Jun 2016 VOL.62


  • by HWANG Hee-yeon, KIM Hyung-seok / 10.17.2014
  • Suppressing Opponents with Tone and Stares

    There are actors who remain long in the memory despite only appearing in a few scenes. These are the scene stealers. Among the large pool of actors in film, these have reached a certain distinction. Here is a list of ten big scene stealers in the Korean film industry.
    KWAK used to play comic roles on theatre stages. He mainly acted as characters such as drug dealers or film narrators, but his comedic image flipped 180 degrees when he reached the silver screen. This is because his characters in films are very impressive and memorable. They don’t necessarily commit evil deeds, but his eyes were extremely sharp and cruel in The Yellow Sea (2010). In Nameless Gangsters: Rules of the Time (2012), he was a prosecutor who was more brutal than the gangsters. Then in The Attorney , he became a corrupt cop who couldn’t have been any more vicious. What makes his bad guy performances so special is that he knows how to suppress the opponent simply with the tone of his voice while looking calm. When he is with someone who he is supposed to be polite to, he snidely grins instead and the audience can feel extreme fury. He is the first one that audiences want to see cut down but will likely be the last to disappear from the film industry.
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