Hype surrounds Song’s latest film, despite Sewol

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Hype surrounds Song’s latest film, despite Sewol

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Song Seung-heon’s latest film “Obsessed” is already making headlines.Provided by NEW

The rising attention being paid to actor Song Seung-heon’s newest film “Obsessed” is prominent on film websites.

On April 24, when the film studio behind Song’s latest work uploaded teaser photos from the movie, more than 4.7 million people logged onto the official website to get a glimpse of the action.

Many industry insiders noted that the interest in the film was quite remarkable, because the marketing team wasn’t able to conduct any promotional activity due to the recent Sewol tragedy.

In the new film, Song plays an elite military officer named Kim Jin-pyung during the Vietnam War.

As Kim becomes embroiled in a forbidden love affair with a woman married to one of his subordinate officers, conflict arises between the two characters.

The film’s director, Kim Dae-woo, is known for writing many successful romances, including “An Affair(1998), “Untold Scandal” (2003) and “The Servant” (2010).

The 23-year-old rookie actress Lim Ji-yeon plays the femme fatale, with whom Song develops a dangerous relationship.

Since debuting in 1996, Song has appeared in many successful dramas, including “Autumn in My Heart” (2000), which helped his rise as a Hallyu, or Korean Wave, pioneer.

“Obsessed” is the actor’s first R-rated romance film.

By Kim hee-eun [enational@joongang.co.kr]


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