The concerns raised by viewers in regards to the movie “A Story Sadder Than Sadness“, once troubled the female lead Lee Bo Young as well. Despite the director’s background as a well-known poet, Lee Bo Young remained doubtful of this new director who has not yet proven himself. However, owing to her pride of wanting to challenge herself, Lee Bo Young joined the team.
That was not the last of the problems though. During the beginning half of the movie production, Lee Bo Young had trouble with both Director Won Tae Yeon and her co-star Kwon Sang Woo.
Director Won Tae Yeon would often passed down inconceivable instructions. A quote from Lee Bo Young would be “poem-like”. The words used by the director were so profound that their communication was on the verge of collapse. After four takes, her acting remained the same.
Therefore, one day Director Won invited Lee Bo Young to a restaurant which sells Sashimi. He poured Lee Bo Young a glass of soju, and with no beating around the bushes, asked her: “What exactly are the things you are not satisfied with?” During the split moment, Lee Bo Young was hurt, in her pride. After gobbling down the soju in one swoop, she churned out all the discontent that she had accumulated during the past months. That glass of soju turned out to be a “reconciliation wine” for them.
“But now I like Director Won and also respect him for his leadership style. However, I would still need to protest about something which he said in a TV program, that I’m a drunkard actress. I have sent him an sms but he didn’t reply me. Maybe, he was afraid of me, haha…”
“Similarly, I find difficulties in adapting to the style of someone like Kwon Sang Woo. Although this is our first collaboration, he often joked as if we had knew each other for a long time. He would also suggest using scissor-paper-stone to decide the person to give treat. For these, I suffered a lot. It was until much later that I finally realized his frank and direct way of expressing himself.”
“When he was teasing me, I would reply ‘why are you like that’. And in fact, I do not like to bet or something. However, under those circumstances, I had no choice but to participate… As time went by, I felt more natural. Credits to him, I have learnt many new things.”
“In comparison to the director and Kwon Sang Woo, Lee Bum Soo is a senior whom I’m apologetic and grateful to. During the first half of filming, due to my frequent NGs, others had to wait for a longer time. But he would often encourage me with words like ‘it’s alright’.”
“Due to the many troubles before this, I cried out loud after watching the movie. I feel that the end movie is indeed 100 times stronger than the script. Anyone who watches it may also feel the same way.