Song: Friction on set helped me grow
SOUTH Korean actress Song Hye Kyo last week downplayed rumours of a quarrel with Hong Kong film-maker Wong Kar Wai during the filming of The Grandmaster, but admitted that there was "some difficulty" with the director.
Although there was "a bit of friction and misunderstanding" with Wong while filming his recent flick, the difficulties helped her mature, she said in an interview with The Korea Herald/Asia News Network,
"It (was not) easy. For me, it was the first time working with Wong. As (Hong Kong film-makers') way of filming was different from that of Koreans, there were both highs and lows (in the filming process)," she said during a promotional event for her new TV drama, That Winter, The Wind Blows, in which she plays a blind heiress of a conglomerate.
The 31-year-old gained fame in Asia as one half of a star-crossed couple in the TV weepie, Autumn In My Heart (2000), which starred South Korean hunks Song Seung Heon and Won Bin.
Since then, she has starred in hit TV shows like All In (2003), a gambling drama about the fierce competition in the casino world, with South Korean heartthrob Lee Byung Hun.
Song famously fell for him while on the set. When they split up the following year, it was the hottest story in South Korean showbiz.
In 2004, she co-starred with singer Rain in the hit romantic-comedy series, Full House.
Song's most recent movie outing was this year's martial-arts film, The Grandmaster. In the movie, she plays the wife of legendary Chinese martial-arts fighter Yip Man, played by Hong Kong actor Tony Leung.
Early this year, Hong Kong news outlets reported that Song and other cast members bickered with Wong over filming schedules and their parts in the movie.
According to the reports, Leung was furious with Wong for deleting a large portion of his scenes.
Neither Wong nor the cast members have directly addressed the rumours, but suspicions of a dispute between Leung and Wong faded somewhat after the two attended this year's Chinese Film Festival together.
So how does Song's Grandmaster co-star rate her?
Leung said: "For an actress who must face a huge language barrier, to come and still do her role so professionally... Well, I think that is amazing."