‘Oldboy’ star returns to big screen in ‘In Our Prime’

South Korean actor Choi Min-sik, best known for his leading role in the film Oldboy (2003), will return to the big screen for the first time in three years in director Park Dong-hoon’s In Our Prime.

Quoted from The Korea Herald on Wednesday, the film was originally planned to be released in the first quarter of last year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, February 7 local time, the film’s distributor Showbox finally confirmed that In Our Prime will hit South Korean theaters on March 9.

In In Our Prime, Choi plays a character named Lee Hak-sung, a school security officer but actually a math genius who defected from North Korea.

Hak-sung meets Ji-woo (Kim Dong-hwi), a student who has difficulty adjusting at school due to his different social background.

Ji-woo asks Hak-sung to teach him math. Through that lesson, the two became close to each other. But one day Ji-woo is framed in an incident at school and Hak-sung’s past risks being exposed.

Through In Our Prime, the film’s distributor said audiences would find Choi acting in a North Korean accent again, 22 years after he appeared in the film Shiri, which is about espionage between the two Koreas.

The veteran actor’s 33-year career was marked by many major films, such as Park Chan-wook’s iconic film Oldboy (2003), Kim Jee-woon’s film I Saw the Devil (2010), Park Hoon-jung’s New World (2013) , and Kim Han-min’s The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014).

The historical drama Forbidden Dream which was released in 2019 is Choi’s latest project before the drama In Our Prime. In Forbidden Dream he plays Jang Yeong-sil, a scientist who lives during the Joseon Dynasty.

Synopsis Korean Movie ‘In Our Prime’, When Mathematics is No Longer Difficult to Learn, Airs Next March. In Our Prime (Hangul: 이상한 나라의 수학자; RR: Isanghan Naraeui Suhakja, Mathematician in Wonderland) adalah film drama Korea Selatan tahun 2022 yang disutradarai oleh Park Dong-hoon. Film ini dibintangi oleh Choi Min-sik, Kim Dong-hwi, Park Byung-eun, Park Hae-joon dan Jo Yun-seo adalah kisah kelas khusus matematika antara dua orang buangan: seorang ahli matematika jenius dengan masa lalu yang tersembunyi dan seorang siswa yang membutuhkan yang menyerah pada matematika.

For school students, generally Mathematics is one of the most difficult and scary subjects when facing mid-term and final exams.

All students will continue to repeat the material on functions, algorithms, differentials and integrals.

‘In Our Prime’ Cast

  • Choi Min-sik as Lee Hak-sung
  • Kim Dong-hwi as Han Ji-woo
  • Park Byung-eun as Kim Geun-ho
  • Park Hae-joon as An Gi-cheol
  • Jo Yun-seo as Park Bo-ram
  • Tang Jun-sang as Lee Tae-yeon, son of Lee Hak-sung
  • Kim Won-hae
  • Joo Jin-mo
  • Kang Mal-geum as Han Ji-woo’s mother

For school students, generally Mathematics is one of the most difficult and scary subjects when facing mid-term and final exams.

All students will continue to repeat the material on functions, algorithms, differentials and integrals.

Likewise, Ji Woo (played by Kim Dong Hwi) who is one of the characters in the film In Our Prime, even though he is a bright child in an elite high school, math can stress him out.

The bright Ji Woo is an elite high school student but suffers from stress because his low math scores can’t get him into college.

His teacher suggested moving to a regular school so he could get good grades, but he couldn’t because his mother felt very proud that he was in an elite school.

There appears to be Hak Sung (Choi Min Sik), a North Korean defector known as the Genius Mathematician, who currently works as a security guard.

This film has a simple plot, but also manages to provide a point of view where Korean teenagers must devote their youth to fierce competition to enter college.

But don’t worry, when you watch this film, you won’t feel complicated with mathematical knowledge, this film can be enjoyed because it successfully combines complex mathematical idioms, models and formulas into fairy tale narratives or music.

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