IU talks about the difficulties she faced when playing a single mother for the first time in movie “Broker”

Singer-actress IU (Lee Ji-eun) expressed her feelings about playing the role of a single mother.

IU attended the official press conference for “Broker” at Palais des Festivals, where the 75th Cannes Film Festival is being held, at 11:45 a.m (6:45 p.m KST) on May 27th. At the event, IU confessed, “It was my first time playing the role of a mother. I felt so burdened and worried since I had to try to express what I had never experienced in different aspects through acting”.

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She continued, “I tried to find out more about baby boxes, the starting point of the movie. I played the role of a single mother but I didn’t know anything about the environment as well as stories of single mothers, so I had interviews with them and watched documentaries”, adding, “I gradually became more interested in single mothers and how they are constantly raising children, I took the opportunity to reflect the experiences on myself.”

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Playing Dong-soo, who was from an orphanage, Kang Dong-won said, “Although my character Dong-soo is a child from an orphanage, he plays the role of a broker who sells children”, adding, “In order to play Dong-soo, I met and talked to people from orphanages to understand their pains and feelings. I wanted to portray the appearance of a person whose pain is healed after meeting So-young, the character played by Ji-eun (IU).”


Meanwhile, “Broker” is a movie that tells about the unexpected and special journey of those associated with baby boxes. It was the first Korean film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at Cannes, for “Shoplifters” (2018) and the Jury Prize for “Like Father, Like Son” (2013) at the Cannes Film Festival. “Broker” was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes this year and was screened as a world premiere at the Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 26th. 

Source: daum

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