Later that year Art Museum by the Zoo, which presented a more down-to-earth side of the actress, saw her win over more critical praise for her acting abilities.Throughout this period, Shim consistently topped magazine polls as the most popular actress in the film industry.Im Kwon-taek's Strokes of Fire, in which he played a mentor to the lead character, became the first Korean film to win a prize at the Cannes film festival (Best Director).Ahn was also the obvious choice to play the nation's chief executive in the romantic comedy The Romantic President.
The early 2000s has seen Ahn continue to balance more popular works with films by veteran directors.
However despite (or perhaps because of) her long absence, she remains the undisputedly most popular actress of the last decade.
In October 2005 she was married to a professor from Yonsei University, and at the time she re-affirmed that she will not return to acting.
January 1, 1952) is the consummate veteran actor, having starred in close to 70 films at the time of this writing.
The local press has even dubbed him with the nickname, "The National Actor".