Lee Sang Yi And Geum Sae Rok Are Siblings Searching For Love And Justice In “Youth Of May”
“Youth of May” is a melodrama about the romance between Hwang Hee Tae (Lee Do Hyun) and Kim Myung Hee (Go Min Si) set against the turbulent backdrop of May 1980, a historically significant time period in South Korea.
Geum Sae Rok stars as Lee Soo Ryun, a law student from a wealthy family and a close friend of Kim Myung Hee. She is nicknamed “Joan of Arc” as a frontrunner of the student movements in the 1980s, and she takes up this role because she doesn’t feel comfortable with her elite background.
In the new stills, Geum Sae Rok shows her character’s two sides, from her bright and refreshing smile to her more serious focus and attention to detail. Standing in the shadow of her father, Lee Chang Geun (Uhm Hyo Seop), who is a typical capitalist, she feels a sense of responsibility to join the student movement.
The actress said, “She’s someone who champions workers’ rights despite being the daughter of a capitalist. She’s torn between these two sides of her life. I hope that I can make viewers feel the internal battle that she’s fighting. Therefore, I’m working hard in particular at the scenes showing the student movement.”
Lee Sang Yi co-stars as Lee Soo Chan, Lee Soo Ryun’s older brother. He is a businessman who works at a trading company after returning from his studies abroad in France. He starts to fall for Kim Myung Hee, his sister’s friend, after seeing her all grown up when he returns from abroad. However, he gets caught up in a love triangle when Hwang Hee Tae makes his fateful entrance into their lives.
In the stills, Lee Sang Yi flashes a warm smile at Go Min Si. Even though Lee Soo Chan is the eldest son of a wealthy family, he admires Kim Myung Hee’s tenaciousness in building a life for herself and taking care of her family despite adverse circumstances.
Lee Sang Yi said, “[Go Min Si] has an amazing ability to focus. She immerses herself in a situation and her character to the point that it completely changes the atmosphere on set. When I’m acting with her, I naturally feel more focused and energized.”
Go Min Si said, “Lee Sang Yi takes the time to carefully review the complicated relationships his character has with other characters, and brings out Lee Soo Chan’s gentlemanlike demeanor with his own unique charm. He’s a witty actor and is always understanding of his partner, just like his character, so I think that viewers will fall for Lee Soo Chan as well.”
“Youth of May” premieres on May 3 at 9:30 p.m. KST and will be available on Viki.