On Feb 8th, Netflix released still cuts of “My Name is Loh Kiwan”, featuring characters with cold but warm sensibility. “My Name is Loh Kiwan” revolves around Loh Kiwan, a North Korean defector who is desperately trying to get approved as a refugee in Belgium, and Marie, a Belgian-Korean who is a former shooting athlete who has lost her will to live.
The character still cuts released this time capture the journey of Loh Kiwan (Song Joong-ki), who struggles upon arriving in Belgium with the last hope of life, and Marie (Choi Sung Eun), who wanders around after losing the meaning of life, captivating viewers’ attention.
First, Loh Kiwan, with his mother’s last wish to “survive” in mind, came to Belgium alone to obtain refugee status, the last hope to live as a human being with his own name. In the unfamiliar land of Europe where no one speaks his language, Loh Kiwan’s desperate daily life to prove his existence amidst cold stares gathers expectations for Song Joong-ki’s new acting transformation. Song Joong-ki displays impressive acting with subtle changes in his eyes and facial expressions, portraying a strong will to live until the end despite the overwhelming loneliness and anxiety Loh Kiwan must endure as a foreigner.
The intense appearance of Marie shooting with high concentration also catches the eye. Although she once served as a national shooting athlete in Belgium, her daily life is shaken since her mother’s death. The encounter between Loh Kiwan and Marie, who face the most precarious moments of life, and the story they will create as they look at each other and comfort each other amplify curiosity.
Song Joong-ki expressed confidence in the work, “I thought the story of two people at opposite ends of life meeting and comforting each other was fresh and attractive.” Choi Sung-eun emphasized the warm perspective contained in “My Name is Loh Kiwan”, “From finding fundamental rights to living and the love for humanity, there are many layers in the film.“
Director Kim Hee-jin said, “Most of life is filled with pain, but through ‘My Name is Loh Kiwan’, I wanted to show and talk about the fact that there are still corners worth living for. I hope that by naturally following Loh Kiwan’s struggles to survive and the process of meeting Marie and undergoing changes, viewers can understand and support them.”
“My Name is Loh Kiwan” will be released in 190 countries around the world through Netflix on March 1st.