The Sound of a Flower staring Bae Su-ji

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110502-3The movie The Sound of a Flower (Directed by Lee Jong-Pil and distributed by CJ Entertainment) stars Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Su-ji, Song Sae-byeok, Lee Dong-hwi, and Ahn Jae-hong.

The movie is about the story of a girl, who wants to become a skilled singer, by learning from a great master who is the leader of the Dongrijungsa(a group which does musical story telling) and her persistent effort.

The Sound of a Flower takes place in 1867 in a time where women are not permitted to perform Pansori (story telling through song). However the young girl Jin Chae-Sun (played by Bae Su-ji) and her mentor Shin Jae-Hyo(played by Ryu Seung-ryong) wish to challenge her fate and so that she can become Choson(name of the Korean kingdom during that time period)’s first female singer.

Ryu Seung-ryong plays the role of Shin Jae-Hyo, a great Pansori master and his student Jin Chae-Sun is played by Bae Su-ji. The voice instructor Kim Se-jong is played by Song Sae-byeok. All the actors, in order to learn Pansori, practiced for a full year before shooting. They went through the practice process of becoming real Korean traditional singers, sparing no effort. This story paints the eye opening history of a plain girl who has extraordinary singing talent within, as she follows the teachings of her mentor.
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Bae Su-ji practiced Pansori by being taught by Aeri Park. Aeri Park works at The National Theater of Korean as a lead actor, and in 2010 was awarded the Korean Broadcasting award, by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, for classic Korean singing.

Bae Su-ji did completely different singing methods, from what current singers do, and also did breathing control exercises. Simple calling out with your voice very taxing and she burned out her voice a few times in the process. But even still, she would buckle down until it was time for the actual shooting about a year later.

Master Aeri Park said “I was surprised by what a good voice she had already on just the first day of classes. Even with her busy schedule, from early in the morning to late at night she never shied away from the work. She was so passionate that she even went as far as contacting me first for our practices. In the short time she had surprising improvement. I think she is an actress of tremendous talent.”

Bae Su-ji then added, “I think I’m lucky to have discovered Pansori through The Sound of a Flower, and learning it has changed me a lot. I’m embarrassed that I had a bit of prejudice against Pansori before, but I think through this film, a lot of people will gain an interest in Pansori.” The highly anticipated film The Sound of a Flower opens, in theatres November 25th.

Article by Han Jihee of GET IT K, Pictures by CJ Entertainment

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