[HanCinema's News] Kim Tae-hoon Talks About "Ultimate Weapon Alice"
By William Schwartz | Published on
When Kim Tae-hoon first read the script for "Ultimate Weapon Alice" he thought that his character was crazy. But Kim Tae-hoon was fascinated by the idea of how he could play such a character, and opened his mind to the role. So it was that the twenty-five year veteran of the South Korean entertainment industry signed up for the Watcha project, which deals with assassins in a high school. Kim Tae-hoon's own character, however, is a senior in the the field that crosses paths with the teenage leads.
Kim Tae-hoon doesn't appear in "Ultimate Weapon Alice" for very long but he leaves a strong impression. His character Spicy is cultivating a new generation of contract killers. He takes it personally when his favorite pupil shoots him, and goes on a drug-induced journey of revenge. While Kim Tae-hoon has played other villains in dramas such as "Bad Guys" and "Angry Mom" he explained that his role in "Ultimate Weapon Alice" is a very different kind of evil.
According to Kim Tae-hoon, the original script for "Ultimate Weapon Alice" was far more experimental. Originally his character was supposed to appear nude, but the director concluded after learning about the condition of Kim Tae-hoon's naked body that this would not be a good idea. Still, knowing this as he did for characterization, Kim Tae-hoon was able to project a sense of demented frenzy that still shines through despite the fact that his character is clothed.
Apparently the relevant injury was sustained on the set of "Navillera" last year, and negatively affects his gait. However, Kim Tae-hoon was still able to turn this to his advantage by making this awkward movement a part of the performance of his mentally debilitated character. Kim Tae-hoon also cited Javier Bardem from the American film No Country For Old Men as an inspiration, saying that he aimed to instill fear and discomfort simply by being on screen due to his ominous aura.
"Ultimate Weapon Alice" is a collaborative project between two directors, Lee Byeong-heon-I and Seo Sung-won. Kim Tae-hoon claimed that Lee Byeong-heon-I did technical shooting while Seo Sung-won was the director the actors interacted with on site. Kim Tae-hoon described Seo Sung-won as a sincere, easy-going person who was fine changing the script as long there was a good reason. Kim Tae-hoon met Lee Byeong-heon-I only once, observing a monitor during outdoor shooting.
Written by William Schwartz
"Ultimate Weapon Alice" is directed by Lee Byeong-heon-I, Seo Sung-won, written by Lee Byeong-heon-I, Seo Sung-won, and features Park Se-wan, Song Geon-hee, Kim Sung-oh, Kim Tae-hoon, Jung Seung-gil, Cha Joo-young. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2022/06/24~Now airing, Fri 23:00 on Watcha.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.