What would an actor do when director Bong Joon-ho, a Cannes Film Festival winner, asked him to appear in a film by his student? The actor answers yes and is invited to Cannes again.
The new horror-slash-comedy-slash-family-drama movie “Sleep” directed by Jason Yu will be released on September 6th, and Bong, the director of “Parasite” (2019), will serve as an assistant director on “Okja”. It will be the first independent work since working. 2017).
During a group interview with local reporters at a cafe in Jung-gu, central Seoul, actor Lee Sun-kyun said, “I received a phone call from Bong and was advised to work with Yoo. That’s why I decided to appear in ‘Sleep’. It made an impact,” he said. Thursday. “Mr. Bong strongly recommended Mr. Yoo as a talented newcomer, and he was absolutely right.
Director Yoo co-starred in Bong’s film “Okja” in 2017, and “Sleep” is his first film as a director. “Sleep” tells the story of a newlywed couple, played by Lee and Jung Yu-mi, who are troubled by the sleeping habits of Hyun-soo, played by Lee. Hyunsu talks, walks, and breaks things in his sleep. The film was invited to the Critics’ Week section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival and received a standing ovation after its screening.
“Yoo was very economical in directing ‘Sleep,'” Lee said. “Nothing was wasted, I think we used over 90 percent of the footage in the final cut of the film, which is extraordinary. It is no exaggeration to say that there is a reason for this.” Lee previously appeared in Bong’s “Parasite.”
In “Sleep,” one of the things Hyun-soo does in his sleep is walking around the kitchen and nibbling on raw meat out of the refrigerator, among the surprising array of behaviors he does in his sleep. is what stands out. He walked around the house and tried to throw himself out of windows. These scenes were shot by Lee using actual raw meat, which shocked Jeong and other staff at the filming site.
“Those scenes were the most difficult to perform in part one of the film,” Lee said. “But I wanted to try something surprising, so the staff picked out very fresh and clean raw meat. I did and I’m proud of it.”
Regarding the character Hyun-soo, who unknowingly wreaks havoc in his sleep and is unaware when he wakes up, Lee said he tried to express at least a little remorse in his facial expressions to compensate for Hyun-soo’s ignorance. Ta.
“It wasn’t in the script, but I wanted to make it look like Hyun-soo was sorry for what he was doing,” Lee explained. “If I were in his position, if I knew what was going on, I would have packed my things and headed to the hotel or sent my wife to her parents. It’s kind of comical to see the couple trying so hard to stay together, even though they are.”
According to Lee, “Sleep” may look like a thriller on the surface, but the film is both a black comedy and a family drama, effectively blending those genres to create a terrifying experience. It is said that it is something that makes people happy, entertains, and impresses them. The film is thriller in that it has elements of suspense, comedy in that it has laughable moments in between, and drama with a touching plotline between its two stars. It was the genre hybrid that the film introduced that drew Lee to the project in the first place.
“Of course, there was some input from Bong, but the fact that ‘Sleep’ is trying to mix genres and the very strong script were also factors that made me interested in this project,” said Lee. Told. “I also liked the open ending of the movie.”
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the actor to attend Cannes with his family for the first time in Sleep. Lee’s young sons were frightened by the scary parts of the film, but said they had fun at the festival.
“We didn’t get to see a lot of people at Cannes because we were invited to the Critics’ Week section, but it was a great experience for my family,” he added. “Wearing a tuxedo and attending a film festival premiere like Cannes was a gift to my children. I hope the audience will love it as much as I am proud to be part of it.”
Written by Im Jeong-won [firstname.lastname@example.org]