Endless cheeks like a sun in the middle of the face, laughing eyes that know how to be menacing, a large awkward body with unexpected gestures… Song Kang-ho’s extra-terrestrial expressiveness has made him the emblematic actor of the new wave. South Korean, his genius for portraying the mad or the bewildered, arousing fear and laughter in a single look overflowing with humanity, having met the ambition of iconoclastic directors, at the crossroads of genres (thriller, farce, drama , comedy, horror).
If South Korean cinema was the most dynamic and adventurous of the 2000s, it is also thanks to him, the favorite interpreter of Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook. The incapable father of “Parasite” and “The Host”, the unpredictable cop of “Memories of Murder”, the prison junkie of “Snowpiercer”, the priest-vampire of “Thirst, this is my blood”, the clumsy lover of “Secret Sunshine”, the weirdo of “Good, Bad and Crazy”. A mega-star in his country and a regular at the Cannes Film Festival where he had to wait to be directed by the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-Eda to receive the best actor award last May.
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