Actor Park Hae-soo Says Global Korean Content Boom Drives Popularity Of “Yaksha” Movie

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SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) — Actor Park Hae-soo on Friday attributed the surging popularity of his latest Netflix film “Yaksha: Ruthless Operations” to the recent global reception of Korean pop culture led by “Squid Game ” and BTS.

“Yaksha” is an action-packed spy thriller revolving around Kang-in (Sul Kyung-ku), a notorious leader of a covert ops team, dubbed the Black Ops team, in the city of Shenyang, in northeast China, and Ji-hoon (Park), an ambitious prosecutor assigned to inspect the Shenyang team.

Released on April 8, the Netflix film debuted at No. 3 on the streamer’s official weekly viewership chart for non-English movies for the week of April 4-10.

“It’s a unique spy movie made in Korea and set in the Chinese city of Shenyang,” Park said in an interview with online media. “Many Korean plays have responded well to global audience demand, and ‘Yaksha’ has benefited from that, I think.”

Park plays Ji-hoon who is looking for ways to complete his inspection as soon as possible. But he is forced to become deeply embroiled in a secret intelligence battle involving a senior North Korean official.

“He’s a high-principled character who doesn’t tolerate any illegal thing or injustice,” he said. “But he falls helpless in the thick of battle without even realizing it. I tried to express the unintended consequences.”

He said ‘Yaksha’, his fourth Netflix project after ‘Persona’ (2019), ‘Time to Hunt’ (2020) and ‘Squid Game’ (2021), helped broaden his acting horizons once again. because he had to play abroad. languages.

Some foreign actors including Hiroyuki Ikeuchi from Japan were cast in the film, and Ji-hoon plays a role in handling foreign spies as he is good at Chinese and Japanese.

“It’s hard to speak foreign languages, and much harder to act in foreign languages. I practiced them a lot,” he said. “I could express my emotions better in foreign languages ​​if given another chance.”

The 40-year-old actor, who rose to international fame for his role in global TV sensation ‘Squid Game’, said the past few months have been amazing for him as he has spent most of his career as a actor on South Korean soil.

While “Squid Game” was nominated for and won prestigious US awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards, he participated in several of them as a cast member and met many Hollywood stars.

“I’ve had great experiences through ‘Squid Game’, attending award shows with so many stars I’ve seen on screens,” he said. “It is an honor to be a member of this project.”

While mingling with the global entertainment industry, he said he feels the growing presence of Korean culture, which is widely open to global audiences through borderless online platforms like Netflix.

“Korean actors and creators have been making quality TV dramas, movies and shows for decades,” he said. “Now they have their day. They have access to global audiences and viewers can see Korean shows.”

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