Actor Ha Jung-woo has a unique ability to grab the viewer's attention, both in the way he moves and in the way he talks. Ha, who played the grim reaper in "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds", reprises the role in the sequel "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days", which hit screens on Wednesday.
The sequel was filmed at the same time as the first film, which became a box-office hit with over 14 million viewers when it was released in December last year.
"The difference between the two is that whereas the first film was a tear jerker, the sequel is more of a movie that makes you feel a lump in your throat", Ha said.
The "Along with the Gods" films are fantasies that move between real life and the afterlife. The films are heavily dependent on elaborate sets and computer graphics, so the shooting schedule was totally determined by the needs of the studio. Confusingly for the actors, the final scene of the sequel was filmed just two days after the first scene of the first film.
"But that's our job, so we have to pull it off no matter what", Ha said.
Ha is one of the most prolific actors in the business, having appeared in 45 films since his debut in 2002, averaging four to five films a year. He does not insist on starring roles and says he does not give much thought to his image when choosing projects.
"My priority is whether the script is fun, and whether the production team is capable of realizing the script well. If those things check out, then I don't care what role I get. I'm not in this business to look cool or great as an actor. I just want to be part of the film-making process", Ha said.
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