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“Melt the desire to dig up the pain and wounds of our history”

“I like dark and grotesque stories… I will continue to do so in the future.”

Director Jaehyun Jang

Director Jaehyun Jang

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Lee Young-jae = Director Jang Jae-hyun’s new film ‘Breakfast’ has a very different feel from his previous works ‘Black Priests’ (2015) and ‘Sabaha’ (2019).

One of the features that contrasts with previous works is that it maximizes audio-visual elements that can only be experienced in theaters.

“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was frustrated after scanning the QR code to enter the theater and watching the movie while wearing a mask. I was wondering what would happen to movies in theaters in the future, and it took my breath away to see such a hot and powerful movie that can only be experienced in the theater. “I felt a sense of mission to make a movie with real meaning. I think I set the tone (overall atmosphere) of ‘Pamyo’ at that time.”

Director Jang, whom we met at a cafe in Samcheong-dong, Seoul on the 22nd, when ‘Breakfast’ was released, answered a question about why he came up with the idea:

‘Digging a Grave’ is a story about feng shui master Sang-deok (played by Choi Min-sik), undertaker Yeong-geun (Yu Hae-jin), and shamans Hwa-rim (Kim Go-eun) and Bong-gil (Lee Do-hyeon), who experience scary things while digging up their ancestor’s graves at the request of a wealthy family. The audience is immersed in the eerie atmosphere created by the late autumn mountain scenery and the strange sounds that penetrate their ears.

‘Difficult things’ that have been in the grave for a long time sometimes reveal themselves. This is also different from previous works, and is a part where the audience’s reaction may be mixed.

“If you are trying to make a ‘reality-based’ movie and something comes out, it can be uncomfortable. However, I think there is no point in making a movie if there is no progress (different from previous works). As long as you make it ‘well-made’ and simple, you can make progress. “I pushed through to the end even though it might be a bit uncomfortable because I thought there was no solution.”

Director Jang created a unique occult world by combining Christianity, Buddhism, and shamanism in ‘Black Priests’ and ‘Sabaha.’ He is credited with pioneering K-occult, a Korean version of the Western occult genre.

‘Pamyo’ combines traditional feng shui and shamanism. Here, the story was told by incorporating the difficult history of the nation.

“If you look at our country’s history, we have suffered (from foreign powers), and I think the festering remnants of that are still having an impact today. I had a desire to ‘dig up’ it. Like pulling out a callus from a toenail, the painful wounds and fears of our past were removed. “I wanted to pull the same thing out.”

Movie ‘Buried Grave’

Movie ‘Buried Grave’

The results of Director Jang’s coverage while traveling around the site are fully reflected in ‘Breakfast’. Director Jang, who attempted to become a funeral director, participated in about 15 funerals.

“It was a drizzling day. The excavation is usually done with an excavator, but this was a place where an excavator could not enter. While working with a shovel in the rain, I saw a sight that cannot be expressed in words. At that time, excavation was a way to bring out the mistakes of the past. “I thought it was a process of normalization, and it created the core of this film.”

The actors’ outstanding performances are also considered a strength of ‘Pamyo’. Choi Min-sik, Kim Go-eun, Yoo Hae-jin, and Lee Do-hyun draw the audience into the story with their flawless acting. Choi Min-sik and Kim Go-eun, who are at the center of the story, deliver performances that will be engraved in the audience’s memory.

Director Jang said that he wanted to show a new side of Choi Min-sik, who played Yi Sun-sin, who faced the enemy without blinking in ‘Roaring Currents’ (2014) and as a fearsome killer in ‘I Saw the Devil’ (2010), in ‘Breakfast’.

“I wanted to show the audience his fearful and frightened appearance. When I met my senior (Choi Min-sik) and told him about it, he showed me a frightened expression right then and there.”

While filming ‘Breaking the Grave’, Choi Min-sik was injured to the point of cracking his ribs while acting as if he was falling down, but it is said that he showed his fighting spirit by not saying a word until the filming of the scene was over and being taken to the emergency room as soon as filming was over.

Director Jang highly praised Kim Go-eun, saying, “She will become a world-class actress, and I think her prime begins now. I am proud that we have such an actress in our country.”

He laughed, saying, “There was no alternative to Kim Go-eun (for the role of Hwa-rim), but she was famous as a Christian, so I approached her cautiously (when casting her). If she said she wouldn’t do it, I wondered if I should change (Hwa-rim) to a male shaman.”

I asked Director Jang, who has been obsessed with the occult, if he had any plans to try other genres.

“I don’t have much of a desire to try different genres. I like stories where interesting characters enter a dark and grotesque world. I think I will continue to make such films in the future.”

Movie ‘Buried Grave’

Movie ‘Buried Grave’

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