Director Lee Jung-guk. Photo|@9film
Yoon Yoo-seon, Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Se-eun (from left to right) Photo|At9 Film
[Reporter Yang So-young on the Daily Economy Star Today]
5.18 “In the name of the son,” which tells the story of Gwangju, looks for the screen.
On the afternoon of the 28th, a preview and press conference of the movie “In the name of my son” were held at the entrance of Lotte Cinema Konkuk University in Seoul. Director Lee Jung-kook and actors Ahn Sung-ki, Yoon Yoo-sun and Lee Se-eun attended.
“In the Name of the Son” tells the story of Oh Chae-geun (Ahn Sung-ki), who was in Gwangju in May 1980, revenge on those who have no remorse to keep his promise with his son.
It is a meaningful work supported by the Gwangju Metropolitan City and the Gwangju Cultural Industry Promotion Agency, and was written and directed by director Lee Jung-kook. Director Lee Jung-kook made his debut with “The Song of Resurrection” (1990), the first feature film to portray the May 18 pro-democracy movement, and created films of all genres, including “Letter” (1997), “Walk” (2000), and “Blue” (2002). In May 2021, which marks the 41st anniversary of the May 18 Democratic Movement, he wants to talk about “Gwangju on that day.”
Director Lee Jung-kook said, “I was ashamed for a long time after I made my debut at the time when the movie started. It was a bit of a shame, both. Then I’ve been interested in Gwangju since 10 years ago. “After reading the testimonies of many people who participated in 5.18, I thought I should mention it again,” he said. “I wanted to tell the story of Gwangju, which deals with trauma, while preparing a big work originally.” “I was sad and angry because I thought the people in charge at that time would reflect on themselves,” he said.
“I watched a lot of materials and studied for this movie. While making the documentary, it was based on that, so I made this movie. The core of this movie is that people who do not reflect on themselves are not worth living. “The story is based on the Socratic saying.”
Ahn Sung-ki was hospitalized in October last year due to poor health, raising concerns among fans. At that time, he was absent from the promotion of his acclaimed lead film “Paper Flower,” the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival, and the opening ceremony of the Asiana International Short Film Festival, which served as the executive chairman. Fortunately, she appeared at the 10th Beautiful Artist Award ceremony held in November, a month later, drawing attention.
“It’s been two years since I filmed a movie,” said Ahn Sung-ki, who recovered his health. It was going to be released last year but came back this year because of Corona. “I think it’s a good thing that I can see it now,” he said. “No matter what the theme is, if there is any authenticity that the work has, of course it should be done.” “I also participated in ‘In the name of my son’ because I felt that way,” he said.
Yoon Yoo-sun said, “There was no hesitation because there was a warm drama. I didn’t know much about 5.18. It happened when I was young, and I think there was a misunderstanding even after I grew up. Watching Myanmar news, we didn’t know that situation and I’m sorry and heartbroken that there was a misunderstanding. I’m grateful that I can express my feelings as an actor.”
Lee Se-eun, who returned after a long time, said, “It’s been a long time since I returned to work. “It was an honor to film works with respected seniors who do not need to be explained in words,” she said. “There are many heavy issues considering the historical events in Korea.” There were many movies about May 18. “Even though the theme is heavy, there are many grandmothers and grandfathers, and it is attractive to touch human emotions that are closely related to life.”
Ahn Sung-ki, who played an action scene in the drama, said, “I usually take care of myself,” and added, “Was it okay?” drawing laughter. He also said, “Oh Chae-geun is getting revenge. “But if these emotions don’t build up, they won’t be persuasive or touching, so I tried to build up my emotions as I filmed them one by one.”
Ahn Sung-ki said, “There was a tragic incident, and I will look for people who are interested in it, but I think it will generally be known as a historical event.” The pain and suffering still continue, and this must be addressed somehow. It is not just up to the older generation. “I think we need to overcome the pain and suffering that remains with a lot of interest.”
Yoon Yoo-sun said, “I didn’t know that I was filming a movie. It’s a movie with an apology. “I hope there will be someone who takes the same courage as Oh Chae-geun and takes the burden off.”
‘In the name of the son’ will be released on the 12th.
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