Ha Jung-woo Talks About Directorial Ambitions

Ha Jung-woo Ha Jung-woo

Ha Jung-woo will soon appear on screen in his latest film, "Kundo: Age of the Rampant," which is set to be released next week.

In the film, he plays a butcher who joins hands with thieves to steal from corrupt officials and gives to the poor.

Asked about the difficulty of the role, "It was difficult to ride a horse and do the action scenes," Ha said. "But the hardest part was shaving my head every morning and then spending three hours on my hair."

Ha has been highly sought after over the past two to three years. He was busy with starring in a couple of hit films such as "The Berlin File" and "The Terror Live" and made his directorial debut with "Fasten Your Seatbelt" last year.

He is now working on his new film "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant" and other film projects.

Ha says he is the kind of person who can't sit still and always has to be doing something.

"After I finished filming 'Kundo,' I went to Hawaii in November and stayed there for six weeks," he said. "I tried hard not to draw or watch movies and instead just took it easy. But I realized that even resting takes effort."

Feeling recharged, the actor resolved to do "anything." Before returning home, he finished the script for "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant," in which he stars and directs.

"I have been acting since I was 20 something, and I thought I'm pretty comfortable with it," Ha said. "But when I started directing, I realized that it’s a totally different experience. It took so many years for me to call myself an actor with some recognition which came along the way, so I hope all my effort and future aspirations to be a great director will pay off one day."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 19, 2014 08:29 KST