KOFIC, the organization responsible for marketing Korean cinema to the world, has come up with a new honor. They have chosen what they consider the 200 most significant active Korean actors (100 men and 100 women), and have started releasing the list of these actors a few at a time with accompanying videos. The list is called 'The Actor is Present'.
The first batch of 20 has been named, and among them are my all time favorite Korean actress, Moon So Ri, as well as Oscar nominee Youn Yuh Jung and Minari co-star Yeri Han.
They posted Moon So Ri's video. Weirdly, they left out two of her best films: Oasis and A Good Lawyer's Wife. She won awards at international film festivals for both films. Forever the Moment is cool, though: the only women's team handball movie I've ever seen!
For those who liked the show Lost, Yunjin Kim also made the list:
And here is Claudia Kim, who has been in a number of western films including the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fantastic Beasts:
Oh man, why haven't I seen this thread till now! I've been trying to bone up on Korean movies recently (and watch a lot of kdramas already), so happy to learn of this. And Moon So Ri - yes, so good. I watched her first, Peppermint Candy, a while ago. Will have to check this out.
A few from the KPOP world, I see - Kim Yoona and Choi Sooyoung from Girls Generation (SNSD) and Krystal (Jung Soojung) of F(x), sister of ex-SNSD Jessica. All are ok actresses, nothing special. But if they don't put Bae Suzy (ex-Miss A) and IU (solo, singer-songwriter, my personal fav) in there, this thing is rigged!
Glad you're enjoying this! It seems like they are done naming these, although one place I looked suggested that there would be another campaign next year and that some of the actors missed this time might appear then. Still, it makes zero sense to exclude arguably the biggest star in Korea, at least in terms of his exposure to the West, Song Kang Ho. And Doona Bae has been in movies with Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, but she was ignored. There were other omissions, but those two seem hardest to justify...
Below: Song (center) and Bae (right) in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, one of their three films together. The other two I can think of were The Host and The Drug King from a few years ago.