No.1 Popular Netflix Series Squid Game’s Fame Lee Jung-jae Finally Debuts As Director At Cannes Film Festival

Popular hit Netflix series Squid Game Costar has finally debuted at the 75th Cannes Film Festival and shares about working in Hollywood and Korean content.


Popular hit Netflix series Squid Game Costar has finally debuted at the 75th Cannes Film Festival and shares about working in Hollywood and Korean content.

No.1 Popular Netflix Series Squid Game's Fame Lee Jung-jae Finally Debuts As Director At Cannes Film Festival
Lee Jung-jae

Lee Jung-jae who got popular for playing Seong Gi-hun in Netflix’s Squid Game has debuted as a director at the Cannes Film Festival with his film Hunt.

Hunt is all about an earlier, less melodic chapter in Korean history and takes place several years after South Korean President Park Chung-hee was assassinated in 1979 by the chief of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. It was a coup that ushered in the military dictatorship of Chun Doo-hwan. Hunt is loosely inspired by his subsequent 1983 assassination attempt orchestrated by North Korea. Hunt follows a pair of agents (one played by Jung-jae and the other by Jung Woo-sung) who are both assigned to uncover a North Korean mole within the agency.

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Hunt has got a screening at midnight section and is being shopped for international distribution.  At Cannes, Jung-jae spoke about his film and also about working in Hollywood. He said that the global audience wants more Korean content now. However, he added that if there is a ‘good fit’ for him in Hollywood he would ‘definitely like to join’.

No.1 Popular Netflix Series Squid Game's Fame Lee Jung-jae Finally Debuts As Director At Cannes Film Festival

Debuting as a director at Cannes he said, “Before deciding to direct, I thought I just wanted to make a very fun film. After I got my hands on it and started writing the script myself, I actually wanted to come to Cannes. Because I wanted to come to Cannes, I had to find the subject matter that would resonate with the global audience. The ’80s in Korea was when we had the rapidest growth ever. But democracy didn’t grow as much because there was a military dictatorship and the media was under full control of the government. So I did hear a lot from the older generation and my parents about those government controls. I also witnessed myself college protests. A lot of people told me that I should change the setting to now. But in the ’80s, there was a lot of control of information and people were trying to benefit from fake information and misinformation.”

No.1 Popular Netflix Series Squid Game's Fame Lee Jung-jae Finally Debuts As Director At Cannes Film Festival

Also previously, he signed with the Hollywood powerhouse agency CAA, and shortly ahead of Hunt’s premiere at Cannes, he said, “Working in Hollywood would definitely be a good experience for me. If there was a good fit for me, a good character, I’d definitely like to join. But right now, I feel like global audiences are wanting more Korean content and Korea-made TV shows and films. So I would work in Korea as well very diligently. I might seem a little greedy, but if there was a role that came in Hollywood, I’d definitely like to do that, too.”

Jung-jae will return with Squid Game season 2, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk recently said should be expected in 2023 or 2024. The first season already made Jung-jae become the first Asian actor to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for a best male performer.

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