Get to Know the Multi-Talented Actor Nam Yeon-woo!
Nam Yeon-woo is a 35-year-old South Korean actor. He is an actor who is mostly famous for acting in movies. Apart from acting, he decided to widen his horizon by becoming a part of the movie Intoxicated Heart (short film) as a director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. And, turns out, he has other talents beyond acting.
Nam Yeon-woo’s Profile
Name : Nam Yeon-woo (남연우)
Birthplace : South Korea
Birthdate : October 9, 1982
Education : Korea National University of Arts (School of Drama, Acting
Occupation : Actor, Editor, Director, and Scriptwriter
Perfect Number (2012)
Perfect Number is a 2012 South Korean mystery-drama movie. It was directed by Bang Eun-jin and written by Lee Gong-joo, Lee Jung-hwa, and Kim Tae-yoon, and starred Ryoo Seung-bum, Lee Yo-won, and Choi Jin-woong. This movie is based on Keigo Higashino’s novel The Devotion of Suspect X.
It is about a 30-year-old brilliant mathematics teacher named Kim Seok-go (Ryoo Seung-bum). He is an introvert and always focused on his studying rather than making friends. It was when he met Baek Hwa-sun, the cafe employee he buys lunch from, that he felt was the brightest part of his day. But, then, he heard the fight between her and her husband from his house next door and realized that she unexpectedly killed her abusive husband.
He then decided to cover up for Baek Hwa-sun and made a perfect alibi for her so she would not be a suspect. Thanks to his doing, she was cleared in the case. But, Jo Min-beom (Choi Jin-woong), the detective in charge, still wouldn’t believe that she’s innocent and trusted his instinct instead of her being guilty. Min-beom then found out that Seok-go is living next door to her and starts digging deeper into Seok-go’s life.
This movie was praised as it has such a robust narrative as well as some strong performances. Though, some critics say that it somehow lacks life considering the very well written story and has too much melodrama rather than showing more of the procedural elements.
Fatal is a 2013 South Korean movie. It was directed and written by Lee Don-ku. It was released on August 22, 2013, and starred Nam Yeon-woo, Yang Jo-a, Hong Junho, Kang Ki-doong, and Kim Hee-sung. Fatal is Nam Yeon-woo’s first leading role and thanks to this role, he started to get more acknowledged by people.
This movie is about a boy named Seong-gong (Nam Yeon-woo) who’s always a target for school bullies. One day, one of the bullies drag him to the house of their fellow high school girl, Jang-mi (Yang Jo-a), whose mother has died. They then forced him to rape her against his wish. 10 years later, Seong-gong met Jang-mi again at a church. Haunted by the memories of his past, he was seeking her forgiveness without revealing to her that he was one of the men who raped her.
Through his role in this drama, Nam Yeon-woo won his first award at the 1st Wildflower Film Awards for Best Actor and Best New Actor/Actress. His role played a huge part in this movie’s success. He and his partner Yang Jo-A were able to portray such dark emotions and gained people’s attention and sympathy. Added with the director’s guidance, they could maintain a tone that is intense and suspenseful without too much melodrama.
Other than these 2 movies, he has been acting in several other movies. Here is the list of his other movies.
|2013||Steal My Heart||Detective Tak|
|28°C Under the Shade (short film)||Lee Sung-goong|
|Daytime Moon (short film)||Bong-gu|
|2014||No Tears for the Dead||Department head Byun’s underling|
|My Dictator||Actor at the audition|
|Entangled||Seul-ho, Soon-young’s son|
|Intoxicated Heart (short film)||Hwang Seol-won|
|2015||The Trip Around the World||Detective Park|
|2017||Lost to Shame||Song-joon|
Nam Yeon-woo, The Editor, Director, and Scriptwriter
In 2017, Nam Yeon-woo returned to the big screen with a movie called Lost to Shame. Although he took a part in this movie as an actor, he was also the director. He also wrote a script for this. This movie was his first debut as a person behind the camera.
This movie is all about a person with a different sexual orientation. Here, Nam Yeon-woo played the leading role who is given the role of the lead character in a world famous play about a transgender person. It is about his surroundings and how he deals with hypocrisy and the lack of understanding from people. The movie was awarded the New Choice Award at the 42nd Seoul Independent Film Festival, and it was also invited to the Busan International Film Festival in the New Currents section.
In an interview, he told the story of how he ended up making the movie Lost to Shame. Turns out, it was when he overheard some strangers having a conversation while drinking.
“They were discussing how they thought about homosexuals, and most of them agreed they could understand them. However, I questioned myself on my way back home. When people claim they understand homosexuals, do they really? The question grew on me so I had a conversation with a friend of mine who is a homosexual. He told me that it disgusts him when he sees people who say they understand but act the opposite. That’s how I came to develop Lost to Shame.”
Since this movie is about homosexuality and transgender people, he admitted that for him to understand that kind of world better, he did his research about LGBT issues.
“I wanted their portrayal to be as realistic as possible. So, when I finished the script, I gave it to gay and transgender friends to give me feedback. They would also come while I was doing the casting and then rehearsing and shooting- they would watch for the actors to not exaggerate and to be authentic in terms of talking and gestures.”
Of course, it would be much easier if he just cast a transgender actor. But, he refused to do so since he felt that changing himself is a part of being an actor. “For me, as an actor, changing myself, transitioning to somebody I’m not, means acting. So, since I really wanted to see this kind of complete change, I chose an actor who is far from the image of a transgender person. Besides, if I would have cast real LGBT people, I wouldn’t have known what kind of directions to give.”
As this is his first movie when he became an actor, director, and scriptwriter at the same time, he admits that it wasn’t easy but was still enjoyable. “It wasn’t easy, and we had to go through many hurdles. Many people took the film as their own and helped me until the end. It wouldn’t have been possible without them. I think this film was a project I gave all of my energy to.” He also added, “The feeling of seeing what you have imagined coming to reality is amazing. When I direct, I kind of feel alive!”
For now, he already prepared his other directorial project. He even already thought about the title, which is I Am 14 Years Old. And, it was also selected as a part of the Asian Project Market at the Busan International Film Festival. As a director, he will enjoy the process of filmmaking as he now has investors and some great partners. And, as an actor, he is now looking at different scripts and hoping to act again.
Let’s wish him much luck and wait for his next project, whether as a director or an actor!