Suzy‘s casting as the female lead opposite Kim Woo Bin in 2016’s highly anticipated melodrama Arbitrarily Fond by screenwriter Lee Kyung Hee has certainly garnered buzz, but it’s a mixed bag that seems to be the typical reaction following any Suzy casting in an acting role. Her fans can’t wait to see her onscreen while non-fans just want a good acting performance and Suzy has been inconsistent at best. She’s decent in lightweight fare like Dream High and Big but woefully out of her element in even a fusion sageuk like Gu Family Book.
Luckily for audiences who want some barometer to assess Suzy’s current acting skills, she will soon get a chance to prove whether she’s gotten better as an actress as her K-movie The Sound of a Flower (Dorihwaga) will be premiering at the end of November. It’s the real life tale of Joseon’s first female pansori singer Chae Sun, previously only men could perform pansori which is traditional Korean song storytelling, as taught by pansori legend Shin Jae Hyo. Suzy plays female lead Chae Sun opposite her mentor and teacher played by acting heavyweight Ryu Seung Ryung. This movie has awards catnip all over it, and judging from the stills and preview Suzy might not be all that bad. Fingers-crossed.
Synopsis (based on the real story of Shin Jae Hyo and Chae Sun):
“In 1867, Shin Jae-Hyo leads the Dongrijungsa which teaches pansori (traditional Korean musical storytelling). A young girl, Chae-Sun, who wants to perform pansori, appears in front of him. Chae-Sun has dreamed of performing pansori since she first heard Shin Jae-Hyo perform when she was little, but Shin Jae-Hyo turns her down because women are not allowed to perform pansori.
Chae-Sun then disguises herself as a man and enters the Dongrijungsa to learn pansori, but Shin Jae-Hyo doesn’t accept her as his student. One day, he hears Daewongun, the most powerful man in Joseon and the father of the King, is going to hold a national competition of pansori performers known as “Naksungyeon.”
Shin Jae-Hyo decides to teach Chae-Sun who has a true voice to perform “Chunhyangga.” If anyone finds out that Chae-Sun is a woman, Shin Jae-Hyo and Chae-Sun will both face death.”
Trailer for The Sound of a Flower (Dorihwaga):