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Scarlet Letter: Love, Murder by the Numbers

2004/10/07 Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

Fans of Han Suk-kyu, star of local hit movies such as "Shiri" and "Christmas in August" will be able to see him in his upcoming movie "The Scarlet Letter" before its domestic release at the end of October as it is the closing film at PIFF this year.

"I really wanted to shoot a movie and play a different and more complicated role than before", Han told reporters in a news conference in July. "And I picked up this movie as my next film after my long break".

Directed by Daniel Byun, who returns with his second feature film after the melodrama "Interview" in 2000, the romantic thriller also stars three popular actresses _ Lee Eun-joo, Sung Hyun-ah and Um Ji-won.

"The movie is more about people's desire rather than romance", said Byun during the conference. "I think you have to pay for satisfying your desire, which I want to depict in the movie".

Taking its name and basic motive from Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, the movie revolves around a talented and intelligent police detective (Han) who indulges in secret affairs although he has a wife (Um) that loves him. He finds himself attracted to Kyong-hee, the wife of a murdered man whose case he is investigating, who is also a suspect. As the story evolves, the relationships between the cop and three women fall into disaster.

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