Another “Host”-inspired creature feature
Now here’s interesting casting. Charismatic actor Uhm Tae Woong has recently been cast in director Shin Jeong-won’s latest film (prior work includes Sisily 2km), titled Chaw [차우] — I’m not sure what that means, so am guessing it’s an onomatopoeic term.
In any case, while I normally don’t get excited about mega-expensive blockbusters, and certainly not those that appear to be chasing the Host‘s success, but this time I’m particularly interested with the latest casting of Jung Yumi opposite Uhm Tae Woong. She was brilliant in Que Sera Sera — she’s got this wonderful mix of quirkiness, fragility, and strength — and I always find Uhm intense and gritty (Devil, Resurrection, Delightful Girl Chun Hyang). With not just one but two particularly talented actors in place, perhaps this big-budget horror thriller will turn into something more than a throwaway gorefest.
Plotwise, Jung plays a zoologist; Uhm once again plays a cop, though this time he’s a demoted one. The two work together on the case, and develop a romance as well (they’re both strong actors, so I look forward to seeing how that chemistry sparks). The story unfolds when a series of strange, brutal murders occurs one summer in a mountain village; signs seem to point at a sort of wild beast; hunters and an animal specialist are brought in; the plot thickens.
The film will shoot in San Francisco starting in March, and has brought onboard noted computer-graphics specialist Hans Uhlig (The Day After Tomorrow, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Star Wars: Episodes 1, 4, & 5).