‘Seven Years of Night’ gives evil a human face
Revolving around a guard named Hyun-su (Ryu Seung-ryong), who is about to be assigned to a quiet town, the film begins as he accidentally hits Yeong-jae’s daughter after she suddenly jumps in front of his car.
Not knowing what to do, Hyun-su makes the wrong choice and leaves the girl dead.
The movie doesn’t spend much time tracking down the man behind the innocent girl’s death, but instead goes straight to Yeong-jae’s attempt to impose the same kind of pain on Hyun-su, who has a son of the same age as Yeong-jae’s daughter.
Coming from director Choo Chang-min, who was behind the historical period drama “Masquerade” (2012) which passed the 10 million ticket sales mark, “Seven Years of Night” is an adaptation of a best-selling novel written by Jeong Yu-jeong.
“My biggest concern was how to meld the [novel’s] literary value into the movie. Although my past movies are mostly heart-warming, I wanted to try something new this time,” said Choo during a press event held in central Seoul on Wednesday.
Though based on the theory that human nature is fundamentally evil, the director explained that, “I believe there’s a reason behind our fundamental evil nature. I hoped to provide a [valid] reason for the character’s evil behavior. That’s the biggest reason I decided to sit in the director’s chair.”
The biggest difference between the novel and the film, according to the director, is “the novel stresses thriller elements. Oh Yeong-jae is described as a psychopathic murderer. But I couldn’t quite understand that part, so I thought it was my role to show [the audience] the reasons behind [his] evil nature.”
Regarding his role, Jang said, “Regardless of the film’s performance, I personally have no regrets.”
Co-starring actors Song Sae-byuk and Ko Kyoung-pyo, the movie will arrive in theaters on Wednesday. It is rated 15 and above.
BY JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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