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(Yonhap Interview) Actor says film 'Lucid Dream' is all about paternal love

2017/02/16 18:20

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) -- The new Korean film "Lucid Dream" might be reminiscent of the 2010 Hollywood sci-fi movie "Inception" for dealing with dreams but is, at its heart, a story of paternal love, its lead actor Go Soo said Thursday.

"I think this film is easier than 'Inception' and has quite a lot of things to see given its relatively low budget and other conditions," the actor said during an interview at a Seoul cafe with members of the local press, including Yonhap News Agency.

Actor Go Soo poses for the camera in this photo provided by Next Entertainment World on Feb. 16, 2017. (Yonhap) Actor Go Soo poses for the camera in this photo provided by Next Entertainment World on Feb. 16, 2017. (Yonhap)

The upcoming film tells the story of a broadcasting reporter named Dae-ho who slips into his own dreams with help from a psychiatrist to find clues to track down the kidnapper of his little boy taken three years ago. It is the debut film of rookie writer-director Kim Joon-sung.

For those unfamiliar with the meaning of the title, "lucid dreaming" is an elusive state in which you consciously know you are dreaming. Unlike a regular dream where there is no control over what you experience, a lucid dream offers you the possibility to control your surroundings.

Whatever the box office result might be, the film would contribute to increasing diversity in the local film industry with its fresh and unique subject matter, the actor said.

But at its heart, "Lucid Dream" is more about a father even risking his life to find his long-lost son, he emphasized.

"This is what the director and I thought was the most important from the beginning. I think this is a story that everyone can empathize with because we're all somebody's child and can become parents someday."

   Being a father of two in real life, Go said he was able to easily engross himself in the role.

While the filmmaker was in charge of creating spectacles for the film, Go said his goal was keeping Dae-ho's longing for his lost child intact till the end.

Go said Dae-ho is a tenacious and righteous man with his own philosophy as a reporter specializing in unearthing corruption involving conglomerates. He is also a generous single father who tries to spend as much time as possible with his son, said the actor.

Actor Go Soo poses for the camera in this photo provided by Next Entertainment World on Feb. 16, 2017. (Yonhap) Actor Go Soo poses for the camera in this photo provided by Next Entertainment World on Feb. 16, 2017. (Yonhap)

"I thought such tenacity was the most important element of Dae-ho's personality because he never gives up hope of finding his abducted son," he said.

Singer-actor Park Yu-chun from the popular K-pop boy band JYJ plays an unnamed mysterious man in a black suit who confuses Dae-ho by abruptly appearing in his lucid dreams and later in the real world. Encountered in the real world, the man lets the protagonist know of "shared dreaming."

   Park's "This Man" is an important character who holds the key to Dae-ho's destiny, Go said.

"It is a very attractive character that freely moves between dreams and the real world. It was fun to work with him and I think he delivered the role in a charming way."

  

Actor Go Soo poses for the camera in this photo provided by Next Entertainment World on Feb. 16, 2017. (Yonhap) Actor Go Soo poses for the camera in this photo provided by Next Entertainment World on Feb. 16, 2017. (Yonhap)

For a top celebrity, aging is an unwelcome guest. But Go, who turns 40 next year, said he now feels comfortable with his job and is happier than ever before.

"It was tough to act before others and abruptly receive public attention in my early years in my career. So I was mostly gloomy at that time."

   Go debuted with a small role in the 1998 music video for the K-pop group Position's "Last Promise." In 1999, he made his television debut through the MBC sitcoms "My Funky Family" and "Jump."

   He has since starred in many films such as "The Last Princess" (2016), "The Royal Tailor" (2014), "Way Back Home" and "White Night" (2009), and TV series such as "The Flower in Prison" (2016) and "Empire of Gold" (2013).

"Now, I thank god for being able to deliver a broad range of roles as I grow older. I want to honestly feel and experience what I can in my current situation without going against the times and portray characters that match with me in each stage of life," Go said.

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