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Read about our chat with Paramount+ A BLOODY LUCKY DAY, director Pil Gam-Sung & the cast Yoo Yeon-Seok, Lee Sung-min & Yoo Yeon-Seok about turning this WebToon into a Live Action Series and their characters #ABloodyLuckyDay #ParanountPlus

Read about our chat with Paramount+ A BLOODY LUCKY DAY, director Pil Gam-Sung & the cast Yoo Yeon-Seok, Lee Sung-min & Yoo Yeon-Seok about turning this WebToon into a Live Action Series and their characters

In A BLOODY LUCKY DAY, Oh Taek is a down-on-his-luck taxi driver having an uncharacteristic streak of good fortune when he agrees to drive a mysterious man named Geum Hyuk-soo to a faraway city in exchange for an exorbitant fare. But when the passenger reveals himself to be a serial killer, confessing to grisly crimes in his past and murdering others on the highway, the taxi driver must play mind games to ensure his lucky streak doesn’t come to a deadly end. 

A BLOODY LUCKY DAY stars actors Lee Sung-min (Reborn Rich) as Oh Taek, Yoo Yeon-seok (Narco-Saints) as Geum Hyuk-soo and Lee Jung-eun (Parasite) as Hwang Soon-gyu, and is based on the Naver Webtoon A Day of Bad Luck by Aporia. The ten-episode series is directed by Pil Gam-seong (Hostage: Missing Celebrity) and written by Kim Min-sung and Song Han-na.

All 10 Episodes Are Now Avilable To Stream Exclusively On Paramount+


Criticólogos:

For people that are not aware this project was based on a WebToon, How much of the WebToon translated into this Live Action adaptation?

Pil Gam-Sung (Director):

We kept the original logline of “A taxi driver who had a pig dream takes a serial killer on a long road trip”; but changed a lot of other parts. The original webtoon is centered on Geum Hyuk-soo’s past history of turning into a psychopath, and although that part is important, we had to add a lot of story to make it into a 10-episode series. In addition to Geum Hyuk-soo’s character story, we added parts that weren’t in the original, such as Oh Taek’s narrative, the newly added character Hwang Soon-gyu, and the chase of the police.

L-R Yoo Yeon-seok as Geum Hyuk-soo and Lee Sung-min as Oh Taekin A Bloody Lucky Day episode 1, season 1 streaming on Paramount+ 2024. Photo Credit: Kim Jinyoung/Park Jonghee/Paramount+

Criticólogos:

A Bloody Lucky Day is heavily a character driven story, we have 3 characters whom in the end meet in the middle storywise, what where the challenges in maintaining a balance story between each character and their stories?

Pil Gam-Sung (Director):

As you mentioned, the most important part and challenge for me as a director was to create a balance and rhythm between the three characters. First of all, in the script stage, I worked very hard with the writing team to make sure that the parts where the story switched from one character to another didn’t lose balance. With the actors, we had many rehearsals and talked a lot about how to make sure we didn’t miss any important emotional points. This was only possible because we were working with such experienced and excellent actors. With the crew, we had a lot of ideas through storyboards shared before shooting.

L-R Yoo Yeon-seok as Geum Hyuk-soo and Lee Sung-min as Oh Taekin A Bloody Lucky Day episode 3, season 1 streaming on Paramount+ 2024. Photo Credit: Kim Jinyoung/Park Jonghee/Paramount+

Criticólogos:

How much of the WebToon and your characters this series is based on did you know about before coming into the project?

Yoo Yeon-Seok:

I read the original webtoon before reading the script, and I was intrigued not only by the story itself, but also by the character of Hyuk-soo. With no emotions or pain, a permed haircut, a bizarre appearance like a frog, and the innocence with which he tells the story of his murder like a child, I thought it was even more frightening.

Lee Sung-min:

I found it very difficult to empathize with this character, Oh Taek. I think it was a very sensitive and serious task, because he in a very unique and special situation, and he has to make choices that are not normally understandable. This is different from my real personality, but I had to make the character relatable to the people who are watching it, and I think that was a very sensitive and serious task, because I had to understand his (Oh Taek’s) position and choices, and I hope the people who are watching realize that.

Lee Jung-eun:

After I decided to join the drama, I started watching the webtoon, realizing that it was quite popular. There were lots of excitement about this webtoon turning into a drama.

Lee Sung-min as Oh Taek in A Bloody Lucky Day episode 1, season 1 streaming on Paramount+ 2024. Photo Credit: Kim Jinyoung/Park Jonghee/Paramount+.

Criticólogos:

Oh Taek is most definitely your average guy trying to make ends meet throwned into a crazy situation, many people will relate to your character, so I wonder if you found yourself in a situation such as Oh Teak is on, how would you go about handling said situation?

Lee Sung-min:

If I had been in his shoes, the first thing I would have done would have been to call the police and end this story quickly.(Laughs) At one point, I was thinking that I might have been more brutal, more cruel, and more vengeful than the change in him that we showed in the drama, and that I might have tried to get revenge, but then there would have been no reason for this drama to be made.

Lee Jung-eun as Hwang Soon-gyu in A Bloody Lucky Day episode 1, season 1 streaming on Paramount+ 2024. Photo Credit: Kim Jinyoung/Park Jonghee/Paramount+.

Criticólogos:

Hwang Soon-gyoo seemly is taking upon herself to solve this issue, and is one tough person, fearless some may say, in your opinion is she complete aware of the repercussions of taking justice into her own hands and why is she so motivated to drive on regardless of these reprecussions?

Lee Jung-eun:

It’s not often that a family that has been wronged is driven to seek revenge, and I don’t think she planned for a revenge from the start. She probably chased after the killer, wondering why he killed her son and what drove him to go around brutally murdering people, hoping that he was at least remorseful. How frustrating it must have been to have the police not help her. I believe that in a decent world, people should be able to provide such answers to decent individuals. To add a personal experience, I once discovered my vehicle damaged after leaving it for repair, and no one believed me. Eventually, I secured CCTV footage and found the culprit myself. During the filming of ‘A Bloody Lucky Day’, perhaps due to identifying with Hwang Sun-kyu’s character, there seemed to be a meticulous reflection of reality.

Yoo Yeon-seok as Geum Hyuk-soo in A Bloody Lucky Day episode 2, season 1 streaming on Paramount+ 2024. Photo Credit: Kim Jinyoung/Park Jonghee/Paramount+.

Criticólogos:

Geum Hyeok-soo motivations for this actions are clearly stated as the series develops, his past os hunting him and all his actions are tied to them, how do you do as actor understanding the darker tones of a character such a this one get in the mindset of said character, who do you look at for inspiration? I saw a lot of Dexter (Showtime TV Seires) on Geum Hyeok-soo character.

Yoo Yeon-Seok:

Hyuk-soo is both a psychopath and a person who can’t feel pain. So I approached the character by looking up documentaries about psychopaths and people who can’t feel pain. In particular, since Hyuk-soo kills indiscriminately regardless of motivation, I usually act in full synchronization with the character, but this time I deliberately kept a distance.

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