Lee Jung-jae, star of “Squid Game,” shows off his filmmaking chops in “Hunt,” a spy thriller he wrote, directed, produced, and also stars in.
Lee’s directorial and screenwriting debut had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will be shown outside of competition.
The fast-paced, action-packed film follows two South Korean spies who are charged with identifying a North Korean mole while also probing each other.
Lee, 49, plays one of the spies alongside Jung Woo-sung, a long-time friend and business partner.
The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has begun.
When getting behind the camera, he said his nearly three-decade career came in handy.
“I’ve acted in a variety of genres, and I can recall situations I’ve filmed as an actor that were tough to film or didn’t turn out as I had hoped,” he told Reuters in Cannes.
“When I was writing the script, I attempted to remember those situations so that I could be as effective as possible when directing.”
Lee makes his debut on the heels of the global success of his Netflix series, which has become the streaming giant’s most popular show, as well as the international success of other Korean TV shows, films, and music.
“I am really grateful to be making my directorial debut at this time of Korean cultural revival,” Lee stated.
“With other films and programming, I aim to encounter worldwide audiences and fans more frequently.”
Lee did not hesitate when asked which of the numerous hats he wore on the project he appreciated the most.
“Acting, of course. I’m a performer. It’s my personal identity. As a result, I preferred acting.”