mentally handicapped have absolutely nothing....absolutely nothing....to teach us. Nothing.
So nothing she's done that I've seen has bowled me over cinematically.
- She gives off a very strong 'don't you feel kind of like a pedophile for being attracted to me?' vibe. This is amazingly common with Asian actresses. The above picture is a very good one; in some others, she looks like a twelve year old. She's 24, I think, so there's no legitimate reason to feel like a pervert....but damn, if I don't feel like the FBI should start monitoring my posts after this entry.
- When you see her without several layers of make-up, she actually looks like a very average person. Witness: the subway flashback in Oldboy, with her face puffed-up, pockmarked, and streaked with tears. This is actually kind of a good thing, IMHO.
Add up all of the above, and my infatuation seems more than a little bizarre. Nothing but the negative, piled high, one atop the other. And yet it exists, undeniably it exists!
Strangely, this seems to be a very common situation with women. The ones I end up being attracted to are also the ones I'd most like to choke to death. Mei ban fa.
P.S. Oldboy is a good movie. In contrast to typical opinion, however, I liked Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance more. Less style but more substance.