Actor Kim Ji-hoon, who plays Denver in Netflix’s “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area”, is drawing attention by mentioning his “dialect” acting.
Kim Ji-hoon conducted online interviews with various media outlets such as News1 and Newsen on July 1st. According to media outlets, Kim Ji-hoon revealed that he paid particular attention to his dialect acting while playing Denver in “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area“.
Kim Ji-hoon confessed, “I’m a native Seoulite, so I didn’t have much sense of dialect. When I heard it, I could tell the difference between Jeolla-do, Gyeongsang-do and Chungcheong-do.” He explained, “I thought the Seoul speech was not enough to express Denver’s simple ignorance and hot-tempered appearance. Viewers must have had an existing perception, and I thought the most effective means to overcome that and express the character was ‘dialect’.”
Kim Ji-hoon then revealed that he had received special tutoring from dialect teachers 3 months before filming in order to present perfect dialect acting. He said, “If you look at the script, it’s almost a graph chart. It’s an intonation graph. It was difficult for a Seoulite to predict because the Gyeongsang dialect is ever-changing. I marked my lines with arrows for each intonation and worked hard until I got accepted by teachers.”
“Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” depicts a hostage crisis situation set in the Korean Peninsula, involving a genius strategist and people with different personalities and abilities.
Based on the Spanish Netflix series “Money Heist”, this work focused on the Korean Peninsula as the background.
Ryu Yong-jae, who wrote “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area”, emphasized its difference compared to the original, “I believed that with the creation of a layer called ‘North and South Korea’, it’d be so interesting to talk more about how people trust, doubt, betray and cooperate with each other within the police force and the robbery gang.”