Actor Ji Chang Wook discusses his newly released “The Worst Of Evil” and his approach to the challenges the noir drama presented!
On the morning of the 26th, a production presentation for the Disney+ original series “The Worst Of Evil” directed by Kim Ji-woon was held at the Chosun Palace Grand Ballroom in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Director Kim Ji Woon, along with Ji Chang Wook, Wi Ha Joon, and Lim Se Mi, attended the event.
“The Worst Of Evil” is a crime action drama that depicts the process of police officer Jun-mo (played by Ji Chang Wook) infiltrating an organization to dismantle the central gang alliance involved in narcotics trafficking between Korea, China, and Japan in the 1990s.
Directed by Kim Ji-woon, who has experience in the crime genre with films like ‘The Unjust,’ ‘The Age of Shadows,’ and ‘New World,’ and featuring the production team from ‘New World’ and ‘The Hunt,’ the drama has garnered high expectations.
Director Kim Ji-woon expressed his excitement, stating, “Finally, it will be released tomorrow. I am delighted to introduce “The Worst Of Evil” during the holiday season. ‘Moving’ did well, and I am fortunate for that, but I’m also worried. I’m so nervous. Everyone, including the actors and staff, worked hard on this project. I hope we can show it to many people as soon as possible.”
Regarding the emphasis on directing, Director Kim mentioned, “It’s a story about people who hide their true feelings from each other. I pondered a lot about what emotions that need to be revealed exist within concealed emotions. Thanks to the well-written script, I had many conversations with the actors while filming.”
Ji Chang Wook, who plays the role of the daring police officer Jun-mo, explained his dual roles, saying, “I play two characters. I play both the police officer Park Jun-mo and another character named Kwon Seung-ho, who infiltrates the Gangnam Alliance. My close friend Kwon Tae-ho dies, and I pretend to be his cousin and infiltrate the organization. The boss of the organization, Ki-chul, played by Wi Ha-jun, suspects me. I try to avoid his suspicions and carry out various operations.”
Ji Chang Wook, who expressed concerns upon first reading the script for “The Worst Of Evil” said, “I was worried when I first read the script. Isn’t an undercover story something we’ve dealt with a lot? I wondered if I could express it well, but after reading the script thoroughly, I was able to erase those worries. It had a different tone compared to the conventional noir genre. The colors were different, and the way of expression and emotions were all different. “The Worst Of Evil” has a somewhat younger feel to it. I’m confident.”
Regarding the emphasis on directing, Ji Chang Wook mentioned, “I had to portray two characters. As the play progressed, I had to maintain long breaths and tension. To be honest, I always waited for the director’s direction. Through that, I could adjust the tempo and breathing. I’ve never done a project where I had to maintain tension with such long breaths. I relied more on the director’s eye and directorial directing.”
He continued, “I focused on how the character Park Jun-mo would make choices when he retreats, how he would become more desperate and fall apart. I made efforts to express how this person rationalizes his actions.”
“The Worst Of Evil” premiered on September 27 and has released the 1st three episodes earlier today.