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Shin Hae-sun nabs first lead role

In the upcoming film “Innocence” (translation), Shin Hae-sun plays as an elite lawyer working to prove her mother’s innocence in a murder case.

Due to her clear diction, Shin’s fans have long thought that she would be perfect for the role of a lawyer. The character is also the actor’s first lead role in a film. Shin admitted that the burden of responsibility is definitely heavier for the main role.

“It doesn’t mean that I didn’t feel any responsibility for smaller roles,” Shin explained at the press conference at the Apgujeong CGV, southern Seoul, on Thursday. “However, as I play bigger roles in drama series or films, I do spend more time looking over my acting as the responsibility [over my roles] grows larger. I feel that there’s so much that I lack, but the bar [that I set for my acting] is higher than ever.”

Jeong-in, one of the top forces at a big law firm, becomes an attorney for her mother Hwa-ja (played by Bae Jong-ok) when she is arrested as a suspect for the death of a villager in her father’s funeral. Agricultural pesticide was found to be mixed in makgeolli (rice wine), which led to one death and three people in a coma. While the rest of the town people firmly believe that Hwa-ja is guilty, Jeong-in comes to the rescue to prove them wrong.

With the help of make-up, Bae is almost unrecognizable as her character Hwa-ja, a frail old mother suffering from dementia unable to even recognize her own daughter at times.

But according to Bae, what drew her to the film was the gripping story.

“I actually saw a similar news about the agricultural pesticide [few years ago] and found it interesting,” said Bae. “I know that often in small towns in the countryside, families live in the same house for several generations, and wondered how complicated and twisted relationships between neighbors can get if their respective families have a history between them. That’s when the script for ‘Innocence’ came to me.”

“Majority of the mystery films so far in local cinemas were centered upon men,” director Park Sang-hyun pointed out. “This is a story about a mother and her daughter, and how the daughter finds out her mother’s heartbreaking secret during her investigation to save her mother.”

The film is expected to hit theaters on March 5.

By Lee Jae-lim
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