A beloved webtoon called Eyes Closed is getting the web movie treatment, and B1A4’s Baro (Angry Mom) is confirmed to star, along with rookie actress Seol In-ah (Flower in Prison) and adept character actor Jo Young-jin (Lucky Romance).
Directed by Kim Sol-mae (Third Ward) and written by Ha Seung-hyun (Spring Waltz), Eyes Closed is already in production, which commenced early this year. The story centers around a grotesque murder case involving a psychopath, and each character’s love and conflict will coalesce and unfold in an unexpected manner. Baro takes on the challenge of playing a blind young man, and Seol In-ah plays a high school student who has a crush on him and subsequently follows him wherever he goes. And Jo Young-jin is set to play a detective. The web movie reportedly starts out as a gentle love story between a young man and woman, but a twist arises in the second half, consisting of moments of intense action and suffocating tension.
The original webtoon is a smartphone exclusive that became popular on KakaoPage where it’s published serially, and the web movie adaptation will premiere in March on Titan Platform, a new Korean digital open market media platform. Eyes Closed will be available online on winvention, Titan’s new global content distribution platform, much like YouTube.
Baro seems to choose unique and challenging projects, and this web movie is no different. I was really impressed by his performance in God’s Gift–14 Days, playing a developmentally disabled boy who befriends the protagonist’s missing daughter, and I’m already looking forward to seeing how he tackles this role in Eyes Closed. The new platform and format is also enough reason to check the movie out. Everyone’s branching out into new territory with production, and it’ll be interesting to see: Are web movies here to stay?
Eyes Closed will premiere online in March via winvention.com.
Via Ten Asia