On August 28th the upcoming OCN drama "Strangers from Hell" held a press conference ahead of the drama's August 31st release. Lee Jung-eun, who received wide acclaim following her appearance in "Parasite" earlier this year, talked about why she chose to join the cable thriller about a young man who moves into an eerie apartment complex in Seoul.
In the drama Lee Jung-eun plays Eom Bok-soon, the enigmatic and vaguely sinister manager of the apartment complex who's always keeping an eye on who comes in or goes out. She was approached for the role some five months after production had finished on "Parasite". Lee Jung-eun said she thought a fun director would make a better project than one who was just hard-working. Lee Chang-hee and the production company fit her definition of fun.
Lee Jung-eun also liked how the drama and the webtoon it was based on were filled with people she felt could actually be met at real-life apartment complexes such as the one in the drama. She said that lately too many dramas are focused around protagonists.
"Strangers from Hell" marks Lee Jung-eun's return to Korean dramas following a streak of film appearances in "Another Child", "Let Us Meet Now", and "Parasite". Im Si-wan and Lee Dong-wook will play the leading roles in "Strangers from Hell".
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"Strangers from Hell" is directed by Lee Chang-hee, written by Jeong I-do-I, and features Im Si-wan, Lee Dong-wook, Cha Rae-hyung, Kim Han-jong, Oh Hye-won, Park Ji-han. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/08/31~Upcoming, Sat, Sun 22:30 on OCN.
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.
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