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  • Who is Your President?
  • by KIM Hyun-jung /  Apr 18, 2017
  • Presidents in Korean Films
     

    New presidential election will be held on May 9th. For this election, Koreans have to bear more dramatic reality than movies. Then, what are presidents in films like? They are all different kinds of people like reality. 

    Good Morning President (2009) has the most presidents in Korean film history. There are three of them leading each episode; a president (LEE Soon-jae) who wins the lottery but regrets that he promised to donate all of the prize money if he won, another (JANG Dong-gun) who is the youngest elected president and even handsome, and the other (KO Doo-shim) who is the first Korean female president. What they have in common is that they are good-hearted but behave when the time for action. Meanwhile, there is an indecisive and ineffectual president. The president (KIM Myung-min) in disaster film Pandora (2016) is swayed by cabinet ministers and is busy hiding an unprecedented disaster.

    In addition, there is a delightful president. The single president (AHN Sung-ki) shows a very romantic image while he secretly dates his daughter’s teacher (CHOI Ji-woo) in The Romantic President (2002). However, AHN Sung-ki appears as a serious president in Hanbando (2006), who tries to find the hidden Great Seal of Korean empire government and defend the nation. 

    CHA In-pyo, who plays a role of prime minister against the president in Hanbando, acted a president in disaster drama Flu (2013). Unlike Pandora, the president of Flu confronts the prime minister and cabinet members who urge to cover up the disaster.
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