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[9th Piff] - Interview With Park Hae-il: Actor and Movie Lover Takes In PIFF

2004/10/10 Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

"This year is my third time to visit PIFF and I think every year I come to Pusan, I see improvement in the festival", Korean actor Park Hae-il said.

Park, whose films include "My Mother, the Mermaid" and "Memories of Murder", arrived in Pusan Thursday to take part in the opening ceremony, and is sticking around to enjoy the atmosphere of the festival. He believes the festival has definitely become an event for moviegoers, not only for actors or filmmakers.

The 28-year-old has received acclaim for impressive performances on stage as well as in films. He dazzled audiences in a supporting role as a coldhearted murder suspect in the hit thriller "Memories of Murder". In his most recent movie, "My Mother, the Mermaid", which is screening in the Korean Panorama section, Park plays a kind and gentle postman that falls in love with an uneducated diver.

Park says he likes his supporting role in the 2001 movie "Waikiki Brothers" the most among the characters he has played, since it was his debut film and the character resembled him in many ways when he was in high school.

"When I get a movie script, I try to spend most of my time thinking about the role. I usually ask myself, lying on the floor, `If you were the person in the movie, what would you do?' And then afterward, I also get some tips by discussing the role with the director", he said.

Among the films Park plans to see in Pusan are "So Cute", "My Generation", "Blood and Bones" and "Ocean Fever".

"I think this is a really good opportunity to see a variety of movies in one place so I can learn how other famous actors play their roles in many different movies", Park said.

Although he likes every element of the festival, he wishes people could see the movies shown in PIFF even after the festival ends, since there are so many good movies but not enough time to see them all.

Apart from watching good movies at PIFF, Park thinks that meeting and chatting with people in Pusan is another attraction that draws him to the festival.

Park is now choosing his next film, which would start shooting this winter. "I'd like to play a character that is a bit different from what I have played before. I think it will be better in developing experience as an actor", he said.

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