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Korean actor talks about his role in the new film, Decision to Leave

Korean actor talks about his role in the new film, Decision to Leave

Review: Park Chan-wook’s thrilling mystery ‘Decision to Leave’ is noir at its most nourishing (see box below)

This week sees the release of Park Chan-wook’s new film, Decision to Leave, directed by Bong Joon-ho, who has previously found acclaim in South Korean with the films Oldboy and Snowpiercer. It’s the first film in the long-running Hansel and Gretel franchise to come out of Korea and also the first English language film shot in South Korea in at least a decade. It’s also the first film to feature Yoo Seung-ho, who is in the process of getting his first feature shot in the South.

Park’s film is a complex psychological study of a man who has lived most of his life with his mother and stepfather on his deathbed, and when he meets a woman whose family is looking for her, she’s in no way prepared for the role she is about to play in his life. The film also stars Chae Rim, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo, and has a stellar ensemble cast that includes Chae Soo-young, Chae Jung-won, Go Yoo-young and Ha Kwang-hee, and Jo Jung-suk, who plays his friend.

Decision to Leave is the rare Korean film that features a strong performance from a foreigner, and to that end, you’ve got the beautiful Yoo Seung-ho who plays the central character. We spoke to the actor in English about his role and the film, from the moment he read the script to where he is now, and his thoughts on the state of South Korea in the midst of the impeachment scandal, and what he hopes for his future.

How did you get involved in the project? Did you see the script?

I didn’t see the script, but it was a good idea. During the shooting process I didn’t have a role; they decided that I would play a character in the film, and I was happy to do that. The script was very good and the director wanted me to play the part.

How big of a role did you play in the film? What’s the motivation?

I’m not as dramatic as Ch

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