톱스타 | Park Joong-hoon, 2013
South Korea | Korean with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 107 minutes
North American Premiere
Q&A with Park Joong-Hoon following June 28 screening
Like Rough Play, Top Star is a look behind the scenes of the Korean film industry. It tells the story of Tae-Sik (Uhm Tae-woong), a manager of famous actor Won-joon (Kim Min-jun) who gets his own chance to shine in front of the cameras and quickly rises, eventually eclipsing the fame of his former boss. But as his fame rises, so does his ego and desire, and as he develops a god complex, he disposes of all the people who helped him achieve his dream. First-time director Park Joong-hoon—himself a top leading man since the 1980s (Chilsu and Mansu, Two Cops, Nowhere to Hide)—relies on his 28 years of acting experience working on films with major Korean directors to confidently deliver a stylish and compelling tale of the rise, fall, and redemption of an actor. Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service in New York. Co-presented with The Celebrity magazine.