Ha Ji-won cherishes first collaboration with John Woo


12 Sep - South Korean actress Ha Ji-won admitted that she was ecstatic to be given the chance to work alongside Hong Kong filmmaker, John Woo.

As reported on Singtao, the actress who joined Woo and the cast of his new movie "Manhunt" in Venice, shared that she has always loved action movies and that Woo is the epitome of the genre.

While Woo has always been famous in South Korea for his classic movies including "A Better Tomorrow" and "Bullet in the Head", Ha stated that she finally understood why he was so celebrated after working with him.

Dubbed as "John Woo's first female killer", Ha shared that she had to draw inspiration from herself, since she had no great examples to turn to for reference.

"I gave it my all," she said. "I was fully prepared for all the action scenes."

But it wasn't the action scenes that Ha deemed difficult, as the actress, known for her tough roles in Korean movies and dramas, had to wear a kimono in one of the scenes, according to SCMP.

"Every single movement needed to be connected, one to the other, in a sequence. It needed to be beautiful. That was tough for me," she said, adding it was difficult to be elegant in the traditional Japanese shoes.

To make things harder, Woo also would sometimes add new scenes that were not written in the script, and Ha would have to find ways to execute it.

"Manhunt" is scheduled for release in November.