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Lee Jung-jae makes directorial debut at Cannes with provocative political thriller ‘Hunt’

  • Lee Jung-jae is making his directorial debut with “Hunt,” an action-packed political thriller that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. 
  • “Hunt,” which is set in South Korea in the 1980s, follows Lee’s character, a spy for the Korean National Intelligence Service who works alongside another agent to find a mole within their agency — only to unearth the disturbing secrets rooted in their country. 
  • “I thought that a film that deals with a time when information was strictly controlled by a few powerful people would provide an opportunity for viewers to reflect on our current times,” Lee said. 
  • Coming hot on the heels of the global success of “Squid Game,” Lee added that the rising popularity of Korean films is “a very good opportunity for Korean people to converse with the global community.”

Lee Jung-jae is making his directorial debut with “Hunt,” an action-packed thriller that is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. 

The film carries the same dark political themes as “Squid Game,” the Netflix sensation that launched Lee into the international limelight last year. In “Hunt,” Lee’s character, a spy for the Korean National Intelligence Service, works alongside another agent to find a mole within their agency — only to unearth the disturbing secrets rooted in their country.