Broker director Hirokazu Koreeda has a surprising reason for casting IU as one of the lead stars.
The upcoming drama film is making waves internationally after being selected as one of the competitors at Cannes Film Festival 2022.
While Broker is Koreeda's first-ever South Korean film, he previously bagged the Palme d'Or at 2018's Cannes Film Festival for his movie Shoplifters.
Interestingly, the drama film will be first shown at the festival from May 17 to 28 and will premiere in theaters starting June 8.
As fans wait for the highly anticipated movie featuring a roster of Hallyu's talented stars, Hirokazu Koreeda dishes out what made him consider these actors.
Broker Director Chose IU as Lead Star After Seeing the Kdrama My Mister
Apart from her sold-out concerts and blockbuster fan meets, IU, whose real name is Lee Ji Eun, also has a notable series under her belt.
From historical K-drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo with Kang Ha Neul and Lee Joon Go to the rom-com fantasy series Hotel Del Luna with Yeo Jin Goo, the singer-actress also headlined the cast of the 2018 drama My Mister.
As obtained by a local media outlet, Hirokazu Koreeda was captivated by her talent in playing the young part-time worker Lee Ji An in the series.
"I fell in love with actress Lee Ji Eun after watching My Mister. It was very surprising," the Japanese director revealed.
In IU's new movie, she took the role of Soo Young, a young mother who chose to leave her newborn in a "baby box" or a "dropbox" for abandoned children.
It is a temporary shelter for babies abandoned by their mothers due to difficult circumstances.
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Hirokazu Koreeda Showed Great Affection Towards Song Kang Ho + Impressed by Kang Dong Won's Secret Reunion
Aside from IU, the Broker cast also includes Song Kang Ho and Kang Dong Won, who played the roles of Sang Hyun and Dong Soo, a.k.a the "brokers" who find the babies their new home.
For the Japanese director, he really wanted Song Kang Ho to play the role of a broker.
Describing the Parasite star Hirokazu Koreeda said that "having actor Song Kang Ho on the set gave me a lot of strength.
Just like IU, the Broker director revealed that he saw the Secret Reunion movie where Kang Dong Won played the lead role.
As the interview continued, he shared that he was impressed by how the actor played the character and pointed out that it was full of emotions, and he could feel it as a viewer.
Broker Director Calls Bae Doona a Genius
Joining the cast of Broker, Bae Doona plays detective Soo Jin whose mission is to hunt down baby brokers.
For Hirokazu Koreeda, he described the actress as a "genius at filling the delicate gap that cannot be captured with her acting.
Moreover, he mentioned that he first saw Bae Doona in her movie Air Doll and was immediately drawn to her acting.
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