Jung Woo Sung recently guested on Sung Si Kyung’s YouTube show, where he revealed his candid thoughts about the currently struggling Korean cinema.
In the video, Sung Si Kyung brought up the actor’s latest box office hit, 12.12: The Day. He said, “The casting and acting were so spectacular that it was worth every penny. That matters to people these days with the rising ticket prices and all.”
Jung Woo Sung responded sincerely, “‘Korean movies are in trouble’ or ‘Theaters are struggling. Please visit’—Honestly, I find these slogans somewhat shameless.” He continued, “Even when I am shooting a project, I make time to go to the theater and watch all the recent Korean film releases. Booking tickets has become too easy nowadays. In the past, you had to book in advance, but now you can just go to the theater lobby, get tickets, and wait on the sofas for 10-20 minutes.”
The actor further stated, “I immediately knew when I saw all the couches (in the lobby) gone. I know it as someone in the industry and as an actor who watches all movies in theaters. How many actors actually feel this, though?”
He then stressed, “I want to say this, even if it sounds harsh, to my fellow actors: You say, ‘Please come to the theaters, but do you? Do you go watch Korean films when they’re released?’ Every actor should come and watch every Korean movie, whether it’s a small or low-budget film. Be one of the audiences.”