I’m actually quite pleased that both A-list Korean stars Kang Dong Won and Song Hye Kyo are focused almost exclusively in doing movies. I don’t love either one to the point where I want them on the small screen so I can have a few weeks to watch them all the time. Plus I think their star power actually suits movies more, there is this indelible radiance and delicacy that hides a steely charisma. Song Hye Kyo only does drama these days when its a Noh Hee Kyung-penned work like The World We Live In or That Winter, The Winter Blows. Goes to show how picky she is, and Kang Dong Won doesn’t even bother with dramas. I still think only the star power of Kim Eun Sook could possibly lure him back, and even then it’s still highly unlikely. This year alone Kang Dong Won already has the hit movie Kundo: Age of the Rampant with Ha Jung Woo under his belt, and up next is My Brilliant Life (My Palpitating Life) with Song Hye Kyo.
This is actually their second time working together after doing one segment called Love for Sale for the onmibus Asian movie Camellia. When Song Hye Kyo and Kang Dong Won were spotted in Paris in late May of this year long after they wrapped My Brilliant Life, rumors flew again about a real life relationship. That was immediately shot down by their respective agencies and the reason for the joint Paris trip becomes clear with the release of the August edition of Vogue Korea featuring the duo in its glossy pages. It’s an understated lovely shoot, understated because it looks easy to stand there and pose but so hard to actually breath life into the shot like both of them have delivered here. Their upcoming movie is a supreme tearjerker based on the trailer alone (see below) where they play parents to a now 16 year old boy who was born with the premature genetic condition of progeria. Someone should have warned me to bring the tissues even when watching the trailer. *sniffles*
Trailer for My Brilliant Life (My Palpitating Life):