Kim Jung-hoon (I Need Romance) has announced his next project, which puts him the lead role of a movie titled Wild Dogs. The project is the directorial debut feature for screenwriter Ha Won-jun, and features Kim Jung-hoon playing a reporter “who lives his life like a makjang.” I’m assuming that doesn’t mean he courts revenge and birth secrets left and right, but rather that he lives with wild excess. His character happens upon a village and starts digging up that village’s secrets.
Hm, sounds dark and mysterious. At least I hope it is, though there’s always the Chaw tactic of going for campy black comedy. Something tells me we’re looking at a more serious tone here, though. The film is hoping to be accepted at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) later this year, which suggests that the so-called secrets involve some kind of genre/paranormal/fantasy element.
Kim says he was drawn to this role because it would expand his acting range and explore a different (more serious) image. Perhaps that’s why he’s reportedly busy taking acting lessons in preparation for shoots, which is something I really wish more actors would do. It’s not like you land your first gig and all of a sudden you no longer need practice! Good for him.
Wild Dogs will begin filming later this month and aims for a release in the latter half of the year. After shooting wraps on the film, Kim plans to head back to dramaland for his next series.