By Kim Tae-jong
At first glance, the upcoming movie "Our Happy Time
" (Wuridului Haengbokhan Sigan) seems to be a typical melodrama about a couple in love, starring a handsome actor and a pretty actress _ Gang Dong-won
and Lee Na-young
The two stars however say the film is rather a story about the fundamental relationships between people.
"People seem to think that the film is an ordinary love story, but actually, it's about the mutual understanding between people", Lee said Monday during a news conference at Seoul Cinema.
Directed by Song Hae-seong
, the film revolves around Yun-su, a criminal sentenced to death (played by Kang), who meets Yu-jung, a woman who has made repeated suicide attempts due to her troubled youth.
As the seemingly extreme relationship further develops, they help each other soothe their pain.
But as it is based on the book with the same title by Kong Ji-young, which centers on the issue of the death penalty, the film also takes a look at the negative side of the controversial system, and the two actors cautiously show their opposition against it.
"It's hard simply to talk about whether the system should be maintained or not as it is such a sensitive issue, and I realized that the issue is something much more complicated than what we thought. But life is also important to those under sentence of death", Lee said.
Kang also opposes the system by saying, "I'd like to say that I think men can't punish men (with such measures)".
In the film, Yun-su, leading a marginalized life, murders three people and is sentenced to death. But when the mother of one of the victims visits him in the prison and says that she will make an effort to forgive him, he truly atones for his wrongdoing.
"Some people forgive other people for their really big mistakes. But we can't even forgive people for their really trivial faults", Kang said.
Regarding the film, the two actors said that it was challenging to play unusual characters, but their main focus was to express the sincerity that the characters have for each other.
"Director Song, first and foremost, wanted to work with actors who could put sincerity in each and every scene of the film, and now we can say we are quite confident about it. So, although the film deals with a heavy issue, we hope the audience can find and feel the love in the film", Lee said.
"Our Happy Time
" is the fourth film by director Song, who is acclaimed for his humanitarian exploration on human nature in his films including the 2001 melodrama "Failan
", a love story between marginalized people in society.