What lurks in ‘The Closet’ is sure to startle moviegoers
While Ha plays a father-to-be in the current box-office hit “Ashfall,” here he is a father who still isn’t sure how to be a parent.
“[He has] mostly been away from home, immersed in his job, and then one day he has to handle the responsibility of being a parent alone,” said Ha of his character. “So although I’m still single, I was able to relate to how awkward my character is to his child.”
When his daughter disappears without a trace, Sang-won is ready to do anything he can to get her back, even going as far as enlisting the help of an unreliable exorcist.
Over the course of his decade-long career, Ha has tried out a myriad of genres, ranging from crime and thrillers to rom-coms, but “The Closet” is the actor’s first attempt at a mystery.
“I’ve never really had to act like I was surprised before, so that was something new for me,” Ha said.
Although the film is being billed as a mystery-thriller, the cast says that audiences will feel differently after watching the film.
“Some might say that it’s a horror or thriller or mystery or drama,” said Ha. “I think each person will feel differently about defining the film because everyone has a different capacity for stomaching the horror.”
“I wanted to talk about families in contemporary society,” director Kim said. “Something lurking behind the closet, or the disappearance of a child is the material we used to get to the essence of the story. I hope people take a chance to appreciate their loved ones around them after they see the film.”
BY LEE JAE-LIM [firstname.lastname@example.org]