It’s a busy filming year for Uhm Tae-woong; he next takes a stab at a manager role in the new thriller Cell Phone [핸드폰], directed by Kim Han-min of last year’s mystery-thriller Paradise Murdered [극락도 살인사건].
Following his recent roles in films Forever the Moment and You’re Far Away, Uhm spent five months filming the creature feature Chaw with up-and-coming actress Jung Yumi. Now he returns from a brief break to film Cell Phone, which purports to be full of twists and unconventional material, although the premise sounds straightforward enough: Uhm plays the manager of a top female actress who’s being threatened with blackmail. He risks all to seek the truth and protect his client, facing off with the blackmailer in a two-man showdown.
The other male lead will be cast soon, and although the title immediately brings to mind the movie Cellular, the film is described, rather, as “a Chaser-like thriller.” Gee, everything’s Chaser-like these days, ain’t it? I guess that’s what happens when you follow the money trail.
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