Moon So-ri

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Moon.
Moon So-ri
Moon Sori.JPG
Born (1974-07-02) July 2, 1974 (age 42)
Busan, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Agent C-Jes Entertainment
Spouse(s) Jang Joon-hwan (m. 2006)
Children 1
Korean name
Revised Romanization Mun So-ri
McCune–Reischauer Mun So-ri

Moon So-ri (born July 2, 1974), is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her acclaimed leading roles in Oasis (2002) and A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003).


After graduating with a degree in Education from Sungkyunkwan University, Moon So-ri became part of the theater group Hangang ("Han River") from 1995 to 1997, and debuted in the play Classroom Idea (she also collaborated in its creation).[1] She appeared in plays and short films such as Black Cut[2] and To the Spring Mountain[3] before finding fame as a leading actress. Her first film role was in Lee Chang-dong's acclaimed Peppermint Candy, however her acting skills were not really showcased until she appeared in her second film Oasis, also by Lee Chang-dong.[4][5] Her powerful portrayal of a woman with cerebral palsy earned her strong praise as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Emerging Actor or Actress at the 2002 Venice Film Festival (Moon is only the second Korean to win a prize there, after Kang Soo-yeon in 1985 for The Surrogate Woman).[6] She was also named Best Actress at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival.[7]

The following year she again found fame in Im Sang-soo's third film A Good Lawyer's Wife. A 180-degree turn from her previous screen image, this film featured her as a free thinking woman in a decaying marriage who starts an affair with the teenage boy next door. This film was also invited to the Venice Film Festival, and she later won the Best Actress award from the Stockholm International Film Festival. Similar to the case with Oasis, Best Actress honors at many domestic awards ceremonies followed.[6]

Moon starred opposite Song Kang-ho in 2004's The President's Barber, a film that illustrates 20 years of modern Korean history through the eyes of president Park Chung-hee's personal barber. She took a more central role in her next feature Sa-kwa, an introspective relationship drama about a woman who embarks on a new relationship after being dumped by her long-time boyfriend.[8] Also from 2005, Bravo, My Life! saw her return to the historical era of the late 70s/early 80s in a family drama set against the political upheaval of those times.[6][9]

In 2006, she played a sexually promiscuous professor in Bewitching Attraction,[10] then a disapproving sister in Family Ties (for which she shared Best Actress honors with three castmates at the 2006 Thessaloniki Film Festival, where their film also swept Best Picture and Best Screenplay). Moon starred in her first ever television series in 2007, the big-budget fusion fantasy-period drama The Legend.[11][12][13][14] She then narrated My Heart Is Not Broken Yet, a documentary on Song Sin-do and her decade-long lawsuit against the Japanese government for an official apology towards her fellow comfort women.[15][16]

She followed that with sports movie Forever the Moment (a sleeper hit in 2008),[17][18][19] another TV drama (about a family of grown-up siblings),[20] and the human rights-themed Fly, Penguin in 2009.[21][22]

To promote the 2009 Green Film Festival in Seoul, Kim Tae-yong directed Moon in the short film Take Action, Now or Never! about power saving, cycling, and handkerchief use (her husband Jang Joon-hwan appeared in a cameo).[23][24] She was also one of the four characters in Baik Hyun-jhin's short film The End.[25][26][27]

After appearing in A Little Pond, the 2010 dramatization of the No Gun Ri Massacre,[28] Moon joined the ensemble cast of Hong Sang-soo's Ha Ha Ha.[29][30][31][32][33] Ha Ha Ha won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Having always expressed a desire to return to her stage roots, Moon did so in 2006 in Sulpun Yonguk ("Sad Play")[34][35] and again in the 2010 Korean production of The Pitmen Painters.[36]

Her voice acting for Leafie, A Hen into the Wild was praised as "superb [...] instantly recognizable and articulating the gumption and touching naivete of the eponymous hen with great conviction,"[37][38] and in 2011 Leafie became the most successful Korean animated film of the modern era, with over 2 million admissions.[39][40] That same year, Moon joined Konkuk University's Faculty of Arts as a professor of film studies.[41]

In 2012, she worked again with Hong Sang-soo in In Another Country,[42] which was headlined by French actress Isabelle Huppert, of whom Moon is a fan.[43]

Because she found his script "unique and creative," Moon took a risk on newbie director Park Myung-rang and joined the cast of his 2013 crime thriller An Ethics Lesson.[44] She then reunited with Sol Kyung-gu in the spy comedy The Spy: Undercover Operation.[45][46][47][48]

In 2014, Moon starred in Venus Talk, about the romantic and sex lives of three women in their forties.[49] She also appeared in Park Chan-kyong[citation needed]'s fantasy/documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits that looked at Korean modern history through the checkered past and exorcism-based imagination of a shaman.[50] Another Hong Sang-soo feature, Hill of Freedom, followed.

On television, she was designated as one of the co-hosts of a new talk show, Magic Eye; this was the first time Moon had been involved in variety programming.[51][52]

Moon then made her directorial debut with the short film The Actress, in which she played the title character who goes mountain climbing with friends then meets up for drinks with a group of male acquaintances; once alcohol has loosened the tongues of her companions, she learns their prejudices against her.[53] It premiered at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, where she also co-hosted the opening ceremony with Ken Watanabe.[54]

In 2015, Moon became the first Korean actor invited as a jury member of the Locarno International Film Festival; festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian lauded her "brave choices (in selecting projects)" and called Moon "the jewel of the Korean movie industry."[55][56]

Personal life[edit]

According to Moon, her father was very strict so he never let her to go to the theater but rather forced her to read classical literary works and play classical music (she is well-versed in pansori, the violin and the gayageum). But after seeing performances by professional actresses, she was bitten by the acting bug.[57]

On December 24, 2006 Moon married Jang Joon-hwan, director of cult film Save the Green Planet!.[58][59][60] Both Sungkyunkwan University alumni, the two reportedly met when Jang directed her in the 2003 music video for Jung Jae-il's 눈물꽃 ("Flower of Tears"). After suffering a miscarriage in 2010,[61][62] Moon gave birth to a daughter on August 4, 2011.[63][64]



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