Jung Woo-sung says "Lee Jung-Jae is a meticulous director"

Drama&Film / 연합뉴스 / 2022-05-22 11:46:18
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▲ This photo, provided by MegaBox plus M, shows actor Jung Woo-sung, the lead actor of "Hunt". (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo, provided by MegaBox plus M, shows actor Jung Woo-sung (left), the lead actor of "Hunt" and Lee Jung-jae (director), actor and director of "Hunt". (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo, provided by MegaBox plus M, shows actor Jung Woo-sung (left), the lead actor of "Hunt" and Lee Jung-jae (director), actor and director of "Hunt". (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

CANNES, France, May 22 (Yonhap) -- “Due to a friend, I’m being treated like a world star here. It’s all thanks to my friend. Haha.”

Jung Woo-sung, who starred in Lee Jung-jae's directorial debut, “Hunt,” said this in an interview with the Korean press held in Cannes, France on the 21st (local time).

“Hunt”, which was first released through "Midnight Screening" at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, is the first collaboration between Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung after the movie “City of the Rising Sun” in 23 years.

When asked about collaborating with his best friend, Lee Jung-jae with a film that Lee Jung-jae directed himself, Jung Woo-sung said, “I felt very careful. I tried not to make a situation where only both of us were the ones enjoying.”

“This is Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut, and is also a collaboration of Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung’s personal aspirations after decades. However, that’s nothing more than a ‘meaning’. Just because it’s special for us, we can’t expect the audiences to view it as a special movie too. So, I had to be more careful about filming the movie.”

Although the two had several chances to participate in the same project several times, it did not work out.

Jung Woo-sung said of Lee Jung-jae, "Of course, I’d want to work with him anytime. After seeing Jung-Jae working on the script for 'Hunt', I was convinced that 'we'll be able to do our best with no regrets even if we're packed in one basket and it breaks down'. That is why I decided to participate.”

Jung Woo-sung plays Kim Jung-do, an ace agent at the National Intelligent Service who is chasing after his chief. In a rivalry with Park Pyong-ho, another service agent played by Lee Jung-jae, conflict erupts due to their different beliefs.

“When we’re young, we tend to put aside the other person’s point of view, and believe that only our beliefs are correct. In the case of “Hunt,” Pyeong-ho and Jung-do finally realizes that although they might have different perspectives and positions, at the end of the day, they have the same concerns and realizes that ‘the other person might not be wrong.’ In a way, Pyeong-ho and Jung-do are like the mature versions of Hong-ki and Do-cheol from ‘City of the Rising Sun’.”

It is said that when acting, ‘director’ Lee Jung-jae didn’t ask for much of Jung Woo-sung. However, as they were playing a character in a conflicting relationship, both stood sharply even outside the camera. He even said, “There were more times when we did not talk when filming.”

"I felt like someone who knew me wrote the script keeping me in mind,” Jung Woo-sung said. “Because it’s a person I completely have faith in, I just trusted him and acted.”

“Director Lee Jung-jae has a very meticulous personality and is someone who constantly thinks about whether his judgement is right before making any decisions. He constantly ponders where there could be other options, and also has a tenacity to push forward. Although those are the hardships that directors experience on the set, I think he overcame it.”

He said that he was able to see the finished film only after attending the screening of the Cannes Film Festival. He conveyed that he felt good since it felt like opening up a present that he hasn’t even opened yet.

“I liked how the film’s point of view did not deviate from the theme. I think it really shows director Lee Jung-jae’s effort of trying not to lose the theme of the movie.”

“Jung-Jae is a person who always gives me a healthy stimulus. I think it is very important to look after the other in any relationship. He is a good friend who looks at me and conveys his feelings without saying anything whether I did something wrong or not. If I had come to the Cannes Film Festival with another director’s work, I think it would have been a different feeling than what I’m feeling now.”

 

 

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