Directed by Lee Hae Young, Phantom is set in 1933 during the Japanese colonization of Korea. The film depicts the intense story of various suspects who were locked up in a remote hotel as potential “phantom” spies planted by anti-Japanese organizations into the Japanese General Korean Government. As they try to prove their innocence and escape, they encounter an unstoppable operation of a real phantom.
The film stars Honey Lee, Park So Dam, Sol Kyung Gu, Park Hae Soo, and Seo Hyun Woo, all of whom are featured in the newly released poster. Their character transformations capture the essence of Japan’s colonial period in 1933 and provide a preview of a haunted hotel perched on the edge of a cliff.
This hotel is a trap designed to catch phantoms and spies of anti-Japanese organizations and is deliberately placed on a cliff with no escape. This haunting and deceptive place will be the beginning of a story about those who must be caught, those who must prove their innocence in order to live, and the real phantoms who must not be caught.
Sol Kyung Gu plays Junji Murayama, a Japanese police officer whose expression in the poster is a mix between suspicion and caution, while Honey Lee plays Park Cha Kyung, who is in charge of recording communications and cryptograms for the General Government. Park So Dam plays the fashionable Yuriko, the secretary of the general government chief for political affairs, despite being Korean. Park Hae Soo portrays Captain Kaito Dakahara and Seo Hyun Woo plays Chief Chung, who has sharp deciphering skills.
The film also released additional images of Honey Lee, Park So Dam, and Park Hae Soo, with the former actress saying about her character, “Cha Kyung is a character that harbors a deep, incomprehensible sadness. He is a character who has deeply suppressed his emotions rather than open up and work them out. Out of all the characters I’ve played, I believe Cha Kyung is the person who is the most open with the highest caliber. I could do such a wide range of acting and I thought it was a different kind of fun.”
Park So Dam added of Yuriko, “Since she’s an unpredictable character with a lot of variables, I thought about how differently I could portray her in different ways.” Director Lee Hae Young, who previously worked with the actress on “The Silenced,” commented : “Even if I give her the slightest tip, she always puts it into play and is a player who is ready to show off her impeccable skills. I felt trust from the first moment I saw her, and she is someone who makes sure that trust never wavers or breaks.”
For his role as Kaito, Park Hae Soo is said to have memorized his lines, which are all in Japanese, in just two weeks, as well as his co-stars’ Japanese lines. The director said, “When I first saw Park Hae Soo, it was the image of Kaito that I imagined in my head while writing the script. If I have to describe my satisfaction with the Kaito that Park Hae Soo acted as, it is 100 percent.”
Park Hae Soo commented, “Since the day I was cast, I have practiced for five to six hours every day. I thought a lot about [porting] lines that need to take up space in a foreign language, and I did what I could.”
The new trailer offers a look at the tense game of suspicion these characters must play in order to survive. Kaito gathers all the suspects and announces his suspicion that one of them is a phantom spy for an anti-Japanese organization that has deeply infiltrated the CEO of the Joseon government. He gives them one last chance to save themselves when he asks, “Who is that phantom you know?”
In order to live, he gives them all two options: either prove themselves innocent or report someone else.
Check out the action packed trailer below!
“Phantom” will hit theaters early next year on January 18.