He won award after award for Best Actor last year. And no wonder. Here’s a sampling of the accolades.
Complimenting the excellent narrative is some wonderful acting, especially from Jung-woo Ha as Young-min. He plays the role in an utterly deranged, yet very subdued manner that is absolutely chilling. This guy is much more frightening than any monster in a horror film could ever be.
Jeong-woo Ha, on the other hand, has a different kind of acting challenge in showing that classic, seemingly contradictory case of almost mild-mannered evil. Many heinous crime stories revolve around deranged people who are never suspected to be cruel by their neighbors because of their quiet, introspective nature and Ha is scary in balancing those two traits.
SO far this year both Heath Ledger’s Joker and Javier Bardem’s hitman Anton Chigurh have been hailed as the scariest movie psychos of all time.
But the truth is they are not even the most frightening characters you will see this year – that dishonour goes to prostitute-hating fiend Young-min in this harrowing South Korean thriller.
Unlike the “cool” Joker and Chigurh, Young-min is totally unappealing – an inadequate, blank young man played with an authentic lack of charm by Jung-woo Ha. That is what a real serial killer is like.
– The Sun, UK