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Lee Byung-hun praises 'The Fortress' co-star Kim Yoon-seok

All Headlines 16:57 September 27, 2017


SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- Star actor Lee Byung-hun has praised the performance by colleague Kim Yoon-seok in their upcoming movie "The Fortress."

"Shooting on that day was very important and there was a lot of dialogue to memorize. The mood was also very serious. I've put a lot of effort into preparing my lines," Lee said during a press conference for the movie on Sept. 26, in response to a question about how they prepared for a climactic scene with Kim.

Lee further explained, "Normally when doing rehearsals or takes, I get a sense of my opposite co-star and get a sense of what to expect from them. But I thought Kim was a very fiery actor."

"His interpretation and the points which he emphasized changed during each take. When comparing it to table tennis, for example, I wasn't sure if I had to go on offense or defense," added Lee.

Kim later explained his side of the situation, revealing that he had actually prepared for the scene with an outdated earlier script and had to memorize an updated version on set while shooting.

"The Fortress" is based on the historical events surrounding King Injo of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), who sought refuge in the Namhan Mountain Fortress, located 24 kilometers southeast of Seoul, for 47 days before succumbing to the invasion by the emperor of China's Qing Dynasty and his 100,000 troops.

The movie is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same Korean title by Kim Hoon. It was directed by Hwang Dong-hyuck, best known for "Miss Granny" (2013). The film hits theaters Oct. 3.

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