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Park Shin-hye says ‘Call’ a never-before-seen mystery thriller

Park Shin-hye (left) and Jeon Jong-seo of
Park Shin-hye (left) and Jeon Jong-seo of "Call" poses for picture during a press conference on the movie held in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)

Actress Park Shin-hye will be returning to the big screen for the first time in three years with “Call,” a movie she describes as the tensest and fiercest among those in which she has acted.

“There are stories that stimulate my imagination as I read on. They make me wonder how alike or different those imaginations will be when the stories are actualized on the set,” Park said at a press conference in Seoul on Monday.

Park exclaimed she got goosebumps just reading the script of “Call.”

The upcoming movie is a science-fiction thriller revolving around a phone call that connects two women of different time periods.

Seo-yeon, played by Park, comes home to find an outdated-looking phone on which she becomes connected to Young-sook, who had lived in the same house 20 years earlier. Although they have never met each other, through the phone call, the two women living 20 years apart quickly become close.

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Actress Jeon Jong-seo, who received wide recognition in 2018 with her film debut in Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” plays the woman living in 1999, who then tries to change the future through her phone calls with Seo-yeon.

Director Lee Chung-hyun, who said he watched “Burning” three times in the movie theaters, said he knew Jeon would be the best fit for Young-sook the instant he saw her on the screen.

Jeon, who played the uncanny and surreal character Hae-mi in “Burning,” says her character in the upcoming movie is very different from her previous role.

“Young-sook is a character who is always emotionally overheated and is seemingly violent and aggressive,” Jeon said.

Veteran actress Kim Sung-ryung stars as Seo-yeon’s mother, who struggles to find Seo-yeon after she suddenly disappears.

The eldest and most experienced among the all-female leads, Kim said she had an exceptionally pleasant time on the set with her fellow actresses.

“Although the story of the film was scary, the shooting itself was all eating, talking and laughing,” Kim said.

Lee El plays the most mysterious character among the four leads, a shaman and the spiritual mother of Young-sook who tries to control the young woman’s destiny. A spiritual mother or father initiates the possession ritual and training process of to-be shamans.

According to the director, Lee was the only actress he had in mind for the role, owing to her unique and uncommonly strong looks.

Kim, who received several honors at local short film awards last year for his 14-minute “Bargain,” is making his debut commercial feature film with “Call.”

The movie is set to open in local theaters in March.

Cast of “Call,” Kim Sung-ryung (from left), Park Shin-hye, Jeon Jong-seo, and Lee El attend a press conference in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)
Cast of “Call,” Kim Sung-ryung (from left), Park Shin-hye, Jeon Jong-seo, and Lee El attend a press conference in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)

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