Actors and Directors of 'Oneday' Talk About Film's Sensitive Subject

Sookyung Park, March 31, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

Kim Nam-gil and Chun Woo-hee team up for an unlikely romance in “Oneday,” a quiet drama about death and the grief of those who survive. “It felt like a fairy tale for adults. I wasn’t sure how the fantasy elements would be used in the film,” said Kim on Thursday at a press conference in Wangsimni, Seoul.

“My biggest concern is always how to convey characters as naturally as possible.” In the film, Kim plays Kang-soo, an insurance company employee who struggles to come to terms with his wife’s illness and death. He spends his days listlessly fact-checking insurance claims and visiting patients at hospitals to check if their injuries are real.

During his visits, Kang-soo comes across Mi-so, a blind woman who has fallen into a vegetative state after an accident, played by Chun. “I always tend to gravitate toward roles that have complicated, subtle internal struggles,” said Chun.

In some sort of spiritual manifestation, Mi-so becomes separated from her body, taking a form only visible to Kang-soo. The two slowly become close, and Mi-so helps Kang-soo face the guilt and grief of his wife’s painful death. Ultimately, Mi-so requests a favor of Kang-soo, which leads him to question the nature of dying.

“Not everybody will agree with the film’s ending,” said director Lee Yoon-ki, who has helmed romantic films such as “A Man and a Woman” (2016) and “My Dear Enemy” (2008).“I tried to make the film in a way that doesn’t commercialize the plight of those with disabilities or the idea of euthanasia,” he said. The film opens in theaters Wednesday. 

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