South Korean series available on Apple TV +, Dr. Brain is the impactful new work of Jee Woon-Kim (I Met the Devil). DashFUN spoke with the director and the cast of this horrific thriller.
New South Korean series airing since November 4 on Apple TV +, Dr. Brain is a horror thriller created, written and directed by Jee-Woon Kim (I Met the Devil). In 6 episodes, the show tells the story of how a neuroscientist uses his skills to access memories in his wife’s brain to piece together the mystery of what really happened to his family and why.
DashFUN was able to speak with the screenwriter and director as well as with part of the cast of the series: Lee Sun-Kyun, Seo Ji-Hye, Jae-Won Lee, Yoo-Young Lee and Hee-Soon Park.
DashFUN: What inspired you for this series? And how was the experience of switching from feature film to serial format for the first time?
Jee-Woon Kim: First of all this series is inspired by the universe of “Dr. Brain” which is a popular webtoon in Korea and created by Hong Jac-Ga. I was really captivated by the graphics and this haunting atmosphere where our main character, the scientist Sewon [joué par Lee Sun-Kuyn, ndlr] tries to solve puzzles by examining the brains of suspected cases.
And in doing so, Sewon will learn more about himself, in order to understand the various psychological fractures he suffers from. As for my experience as a director of a series, it was, indeed, a shock because I had to film three times longer than when I was directing a feature film. I used to shoot films of about two hours and here we needed six hours of programming.
I really felt the pressure to get to film everything on a limited schedule. In addition, I wanted each episode of the series to tell an individual story that is not necessarily, totally, connected to the other episodes.
What is this series really about for you? What are the subjects covered?
Lee Sun-Kuyn: For me it’s a series that oscillates between horror and thriller. It really speaks of the journey of a man in desperate search of his son who he thought was dead but who is, perhaps, still alive. It’s really a series about the quest for identity and where each character gradually discovers who he or she really is.
Jae-Won Lee: It’s a metaphor for our society that is always trying to better understand who we are and how our brains work. The approach to humans in “Dr. Brain ”is already an experimental reality on mice. These technological advances seem pretty scary to me.
Yoo-Young Lee: It’s a series that deals with the subject of the ego’s confrontation with itself. Who are we really? How can we grow without the weight of the various existentialist crises that we sometimes go through. To be or not to be, isn’t that the eternal question?
Hee-Soon Park: This series explores the limits of our madness to always want to know more and discover how our brain works. The consequences can be frightening. It is also a series on human dignity and what defines us as human.
Jee-Woon Kim has a sophisticated sense of direction and he knows how to create a thrilling and scary world. I like his way of re-inventing himself through films and now a different series than he did before.
How was your collaboration with the great director Jee-Woon Kim?
Lee Sun-Kuyn: I have always been a fan of Jee-Woon Kim and it has been a great honor to work with him on this series. He has a sophisticated sense of direction and he knows how to create a thrilling and scary world. I like his way of re-inventing himself through films and now a different series than he did before. He always gives you simple and clear instructions, which gives me a lot of freedom with my acting.
Seo Ji-Hye: I love his precision and attention to detail for every scene he shoots.
What was the biggest challenge during the shooting?
Lee Sun-Kuyn: It was a new start for me to be part of a pretty horrific series like this. I had to get used to this very dark world. In addition, at the beginning, my character shows no emotion from his traumatic past. So it was a challenge to play someone like him, who feels nothing and shows no sensitivity in the world in which he operates.
The brain is beautiful, but it can also be frightening. What do you think ?
Lee Sun-Kuyn: What …