Song Joong-ki explores depth of guilt in ‘My Name is Lo Kiwan’

Actor Song Joong-ki / Courtesy of Netflix

Since his 2008 debut, Song Joong-ki has consistently showcased his commitment to acting, embracing a wide range of emotions and genres.In his latest project, the Netflix film “My Name is Loh Kiwan,” Song delves into the theme of guilt, portraying a North Korean defector’s tumultuous journey in the European country of Belgium.The film, based on the 2011 short novel “I Met Loh Kiwan” by Cho Hae-jin, follows the journey of Loh Ki-wan (Song), a North Korean defector seeking refuge in Belgium. Left with meager funds from selling his dead mother’s corpse, Loh finds himself stranded in a foreign land where he struggles to survive.Diverging from the novel, the film introduces Marie (Choi Sung-eun), a Belgian with Korean immigrant parents. Once an accomplished shooter, Marie grapples with personal challenges before crossing paths with Loh and falling in love.

Speaking at a cafe in Jongno District, central Seoul, Wednesday, Song revealed insights into his decision to star in the weighty film. He disclosed that seven years ago, when he was presented with the same script, he had declined it.”Upon first reading the script and considering portraying Loh, I harbored doubts, questioning: ‘How can someone who has come this far consider falling in love as an option?’ The character’s emotions weren’t convincing enough for me.”However, upon revisiting the script five years later, the 38-year-old found himself empathizing with Loh’s emotions.”Although the script remained largely unchanged, my perspective had evolved. I came to believe that what drives people to endure is relying on others, which, to me, embodies the essence of love. It was this realization that persuaded me of the romance in the film and led me 카지노사이트킹 to accept the role.””I guess I’m getting older,” he chuckled.

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