Main lead MBLAQ Lee Joon plays as Oh Young who works as an actor, here portraying a troubled character from a script and bringing it to the streets. Image from Hancinema.
Oh Young Shicks directorial masterpiece comes to life with the screenplay written by noneother than Kim Ki Duk in the movie Rough Play. Without a doubt, any Kim Ki-Duk is considered as a ‘namedropping’ success, and ‘Rough Play’ is no different. Poignantly written in his own satirical style, the emotions tugged isn’t your feelings moved like a love story would but sympathy towards the entertainment industry that has been explicated through the scenes, understanding hardship, dilemma, decisions and life. Tragic in its own right, it only resolves our conclusion that no matter how hard we would want to escape the ones who have authorization over you, scenes upon scenes to unveil the worlds most fragile industries.
Rough Play pulls a spiraling sensation for the audience to share the emotions of main lead Lee Joon’s (of boy group MBLAQ, previously played in Wachowski brothers’ ‘Ninja Assassin’) playing as Oh Young who works as an actor, but an idealistic actor. Engrossed with his stage character in the public streets like a disturbed person, he continues to pull attention from passerbys as he recites his lines and gets attached to a female mannequin outside of a building. Later, Oh Young gets scouted by a manager who sees his potential as a big star. In order to be a big star, one has to sacrifice their own ties and feelings in order to get to rise on top. Day after day and power against power comes to his stridewill he accept the chance to rise on top, or will he return to square one to be true to himself?
For those of you who would be skeptical with the main lead, fret not as all stereotypes nor expectations are shatteredLee takes his character in to stupefy audience in a powerful act; also seemingly a reflection of his own, as an entertainer in the entertainment industry and how he, in real life, is filial to his parents (in the movie, whether hes sober or drunk calling to his mother to tell her that he is healthy and will send some money no matter what is the case).
Overall, us audience are to experience and learn the spiraling journey of an actor to be a top-notch actor, portrayal of the honest and dark side to the film industry, Rough Play is filled with emotional performances and much plot intrigue. K-pop heartthrob Lee gives a well-played manic performance as he plays an actor who hits it big time and discovers the corrupted world of the film industry, only to be ceremoniously kicked out back into his humble beginnings. The whirlwind of emotion is powerful enough to make one almost despise the continuity of the film industry’s corruption, but leaves you with just enough hope to believe that not all of it is true. The film gives a pleasant mix of romance, sex, violence, comedy and drama for any audience wanting to be deeply satisfied whilst mentally provoked into participation. View the trailer here.
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