Ko Ah-sung Returns to Screen as 1990s Office Drone

  • By Kim Sung-hyun

    October 21, 2020 09:17

    Actress Ko Ah-sung said she was shocked at the working environment of the 1990s when she shot her new film "Samjin Company English Class," which hits theaters on Wednesday.

    Ko plays an employee in a big company in the 90s who also does all the menial tasks like cleaning the office and making coffee, which was still common at the time.

    "Things like smoking in the office and making coffee for co-workers were strange, but most of all, a scene in which I run an errand for cigarettes was shocking," she said.

    Ko Ah-sung

    "I review a lot of footage and ask older people around me when I appear in a period project like this. Luckily, my aunt entered a big company in 1995, so I had a lot of help from her," she explained.

    "The 1980s and the 1990s may seem similar, but even the way you talk should be different when you act. If you watch films or dramas from the 80s, there's a shyness to the way women talk, but in the 90s they get more confident and modern."

    In 1995, Ko was only four years old but already appeared in her first commercial. She made her big-screen debut in director Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" in 2006 and also appeared in Bong's "Snowpiercer" in 2013. She said that was when she gained some confidence in her acting.

    She has often played women of firm convictions and personalities in films like last year's "A Resistance," which was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement.

    "I get excited in the process of building a complicated character, so passive ones are kind of boring," she said.

    Asked what roles she is most drawn to, she said, "I hope to portray the beauty of hard working people and play characters I can respect."  

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