Park Ji-hwan from 'Our Blues' plays as supporter of Ma Dong-seok in 'The Roundup'

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-23 13:58:36
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▲ This photo, provided by ABO Entertainment, shows Park Ji-hwan. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) – “Do you know who I am?" This is the line of Jang Chen(played by Yoon Kye-sang), which has led numerous parodies since the release of "The Outlaws" in 2017.

Jang I-soo (Park Ji-hwan), who returned alive five years after being stabbed by Jang Chen, repeats a famous line, which he blurted out when Jang Chen stabbed a knife in his heart, in Yanbian dialect in the sequel "The Roundup."

It is a scene that symbolically shows that "The Outlaws" is a single series, and Jang I-soo is a key character that is irreplaceable.

Park Ji-hwan said regarding the line during a video interview with Yonhap News Agency, "I thought a lot about the way of expressing the emotions when playing the scene because I thought it could be weird if I did something wrong.”
 

▲ This photo, provided by ABO Entertainment, shows "The Roundup." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


The Yanbian dialect spoken by Jang I-soo, who is in brown leather jacket with bald hair, made Park Ji-hwan known to the world. In the recent drama "Our Blues," the actor plays a former gangster who is now the owner of the pork soup restaurant while using a Jeju dialect. He said he worked hard to prepare for acting in dialect for months.

"I listen to the radio that speaks a local dialect for months and read it from time to time. Then, I get used to the rhythm and tempo of the character, making myself imagine it without being forced.”

Park said he is making a kind of report on many characters in his notebook. "I imagine the character by making a link with other characters in the scene. I don't think much about the character because it's completed when I meet the other actor."

 

▲ This photo, provided by ABO Entertainment, shows Park Ji-hwan. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The actor’s filmography includes “A Violent Prosecutor”(2016), “1987”(2017), “The Drug King”(2018), “Svaha: The Sixth Finger”(2019), and “Battle of Fengwudong”(2019), which attracted millions of viewers. From the perspective of the audience, there were many minor roles that they can’t remember well, but the proportion in the work is increasing. Park said, "Everything has changed since I appeared in 'The Outlaws'. I got a golden opportunity and many people recognize me now.”

In "The Roundup," Jang has never become a shallow character. In the original work, Jang, who was completely defeated by Jang Chen over the right to run an arcade, is set to establish an employment agency and start a new life in the sequel. He met Ma Seok-do again and plays an important role that completely changes the course of the play unlike in the “The Outlaw.”

In particular, Ma Seok-do does not miss Jang's weakness and utilizes him for investigation. The chemistry between the two men, who criticize each other while being dragged around, has become an essential point in the movie.

Park Ji-hwan explained in terms of his characters, who gradually develop from minor roles to
to supporting roles, "While I sporadically chose feelings in the past, now I tend to think a lot about dividing the scenes. If I used to be the character that seized the day, now I play the character that has to think about the plan for at least a week.”

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Kim Sun Min.)

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