South Korean star Han So-hee in “My Name”
New Delhi, October 5 (PTI) South Korean star Han So-hee said on Tuesday that she had referred to Charlize Theron’s films “Atomic Blonde” and “The Old Guard” to prepare for her role in the upcoming black action series “My Name”.
Directed by Kim Jin-min of âExtracurricularâ fame, âMy Nameâ is a Netflix series that follows the journey of a woman driven by revenge, Yoon Ji-woo (Han So-hee), who trusts a powerful crime boss. Choi Moo-jin (Park Hee-soon) following the murder of his father.
The series is a turnaround for Han So-hee, best known for her K-dramas like “World of the Married” and “Nevertheless,” as she got the chance to face a gritty revenge thriller with plenty of action. .
âWhen I had the first meeting with the director of martial arts, we looked at different styles. He pointed out that this was a long action streak in the movie ‘Atomic Blonde.’ Opponents should have meaning on the screen, so that’s something he advised me to watch.
âI also had to focus on the vital parts of the opponent and I referred to a lot of movies and series. We also looked at ‘The Old Guard’. I looked at different titles for inspiration. , especially those headed by a woman, “the actor said at a global press conference, which was also attended by PTI, from Seoul.
Han So-hee put on 10kg to build her physique for the role and said the biggest challenge for her was to ânot hurt othersâ while filming the action sequences. She is currently learning kickboxing, she added.
Describing the action scenes in the series as “the fight to survive,” Han So-hee said that you can’t pretend you know the stunts because it takes a long time.
“I don’t mind hurting myself. But if I haven’t practiced enough, other people can get hurt. I wanted to make sure I didn’t hurt others and complete the project safely.”
Han So-hee also said that it was interesting to play two nuances in his role as Ji-woo and his undercover cop character Oh Hye-jin.
âI could feel her desperation and determination outside the pages of the scriptâ¦ Ji-woo’s approach to revenge is one-dimensional. She just runs around without thinking about anything else. But Hye-jin is more strategic and reasonable, she is less emotional than Ji-woo, âshe added.
Park Hee-soon, who plays Ji-woo’s mentor and drug lord Choi Moo-jin, said it was “both difficult and rewarding” to play a three-dimensional character who doesn’t trust people. only once.
âI think the scary charisma comes from her position. For me, Ji-woo goes through three phases. First, she is the daughter of her friend and colleague, then she is a member of the cartel, and finally when she is sent. undercover as a cop. In all of these phases I focused on how I would see the character of Ji-woo, what kind of facial expressions I would have, “he said.
Park Hee-soon further said the show’s action sequences “don’t rely much” on cable wires or computer-generated imagery (CGI).
“It was done firsthand, it was very emotional. It’s not like a simple blow, you really have to grab someone and go for it,” he added.
âMy Nameâ also features âItaewon Classâ star Ahn Bo-hyun, âKingdomâ actor Kim Sang-ho, âWorld of the Marriedâ actor Lee Hak-joo and Chang Yull. The series begins airing from October 15 on Netflix.
Ahn Bo-hyun, who plays Jeon Pil-do, the ace of the drug police unit, said his character wanted to eliminate the drug threat from the country.
The actor said he boarded âMy Nameâ as a fan of the director after watching âExtracurricularâ.
Speaking about his equation with Han So-hee, Ahn Bo-hyun said he was impressed to see her work so hard when they first met during their practice sessions for the series.
âShe was so passionate. We had scenes together that were filled with action sequences and because so much practice before the shoot helped us create the chemistry. Thanks to So-hee, we were able to create a lot of great scenes. and memories together, “he added.
This is the second collaboration between Han So-hee and Lee Hak-joo after the acclaimed “World of the Married” show, in which they didn’t have many scenes together.
Lee Hak-joo, who plays Jung Tae-joo – Choi Moo-jin’s quiet right-hand man, said he and Han So-hee became close friends after working on âMy Nameâ.
Kim Sang-ho said that while other cast members engaged in physical actions, his character focused entirely on âbrain and verbal actionâ as he played Cha Gi-ho – the mastermind of the drug police unit.
After playing the role of a policeman on shows like âKingdomâ and âSweet Home,â the actor said he wanted to try the character without a beard.
âHaving facial hair on screen is often used as a gimmick to portray a character who is like an ordinary man deep in his tasks and overworked at times. I didn’t want to do it with this character. Without facial hair, your expressions are more exposed to the public, âhe said.
Chang Yull, who was dubbed the show’s “dark horse” by Park Hee-soon, said he wanted to present an unexpected side to audiences through Do Gang-jae, a character he described as ” the bubbling hot magma “that aspires to be the cartel’s big brother.
âMy Nameâ will premiere at the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in the inaugural âOn Screenâ section this week. The segment was announced this year by BIFF to “feature highly anticipated drama series that will be shown on online video streaming platforms.” PTI RDS BK SHD
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