Favorite Female Roles (Part 1)

Here is Part 2 of our Favorite Roles poll. Part 1 is here.

Twenty actresses and seven of their most recent or most famous roles. (They must have at least seven to qualify for this poll. Sorry, Yoon Eun-hye.) Again, in random order except for the one who reigns deservedly at the top: Korea’s first win at Cannes for Best Actress.

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Besame Mucho

In Besame Mucho (a.k.a. Kiss Me Much, 2001), Young-hee (Li Mi-sook) and Chul-soo (Jeon Kwang-ryul) are an ordinary couple with four young children. They live in a small two-bedroom apartment in Seoul and are from all appearances just your typical family.

The family’s world is shattered one day when Chul-soo is fired from his job as a financial adviser. Because he acted as guarantor for a man who absconded with 700 million won, Chul-soo has to come up with the same amount of money in one month or lose his apartment. The story essentially revolves around the couple’s desperate measures to save their house.

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Solitude

Two favorite actors.  One favorite writer.  Put them together in one drama and the result is a little-known gem.

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If you are not in a hurry, if you are concerned about how a story is told rather than how it ends, I recommend Solitude. Written by Noh Hee-kyung, the drama moves rather slowly and some people may find the main plot (about a young man’s dogged love for a woman who’s much older) too bleak. But I love it. I’m a big fan of Lee Mi-sook, so it’s a treat to see her for 20 episodes. But the best part of the drama is Ryu Seung-beom. I LOVE everything about him here.

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