Moon So-ri’s Acting Career
Moon So-ri is one of many veteran actresses from South Korea. She started her acting career in the theater group, Hangang, for two years from 1995 to 1997. She appeared in the short film The Power of Love in 1998. Her first debut on big-screen film was Peppermint Candy in 1999. The film used a reverse chronology method to portray the key event of the main character’s life over the past 20 years that led him to his death. Moon So-ri played as Yun Sun-im, the teenage crush of the lead character, Kim Yong-ho (played by Sol Kyung-gu), who is in a comatose state.
Moon So-ri then appeared on several short films namely Black Cut (2000), To the Spring Mountain (2001) and Plan 19 From Outer Space (2001). In 2002, she acted in film Oasis, along with Sol Kyung-gu, her co-star in Peppermint Candy. The story was about the difficult romance between a mildly mentally disabled man who has just been released from jail and a woman with severe cerebral palsy. The story also showed how the the two main characters are treated by their families and perceived by the people around them. The film was a big hit and earned prizes from numerous film festivals. Moon So-ri acted as Han Gong-ju, the main character with severe cerebral palsy. She received several awards in category Best New Actress and Best Actress.
Her next project after Oasis was A Good Lawyer’s Wife in 2003. The film was about the various affairs of members from a dysfunctional South Korean family. She acted as Eun Ho-jeong, a woman who gave up her dancing career in order to be “a good lawyer’s wife”. Her husband is a successful lawyer who works long hours named Ju Yeong-jak. The character was portrayed by Hwang Jung-min. The film was also a big hit and received awards and nominations in some film festivals and film awards.
She also starred in other films like The President’s Barber (2004), Bravo, My Life! (2005), Bewitching Attraction (2006) and Family Ties (2006). In the latter film, she acted as Lee Mi-ra, a restaurateur who is satisfied with her ordered life until her ex-con brother suddenly appears with his new older wife. She received the award for Best Actress Category in the 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival for her acting.
In 2007, Moon So-ri made her small-screen debut in the drama The Legend. The historical fantasy drama is based on the legend of Dangun and Gwanggaeto The Great of Goguryeo. She acted for the role of Seo Ki-ha, the reincarnation of Kajin, the Mistress of the Earth who has the power of the Black Phoenix. She then acted in several other films like Forever the Moment (2008), Fly, Penguin (2009), Ha Ha Ha (2010) and Leafie, A Hen Into the Wild (2011). The latter was an animated film which depicts freedom, will and the instinctive motherly love of a hen as she raises an adopted duckling. She voiced Leafie, the main character.
Moon So-ri’s other film projects were In Another Country (2012), The Spy: Undercover Operation (2013), Hill of Freedom (2014), The Handmaiden (2016), The Mayor (2017) and Little Forest (2018). Her recent activity was attending the script reading for film Jurors. The film is a reconstruction of the actual case of the first national trial in 2008. She will play as Kim Joon-gyeom, the chief judge who leads the trial. Her co-stars are Park Hyung-sik, Baek Soo-jang and Kim Mi-kyung.
Moon So-ri’s Profile
Name: Moon So-ri (문소리)
Profession: Actress, Film Director, and Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 2, 1974
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Star Sign: Cancer
Husband: Director Jang Jun-hwan
Education: Sungkyunkwan University – Education
Agency: C-Jes Entertainment
Moon So-ri’s Debut as a Director
Moon So-ri made her debut as a director with the short film The Actress. The story line follows a character who learns her male acquaintances’ prejudices against her. The film premiered at the 19th Busan International Film Festival. She made two other short films titled The Running Actress and The Best Director. The feature-length film consist the three short films premiered in 2017. The film was written, directed by and starring herself. The plot based on her experiences in the industry and aim to push better representation of women in film.
Moon So-ri became the first Korean Actress invited as a jury member of the Locarno International Film Festival 2015. The following year, she was invited to the Venice International Film Festival, where she became the first Korean Actress to be a juror on the Orizzonti section.