SINGAPORE – When South Korean actress Jung Yu-mi imagined her very first motion position, she imagined it would be along the lines of the sword fights of wuxia movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
As a substitute, in the fantasy dramedy collection The School Nurse Files, the 37-calendar year-aged is combating jelly monsters with a BB gun and a tiny plastic sword.
“To be frank, it is not what I envisioned or dreamed of as a kid growing up,” she suggests at a virtual push conference with regional media.
“But it was a wholly new kind of action sequence which I acquired to experience.”
Even though the battles ended up added later on by way of computer graphics, she provides: “It was thrilling and enjoyment. Team members would give me the ‘okay’ indicator when I was carried out with a scene and I wouldn’t be solely confident what I had finished. But continue to, I felt pretty satisfied.”
The six-aspect Netflix initial sequence premiered past week. It is primarily based on the novel University Nurse Ahn Eun-youthful by South Korean writer Chung Se-rang, who also tailored her guide for the screen.
The series stars Jung (Teach To Busan, 2016) as the title character, who has the amazing ability to see monsters. South Korean actor Nam Joo-hyuk performs a teacher at the identical superior college, who discovers his capacity to recharge Eun-young’s powers in the course of battles.
The 26-calendar year-outdated actor, recognised for his roles in collection like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016), states of his new part: “He is somebody who isn’t going to know himself very well to begin with. But when he realises that he can be the supply of electric power for someone else, he adjustments and develops further more.”
On set, the two sales opportunities were being each individual other’s supply of power.
Jung claims of Nam: “He has a really fast wit and I consider that affected me and manufactured me a lot quicker in my reactions to him as an actress far too.”
But Nam is brief to demur: “It’s the other way about. I sense like I was pursuing her lead and that she genuinely carried me on her back again throughout the series.”
Director Lee Kyoung-mi, 46, suggests in a separate movie interview that she feels The Faculty Nurse Information sequence brought out a shocking aspect to both Jung and Nam.
She suggests: “For Nam Joo-hyuk, it was like, how could somebody be so lovable, so great-searching and so humorous at the same time? And he extremely often brought more to the monitor than just the directions that were in the screenplay.
“For Jung Yu-mi, it is how effectively she dealt with her motion scenes. I had not acknowledged right before how very well she could manoeuvre her body to build motion sequences.”
The director provides: “On best of that, she included a lot of pleasurable, cartoonish gestures and expressions into her effectiveness.”
As for the other stars of the collection – the many jelly monsters – Lee had a say in how they looked.
“There are each harmless jellies and those that Eun-younger has to defeat. For the harmless kinds, I needed them to glimpse sweet – like animals in a mother nature documentary which are not that common to the common general public,” she clarifies.
“For the types that Eun-youthful fights, I required to invoke concern and curiosity by drawing on phobias like trypophobia (concern of closely packed holes).”
Lee is somewhat new to tv as she is superior known as a film director and screenwriter. Her debut element Crush And Blush (2008), which gained her very best new director and finest screenplay at the Blue Dragon Movie Awards, was created by South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook.
The powerful feminine vibe of the venture – with a woman heroine and a woman director and screenwriter guiding the cameras – is common to Lee, whose operates are usually woman-led.
She says: “The tales which are in talks to be established into films – most of them are about males and are male-centric, so I will be way at the rear of in the list of directors who get contacted. Which is why I started creating my very own films to direct, potentially that is why my woman people are so indignant.”
She provides of the character of nurse Eun-young in this collection: “I see the collection as the particular advancement of a heroine who develops when she goes by means of the procedure of wanting to know why she even exists in the very first put.”
Actress Jung agrees that beneath the offbeat fantasy exterior of the sequence is the beating coronary heart of a elaborate feminine guide.
She suggests: “I really feel empathy for her. She has to see these points which are unseen to other folks. I come to feel her loneliness. But she accepts her future and normally takes bold methods forwards.”
The Faculty Nurse Files is out there on Netflix.