Lee Jung-jae, who made his directorial debut with ‘The Hunt’, “I wanted to make a new spy thing”

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Lee Jung-jae, who made his directorial debut with ‘The Hunt’, “I wanted to make a new spy thing”


Enter 2022.07.05 (13:39)

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“I’ve been working in films for a long time, but writing and directing a screenplay is a very different job.

Actor Lee Jung-jae revealed the motivation for taking on the role of director at the production report of the movie ‘The Hunt’ held at Megabox Seongsu branch in Seongdong-gu, Seoul on the 5th.

‘Hunt’, which will be released on the 10th of next month, is a spy/action film depicting the bloody struggle of the National Security Agency agents to find the spies hidden in the organization. It is the directorial debut of Lee Jung-jae, who rose to global stardom with the Netflix original series ‘Squid Game’.

The film was officially invited to the Midnight Screening section of the Cannes Film Festival in May and made its debut. Lee Jung-jae, who said, “I had the greatest desire to create a new spy thing,” recalled that all teams from the martial arts director to the CG team gathered and had a meeting to improve the completeness of the storyline.

Lee Jung-jae took on the lead role as well as directing and scripting. Park Pyong-ho, played by him, is the deputy head of the overseas team of the Ministry of Security and Security, a person who tenaciously digs into the reality of a spy within the organization after an operational failure.

He said, “Of course, there are times when I miss something a little bit when I work with directing and acting.” He said, “Since this is a part that was considered from the beginning, when the acting, mise-en-scène, or directing aspects are more important to the acting, the directing is the part where the acting needs to stand out more. “I was more focused on that,” he said.

‘Hunt’ is also expected to be a collaboration between Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung for the first time in 23 years since the movie ‘No Sun’ (1999). The two are known as ‘best friends’ in the entertainment industry.

Jung Woo-sung revealed that he rejected the offer four times and confessed, “I wanted to be with you, but there was also fear and caution.”

“I tried a lot to keep a distance and look at it objectively. At some point, I thought that Lee Jeong-jae’s (Lee Jung-jae) constant efforts were ready. ‘Let’s work together no matter what the outcome’. I came to the show because I thought I had to accept it.”

Regarding the result, he expressed satisfaction, saying, “I think the things that we struggled to not end with a film we enjoyed together and a movie we enjoyed were not included in the screen.”

Jung Woo-sung takes on the role of Kim Jeong-do, the deputy head of the domestic team at the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. He and Park Pyong-ho (Lee Jung-jae) suspect each other as spies and form a conflict. Jung Woo-sung said that he tried to reduce conversations with Lee Jung-jae at the scene in order to keep the tension as if he was standing up.

Lee Jung-jae also retorted, “I could feel Woo-seong’s efforts to keep his emotions down while keeping his emotions low on the set.

Jeon Hye-jin took on the role of Bang Joo-kyung, the ace of the AA team overseas, and Heo Seong-tae took on the role of Jang Cheol-seong, an agent on the domestic team of the NHIS, and played as a team with Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung, respectively.

The two shared that they were happy to be able to work together with Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung.

Jeon Hye-jin said, “I think I desperately wanted to see the two of them (Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung) on ​​one screen. Also, I was very grateful that Lee Jung-jae sunbaenim gave me the script.” Heo Seong-tae also expressed his emotion, saying, “I never dreamed that I would be able to act between the two of you, but the filming site is like a dream now.”

Lee Jung-jae also recalled, “I was very nervous to deliver the scenario to my fellow actors. I had to be recognized as a screenplayer rather than an acquaintance, but I was very anxious about whether it would go well.” Thank you,” he replied.

[사진 출처 : 연합뉴스]

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