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Song Joong Ki Opens Up About Mixed Reactions to 'My Name is Loh Kiwan

Actor Song Joong Ki's candid remarks shed light on his perspective regarding the mixed reception of "My Name is Loh Kiwan," exemplifying his humility and appreciation for constructive criticism.

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Song Joong Ki Opens Up About Mixed Reactions to 'My Name is Loh Kiwan

Song Joong Ki Opens Up About Mixed Reactions to 'My Name is Loh Kiwan

Actor Song Joong Ki has candidly shared his thoughts on the mixed reactions to his latest film, "My Name is Loh Kiwan." The film, based on Cho Haejin’s novel "I Met Loh Kiwan," portrays the love story between North Korean defector Loh Kiwan, played by Song Joong Ki himself, and professional shooter Marie, portrayed by Choi Sung Eun.

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In an interview at a café in Seoul on March 6, Song Joong Ki addressed the varying responses the movie has garnered. Reflecting on viewers' divided opinions, particularly regarding the romance element, the actor empathetically stated, "I completely understand. I initially turned down the role due to that reason."

However, he went on to express his evolving perspective, saying, "Nevertheless, with time, I found myself connecting with the narrative despite my reservations. A film isn't like a disposable cup you discard after a single use. Even if it doesn't captivate you initially, your perception might shift over time. I hope for such a transformation in viewers' opinions. Yet, if sentiments remain unchanged, that's beyond my influence. I cannot impose my will on others."

Acknowledging the importance of feedback, Song Joong Ki remarked, "I value both positive and negative critiques. Without them, personal growth is inhibited."

When questioned about potential regrets concerning harsh criticism, he responded with equanimity, stating, "It's natural to encounter diverse evaluations. I accept them without remorse."

Furthermore, Song Joong Ki expressed his desire to acknowledge the effort put into the film, emphasising, "I find it challenging to objectively evaluate my own work. However, I wish to give it my stamp of approval. Not necessarily a resounding endorsement, but at least a recognition of effort. This project, with its international filming locations, culturally diverse characters, and being the director's debut, presented numerous challenges. Merely completing it feels like a significant achievement. Hence, I want to affirm, 'You did well.'"

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