In a star-studded event on November 14th, the press conference for the highly anticipated film ‘Single in Seoul’ unfolded at the entrance of Lotte Cinema Konkuk University in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. The ensemble cast, including lead actors
and Lim Soo-jung, along with Jang Hyun-sung, Kim Ji-young,
, Lee Sang-yi, Ji Yi-soo, and director Park Bum-soo, graced the occasion, offering insights into the romantic narrative that explores the intricacies of
‘Single in Seoul’ weaves a tale around power influencer
, portrayed by Lee Dong-wook, who relishes solitude, and the anti-loneliness advocate Hyun-jin, played by Lim Soo-jung, an editor at a publishing company. The storyline unfolds when the two collaborate on a book delving into the nuances of the single life experience.
The film intricately navigates the emotional landscape of Young-ho and Hyun-jin, eschewing the typical pace of romance often seen in cinematic narratives. Lee Dong-wook and Lim Soo-jung, during the press conference, articulated their characters’ evolving love story, one that mirrors the gradual progression of relationships in reality. The duo’s on-screen connection, starting from their roles as writer and editor, mirrors their own journey as senior and junior, providing depth to their on-screen chemistry.
Director Park Bum-soo shed light on the film’s intentional focus on the present emotions of the characters rather than delving into their pasts, stating, “It was intended to raise curiosity. Memories from the past can become blurry. It’s a good idea to show decisive events, but I directed it in a way that shows how the two characters have changed after something happened in the past without revealing it”. The director strategically directs the narrative to showcase how the characters have evolved after significant events, leaving the past to the imagination.
Lee Dong-wook, drawing from personal experiences, highlighted the relatable nature of the film, expressing, “In a relationship, I don’t remember clearly how we met, how we broke up, what day we broke up, and what kind of conversation we had.” He added, “We broke up for some reason, and we met for some special feelings. I think we all live with blurry memories in that way. Young-ho also feels the same. I think we all have such memories of a past love.”
Lim Soo-jung emphasized the film’s natural and unexaggerated portrayal of romance, stating, “Two people come together to work and get to know each other. I think the process of opening up our hearts is not dramatically portrayed. I think that’s more natural. Sometimes, love at first sight can happen, but there’s a process in which you don’t realize that you are attracted to the other person”. She lauded the movie’s depiction of the gradual unfolding of emotions, remarking, “I like how these two characters open their hearts little by little in this movie”.
As anticipation builds, ‘Single in Seoul’ is set to premiere on November 29th, promising audiences a refreshing and realistic take on love, relationships, and the intricacies of navigating singlehood in the bustling city.