Jo In-sung’s Other Performances in Historical Movies
In 2018, Jo was cast in another historical blockbuster movie titled The Great Battle. The movie is about the 88 days of battle at Ansi City during the Goguryeo Dynasty. In the film, Jo In Sung appears as general Yang Man Chun, a defender of Ansi Fortress who leads his forces to fight against China’s largest army. During his interview, he talked about why he took the role.
First, Jo In Sung talked about how he rejected the role twice before actually taking it. He said, “I wondered if I fit the role of Yang Man Chun. When I think of generals, the first people I think of are Choi Min Sik from ‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ and Kim Myung Min from ‘Immortal Admiral Yi Sun Sin.’ That’s why I rejected the role twice. When I received the offer for the third time, I thought, ‘Why are they doing this to me? On top of that, the production cost is 22 billion won [approximately $19.6 million].”
Jo In Sung eventually accepted the offer after hearing the production crew’s determination to create a modern historical drama. They thought they would be able to create a fresh and young historical movie if Jo In Sung played Yang Man Chun. The director added that Yang Man Chun’s age in the movie would’ve been around Jo In Sung’s current age, so the actor decided to experience a new challenge, as well.
The interviewer commented that it was refreshing to hear Jo In Sung’s voice in the movie, even though he didn’t have a “historical movie tone,” and Jo In Sung agreed, saying, “Unless I’m born again, this is my voice. So I needed a clear concept.” Then he added, “I think the first scene was important. As you can see from the movie, it opens up with a battle, and Yang Man Chun appears from behind. I thought the audience would feel frustrated if the serious mood continues from the beginning. That’s when the director asked for us to show the relaxed sides of Ansi citizens. Actors like Bae Sung Woo, Park Byung Eun, and Uhm Tae Goo act freely, so I was able to naturally follow them.”
Have you watched all Jo In-sung’s movies? What do you think about his roles? Do you prefer him playing in mellow drama or historical films?