In the wake of Youn Yuh-jung’s Academy Award, national broadcaster KBS put together this stylish tribute. It opens with a series of brief statements from acting and other colleagues present and past. Viewers of the film Canola (2016) may be surprised to see Kim Go-eun, the film’s older Hyeji, looking positively radiant; fans of Minari will meet a very different Han Ye-ri than the exhausted young mother of the film.
The documentary is, however, more than a series of nice-looking talking heads. The KBS team have assembled footage from some of Youn’s work on television. She has had a substantial career on the small screen, from her early portrayal of temptress Hwang Hui-bin back in 1971, to the gentle reality TV of the recent ‘Yoon’s Kitchen’ and ‘Yoon’s Stay’. Her current role in the TV series Pachinko seems likely to make her television career as internationally recognised as Minari has her contribution to cinema.