“Isn’t that Lee Hyori?”

Image source – CJ Entertainment

Singer Lee Hyori is surprising moviegoers with a surprise cameo in the film The Spy Gone North.

In the movie, the singer and North Korean Cho Myung-ae are two hired talent for a mobile phone commercial. Interestingly enough, this advertisement actually exists! Back in 2005, the two artists collaborated on Samsung’s “Anycall” unification CF. Like the real-life version, Lee and Cho replicate the look they had in 2005; Lee has blond hair while Cho wears a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress.

According to reports, the film’s director Jong Bin-yoon decided to cast the singer to add a sense of realism in regards to the movie’s timeline. However, there was a problem. Lee refused to appear since the CF was personal, not acted, and a true story.

Nonetheless, director Jong felt that her appearance was integral to the narrative. As such, he wrote the singer a letter to explain the special meaning of her role in the film. In response, Lee changed her mind. Talking about her role, the singer said that “at first, I hesitated, but was moved by Jong Bin-yoon’s repeated inquiries.”

Meanwhile, The Spy Gone North takes place in 1993 where a South Korean spy is recruited to infiltrate a high-ranking group of North Korean officials. While the plan seems to goes accordingly, threats on both sides of the border threaten the mission.

 

 

Original article

Translated by O.C

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK