Netflix has unveiled a tantalizing preview of Song Joong Ki’s upcoming film, “My Name is Loh Kiwan,” adapted from Cho Haejin’s novel, “I Met Loh Kiwan.” The narrative delves into the poignant love story between Loh Kiwan, a North Korean defector portrayed by Song Joong Ki, and Marie, a skilled shooter played by Choi Sung Eun.
The recently released stills provide a glimpse into Loh Kiwan’s arduous journey as he arrives in Belgium, desperately clinging to the last shred of hope. Driven by his late mother’s directive to survive, Loh Kiwan embarks on a solo escape to Belgium, yearning for a fresh start.
However, in a foreign land where language is a barrier, Loh Kiwan faces the daunting task of proving his identity and securing the refugee status essential for a new beginning. Each day presents challenges for him as an outsider with no connections and possessions. Yet, his unwavering determination to survive radiates through his intense gaze.
In parallel, Marie, a former member of the Belgian national shooting team, grapples with personal tragedy following her mother’s demise. Despite her stellar focus on competition, Marie’s life crumbles without a purpose.
Fate intervenes when Loh Kiwan crosses paths with Marie during her darkest moments, leading to an unexpected solace between the two. Song Joong Ki shared his thoughts, expressing, “I found the story of two people whose lives are opposites meeting and comforting one another both appealing and refreshing.”
Choi Sung Eun remarked on the film’s depth, stating, “[‘My Name is Loh Kiwan’] is a film that has many layers. Searching for one’s basic rights, the determination to survive, love for humanity.”
Set to premiere on March 1, “My Name is Loh Kiwan” promises a compelling exploration of survival, love, and the intertwining of two disparate lives against the backdrop of challenging circumstances.