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Ji Chang-wook smiles once more in ‘The Sound of Magic’

Ji Chang-wook smiles once more in ‘The Sound of Magic’

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The actor, who steps into the musical fantasy style along with his new Netflix drama, The Sound of Magic, talks about broadening his vary and selecting along with his coronary heart

The actor, who steps into the musical fantasy style along with his new Netflix drama, The Sound of Magic, talks about broadening his vary and selecting along with his coronary heart

He was the mysterious evening courier in Healer, the suave undercover agent in The K2, and the tyrannical emperor in Empress Ki. Ji Chang-wook’s versatility and beauty are sometimes mentioned in the identical breath. Now, he’s again on display because the enigmatic and free-spirited magician Ri-eul, in The Sound of Magic.

Directed by Kim Sung-youn, who beforehand helmed the hit sequence Iteawon Class (2020) and Love within the Moonlight (2016), it’s a display adaptation of the favored webtoon, Annarasumanara.

Left to right: Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, director Kim Sung-youn, and Hwang In-youp at ‘The Sound of Magic’ promotions

Left to proper: Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, director Kim Sung-youn, and Hwang In-youp at ‘The Sound of Magic’ promotions
| Picture Credit score: Netflix

Over a morning video name, Chang-wook explains how he’s no stranger to the stage. He was a returning member on the musical, The Days, by 2013 to 2016. The problem, nonetheless, for each him and director Sung-youn, lay in adapting comedian artist Ha Il-kwon’s black-and-white illustrations to a vibrant musical fantasy.

For the 34-year-old, the challenge was a possibility to showcase his repertoire as a performer. “The music, choreography and vocal coaching jogged my memory of my theatre days. Taking part in this magician who’s child-like, frank and emotional on the one hand, but in addition mysterious, appealed to me,” he says.

Hwang In-youp and Chang-wook in ‘The Sound of Magic’

Hwang In-youp and Chang-wook in ‘The Sound of Magic’
| Picture Credit score: Netflix

Following his intuition

Chang-wook, one of the searched names throughout social media, is finishing 15 years in present enterprise. The actor who shot to fame as pace skater Dong Hae in Smile Once more (2010) has carved a distinct segment for himself because the motion hero, with dramas akin to Healer (2014), The K2 (2016) and Fabricated Metropolis (2017). Nonetheless, he now needs to widen his vary.

Staying relatable

The feelings and the fantastical components of the story drew Choi Sung-eun ( Flower of Evil) and Hwang In-youp ( True Magnificence) to the movie. Sung-eun performs a woman who loses her desires, and she or he says “the themes of poverty, wrestle and aspiration will strike a common chord”. For In-youp, taking part in a aggressive teenager obsessive about grades and coming first in every part was acquainted. “My character’s identify, Il Deung, means ‘primary’ in Korean. He displays how our society conceives happiness and success as being efficiency oriented, and the tough requirements it imposes on people.”

After finishing his army service in 2019, a number of of his tasks, together with Melting Me Softly, Backstreet Rookies and Love Struck within the Metropolis had been met with lukewarm response. He says his decisions are instinctive. “For me, it’s fairly private. [I choose] relying on what pursuits me at that second. It’s additionally vital that the script is participating.”

Whereas he admits that he has not “set any requirements for myself as such”, he provides that he needs to do roles that resonate with him. He signed The Sound of Magic nearly instantly as a result of the story — of misplaced childhood desires and rising pains — struck an emotional chord. “It introduced again recollections of my very own rising up years, of the loss of life of my father and the difficulties we went by as a household,” he says, including “It drew me to this story of hope and miracles.”

The Sound of Magic premiered on Netflix as we speak.

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