At the point when Youn Yuh-Jung was gotten some information about being known as the “Meryl Streep of South Korea” in a new meeting, she said she’s complemented by the examination. However, she had her own presentation.
“I’m simply a Korean entertainer in Korea,” the 73-year-old entertainer said. “My name is Yuh-jung Youn. So I like to act naturally.”
Youn needs no presentation in South Korea, with a movie profession crossing more than fifty years. In any case, she’s simply being found by crowds outside the nation through “Minari,” a semi-self-portraying movie dependent on the adolescence of Korean-American chief Lee Isaac Chung about a family moving to provincial Arkansas to begin a little homestead.
Youn plays Sonja, who moves from Korea to join her girl and step-child and builds up a delicate yet hilarious relationship with her grandson David (Alan Kim), the lone part of the family brought into the world in the United States.
The film wowed at Sundance and has been a force to be reckoned with during Hollywood’s honors season, winning best unknown dialect film at the Golden Globes and gathering up six selections at the British Film Academy Awards.
At the point when Oscar candidates are reported Monday, Youn is probably going to be remembered for the supporting entertainer class. She’s said she hasn’t really thought about scoring an honor, saying it “would be something I can’t and will not envision, so I don’t have a clue… As far as I might be concerned, an honor implies getting next work.”
Brought into the world in 1947, she shot to acclaim in South Korea with her 1971 presentation “Shoot Woman.” While at the pinnacle of her profession, she wedded mainstream vocalist Cho Young-Nam, who persuaded her to move to the U.S. together so he could perform at minister Billy Graham’s congregation.
Youn said she was offered a job in a Christian movie and remained with a chief in Florida for a very long time to attempt to learn English. It didn’t work out.
“The task vanished on the grounds that I was unable to communicate in English,” she said, snickering.
Youn lived in the U.S. for almost 10 years, not performing, prior to getting back to South Korea, where she split from Cho and got back to acting.
She said the U.S. was viewed as a “fantasy land” by Asian American migrants during the 1970s and ’80s when “Minari” is set. Yet, she said it’s hard for her to “completely comprehend” and relate to their battles incorporating managing character emergencies and against Asian bigotry.
“Second-age Asian Americans think they are Americans however according to Americans, they don’t look American,” Youn said. “There should be a predicament like that.”
Youn said she was intrigued by the “practical and veritable” content from Chung, who gave her the opportunity to change her character and discourse, including an offhand scene where Soonja takes a $100 gift made by her little girl from a congregation’s honorarium plate.