The 22-year-old Sue Ramirez has explored South Korea at least thrice, one of these was between shoots for the movie “Sunshine Family.”
The actress can write and read Korean — and she loves the food! Some of her favorites are Bibimbap, kimchi, kimbap, and Korean BBQ.
“That’s why, I am in no-diet policy every time I’m there,” she laughed.
On the music side, Sue is a fan of girl group BLACKPINK. She’s also into BTS.
Well, Sue has been Korean Tourism Ambassador to the Philippines for three years now. Among her duties is to share her experiences and promote the country on her social media accounts. She finds the job “easy,” believing Filipinos “already love everything about Korea” anyway.
Movie on family
Sue ticked off another bucket list as actress by working with K-Pop idol Shinwoo of the boy band Blanc 7 in “Sunshine Family.”
The movie was shot entirely in South Korea and it is based on the award-winning 1992 Japanese film, “Hit-And-Run Family.” The dramedy tells the story of Don and Sonya Mapalad (Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino), and their children Shine (Sue) and Max (“Your Face Sounds Familiar” fan-favorite Marco Masa). A Filpino family living in Korea for the past five years, the family’s plans of going back home to the Philippines are challenged after Don gets involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Asked about the experience of working with Shinwoo, Sue shared it went smoothly despite the language barrier.
“It’s (language) really a big factor in a workplace, on how you will communicate with each other. Of course, the culture, their way of living is very different. Thankfully, although it’s quite challenging, we were able to pull it off,” she shared.
Sue described the Blanc 7 member as “really nice.”
“He’s so cute and we even taught him some Tagalog words. It was a very fun experience and we got to sing together. We recorded a song in Korea, which is also part of the film so it was an unforgettable experience.”
“Sunshine Family” will also see, for the first time, renowned actors and long-time couple Nonie and Shamaine teaming up together for a project. The two will add their real-life dynamics as both husband and wife and parents to their performances as troubled partners-in-life turned partners-in-crime Don and Sonya Mapalad.
On working with his wife, Nonie quipped: “She’s brilliant, but she’s also demanding.”
The couple, who also took Korean lessons, has nothing but good words for the Korean production team.
“They are very accommodating and encouraging,” he said. “They are very quiet on the set. You know what? I discovered that everyone in their team is a group of indie directors?
“They are very professional. They work really fast. They’re strict but think it’s all for the betterment of the project.”
Sue, on the other hand, shared she learned a lot about the Korean entertainment industry while shooting the movie.
“They are always on time. They value each other’s time. They work really hard and I admire them for that,” she said.
She was also asked about the meaning behind the movie title “Sunshine Family.” According to her, it mirrors the life of every Filipino.
“Like, despite of all the hardships and challenges, you won’t see the sacrifices and heartaches on their faces. Filipinos are known globally as happy people. Always smiling, very hospitable, very encouraging. That’s the representation of a Filipino family that is shown beautifully in this movie,” she said.
K-pop idol Shinwoo will soon fly to the Philippines to promote the movie.
Directed by Kim Tai Sik, the acclaimed director of the 2007 international film festival-favorite “Driving With My Wife’s Lover,” “Sunshine Family” is a Korean-Filipino co-production between Spring Films and FILM LINE Pictures Productions LTD. The movie opens in theaters on June 5.