Song Joong-ki plays the role of “Chi-geon”, an organization’s middle boss living in a harsh reality, in “Hopeless”
Song Joong-ki showcases a new character with a rough appearance, expressions and voice that he has not portrayed before. The film delves into the character’s life, marked by scars and hardships, and how he crosses paths with “Yeon-gyu” (Hong Xa-bin) and accepts him into the organization.
Song Joong-ki underwent a physical transformation for the role, emphasizing the symbolic right ear injury, which complements Yeon-gyu’s left scar, both representing domestic violence. The actor explained that this transformation was done to portray the character’s life effectively.
The interview also touches upon Song Joong-ki’s collaboration with director Kim Chang-hoon, who wrote the script and expressed concerns about tackling the emotional aspects related to domestic violence. Song Joong-ki found common ground with the director in terms of emotions and commended the director’s efforts as a newcomer.
Despite his established career, Song Joong-ki chose to take on a supporting role in “Hopeless” to allow a newcomer like Hong Xa-bin to shine in the spotlight. He focused on ensuring his presence would not distract the audience’s attention from Hong Xa-bin’s performance.
The film features intense action scenes, but Song Joong-ki mentioned that they avoided using action solely for audience stimulation, using it only when necessary to enhance the emotional depth of the story.
In addition, Song Joong-ki expressed interest in planning projects. He hopes to create works that can be shared with the public.
“Hopeless” is a neo-noir thriller film about a boy named Yeon-gyu (Hong Xa-bin), who wants to escape from the hellish reality, meeting an organization’s middle boss Chi-geon (Song Joong-ki) and experiencing the dangerous world together. It is scheduled to be released theatrically on October 11th.