Ha Jung-woo to Compete with Himself at Year-End Box Office

  • By Kim Sung-hyun

    December 20, 2017 08:42

    Ha Jung-woo will compete with himself at the year-end box office as he stars in two films set for release this month.

    At least 20 million moviegoers are expected to flock to theaters during the year-end season. 

    Ha Jung-woo

    In "Along with the Gods," based on a popular webtoon, Ha plays the grim reaper who escorts the dead to the afterlife.

    The historical drama "1987: When the Day Comes" tells the true story of the pro-democracy movement in June 1987 and the student activist Park Chong-chul, who was tortured to death. Ha plays a prosecutor who attempts to bring the truth of his death to the light.

    "Shooting didn't overlap as I started '1987' in April after filming 'Along with the Gods' for a year from May last year, but I had no time off," he said. "I didn't expect the two films to be released at the same time."

    The two films are very different, "As a fantasy film needs a lot of computer graphics, I had to talk without backgrounds, so I felt like I was talking to a wall," he says.

    As for "1987," he was cautious when he visited theaters to meet viewers. "The families of the victims and civic groups came to see the movie. I couldn't say, 'Enjoy the film.' I just bowed to them without saying anything," he recalls.

    But the two films do have something in common. "I acted, imagining the world of the afterlife, and I came to look back on my life and wonder if I committed any sins. While shooting '1987,' I thought of what it might have been like living in Korea 30 years ago, and was grateful for the freedom and democracy that I can enjoy now," he says.

    Ha starts his next project next month. "I meet people, paint and travel when I have a spare time during filming," he adds. "Spending time on myself always feels good since I'm still single." 

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