[My Daily = Reporter Kwak Myeong-dong] With actor Byun Hee-bong passing away at the age of 81, his famous performance in the movie ‘The Host’ is being talked about by movie fans.
The deceased passed away on the 18th after battling the recurrence of pancreatic cancer, which had previously been declared cured.
Byun Hee-bong debuted as a voice actor in MBC’s second public recruitment in 1966. He later worked as an actor and appeared in various works. In particular, he met director Bong Joon-ho in Chungmuro and gave a brilliant performance. From Director Bong Joon-ho’s first commercial film debut, ‘The Dog of Flanders’, to ‘Memories of Murder’, ‘Monster’, and ‘Okja’, he was called ‘Director Bong Joon-ho’s persona’. In particular, he received the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards for ‘The Host’.
In 2020, he received the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit from the Popular Culture and Arts Awards, the most prestigious government award in the field of popular culture and arts.
Byun Hee-bong received a lot of love as a luxury actor. Among her numerous works, her outstanding performance in director Bong Joon-ho’s ‘The Host’ is still deeply imprinted on the public.
When a monster appears in the Han River, Kang-du’s (Song Kang-ho) father (Byun Hee-bong) fights the monster with a gun and dies when a bullet runs out. Even to this day, I will never forget the look on his face as if he was gesturing to his children while being chased by a monster, saying, “Go ahead,” or, “You at least survive.”
Movie fans are posting this video on various social media and expressing condolences, saying, “Thank you for your excellent acting.”
In an interview with the media at the time of the release of ‘The Host’ in 2006, the deceased said, “I wanted to express that part strongly, but Director Bong Joon-ho refrained from doing so,” adding, “After watching the preview, it seemed like it was right to refrain. “When an actor explodes, the audience cannot absorb it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Song Kang-ho, who appeared as Byun Hee-bong’s son in ‘The Host’, expressed his regret on the 18th, saying, “He is someone who impressed me with his excellent acting in numerous works, starting with the drama ‘Chief of Investigation’.”He paid condolences to the deceased along with director Bong Joon-ho that day.
The deceased’s funeral was set up in Room 17 of the funeral hall at Samsung Seoul Hospital. The funeral will be held at 12:30 pm on the 20th.
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