闻香识欧巴 The Scent of Oppa
Having starred in many popular Korean dramas, Park Sihoo has always been known to be Korea’s smiling Prince. With the current resurgence of the Korean wave in Asia, it is natural that Oppa will not be left behind. He will be starring as an interior designer in ‘Scent”, a joint Sino-South Korean movie production. He will continue to take on his signature as a warm and loving Prince meeting his fate in this romantic movie.
出演过多部大热韩剧的朴施厚，一直是韩国的微笑王子。在韩流重袭亚洲的今天，欧巴自然不会落后，在中韩合拍电影《香气》中出演一名室内设计师。依旧是温暖的爱情片，依旧是那个命运捉弄下温和而深情的王子模样。文 毛楚潇 化妆 万诗君 摄影 李樵
Any sense of novelty working for the first time with a Chinese movie crew?
Korean dramas are aired weekly and in we need to complete filming within a week so have to do a lot of overnight filming; sometimes the cameraman accidentally falls asleep on location. This time we are filming a movie and work is very well organized, with not many overnighters, which is great.
What was the most memorable scene during filming?
That should be an important bedroom scene. For that I had to regularly work out and went on a diet for three days. Luckily it turned out well.
You once said in an interview that actress Chen Ran is your ideal type, and before that, after the broadcast of the ‘Prosecutor Princess’, everyone considered you and Kim Sooyeon the perfect couple. Is there a difference between Chinese and Korean women?
In fact, there is not much difference, Chinese women are more enthusiastic and passionate. My ideal type is where my first impression (of the woman) comes across as cute, cheerful, lively and passionate.
‘Scent’ is a love story, a path you are most familiar with. Are there any roles which would appeal/challenge you?
Previously I have acted in ‘Confession of Murder’ but I want to take on more powerful (ED: maybe heroic or valiant?) male roles.
Offscreen, is there something that leaves a deep impression on you?
Chinese fans are very passionate, they came from all over (China) to see me, and made me Beijing roast duck. When they come to the filming locations, sometimes they bring roasted sweet potatoes, tried to heat these up so that they are delivered to me warm. Many thanks for their support.
What have you been eating since you came to Beijing?
I like to eat Beijing roast duck, hot pot and mutton kebab. These two days in Beijing, I have been eating a lot of snacks including “Ludagun” (ED: a traditional Chinese dough snack); I can’t refuse, I feel that Chinese food gives one energy.
Is this your first visit to a Hutong*? What is your impression?
At first I thought it was in the countryside, and didn’t expect it to be part of a busy area. To have a Hutong in a city centre means strong cultural heritage; I also heard that the houses here are very expensive.
[ED: A hutong is a narrow alleyway formed by joining together courtyard residences. When you hear people speak of 'the hutongs', they will often be referring to the neighborhoods formed by these alleys.
Development has destroyed many of these traditional neighborhoods, but some have been preserved, most notably those around the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower. These hutongs, close to the Forbidden City, are the spacious and orderly kind that would have belonged to aristocrats and top-ranking officials.
Beijing's poorer hutongs are far more haphazard and cramped, but are still an important part of the city's history. Each hutong has its own name - sometimes many layers of names - and its own set of stories.
(Credits: http://weibo.com; http://beijing.timeoutcn.com; English translation by Nance. Thanks!)