Singapore: South Korean Actor Choi Woo-shik Forays Into Singaporean Cinema

Choi Woo-shik

The Korean indie film star is part of 'In the Room's' multinational cast, a new boundary-pushing erotic drama by Eric Khoo

South Korean actor Choi Woo-shik calls 2014 "a year to remember" as he is set to appear in his first international project, In the Room, Singapore's first erotic movie by Eric Khoo. This marks a rare appearance of a Korean actor in Singaporean cinema.

The 24-year-old rose to stardom through Set Me Free, a teen drama by Kim Tae-yong that won both critical and popular acclaim after showing at the 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in October. Having drawn over 22,000 admissions, it is one of the year's most successful Korean indie films.

"I think this year will become the most memorable year of my life," said Choi, who won Busan's Actor of the Year Award  and KT&G Sangsang Madang's Cine Icon Award. "I think I've entered a golden era in my life, and I feel both happy and worried at the same time as an actor."

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Choi will appear alongside Korean actress Kim Kkobbi (2009 hit indie flick Breathless) in In the Room. The multinational cast includes Singapore's George Young, Daniel Jenkins and Koh Boon Pin; Thailand's Aeaw, Japan's Shou Nishino, Malaysia's Lawrence Wong; and Hong Kong's Josie Ho.

It is the much-anticipated new project by Khoo, who has earned a reputation for international film fest-trotting titles such as Mee Pok Man and 12 Storeys. Touted as a "high-concept erotic film," the omnibus project weaves in six stories spanning several decades beginning with the surrender of the British in Singapore in the 1940s.

Predominantly financed by Distribution Workshop, the $800,000 (S$1 million) film is produced is by Hong Kong's Nansun Shi and went into production in Singapore in September.