LKFF Mini-Review: 킬러앞에 노인 (Killeoapenoin/The Killer behind the Old Man) & Jung Woo-sung Photos

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  1. Ahh, Jung Woo-sung. One of the few Korean actors I like (used to ship him with Jeon Ji-hyun, heh), and his being best buds with Lee Jung-jae is just awesome. Pity his first directorial effort isn’t great, but it’s nice that he’s branching out into other things.

    Hope you’ve been well 🙂

    1. He might improve with the next project. Someone did ask if he was planning to make a feature-length film in the future, he didn’t say no. I forgot to mention he spoke English very fluently – the Q&A was in Korean, but I was invited to a post-screening reception (oh, the wonders of a press pass) where he was speaking in English to some people.

      Well? I’ve only attended too many film screenings and come home after midnight a bit too often!

  2. I felt pretty much the same – I wouldn’t say was ‘bad’ but it just wasn’t very interesting. I suppose it doesn’t help that it’s such a well worn idea either (though those sorts of stories generally end differently). Having said that, it’s as if it’s relying on all of those other films without putting in any of the groundwork itself – he’s a hit-man in a movie so he’s cold and meticulous but he’s getting bored with it and the mask is slipping. The film didn’t really tell us any of that, but we know because we’ve seen it in so many other films. As existential crises go, his was a bit banal 🙁 Oh well, better luck next time?

    1. No, I’m not saying it was bad… just not very interesting. I even felt that people around me were… a little bored? Having a super-fast paced film (Cold Eyes) screening right before didn’t help either – though I wasn’t that keen on that film either (that one too had lots of style and not much substance although it at least tried to provide some substance, just that I didn’t buy it).

      I was vaguely hoping for a twist like the killer being the son, or something.

  3. I figured the short film is more like a personal project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his career, how he feels towards time fleeting and physical strengths weakening when turning mid-aged and pressure of competition from the young. A cold-blooded killer has mercy, but time doesn’t. It’s too personal and psychological, he didn’t even try to make connection with the common audience. I can’t say I like his directorial debut, but I appreciate his deploy of cinematography and music.

    1. Hooo, I have no idea whether it was a personal commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his career! I honestly can’t remember the music (although a friend of mine also commented that he liked it). I did notice when the credits came up that it was the same group that did the music for Hwayi: A Monster Boy… I’m not sure about the cinematography, it was nice but there was nothing I hadn’t seen before?

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