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Excerpt of conversation with Ju Jin Mo
Festival of Asian Film of Deauville
March 9, 2002

Was it difficult for you to prepare your interpretation of the complex character of the general in Musa? You always seem to be on the razor's edge, because of your age, of the difficulty of the mission and your responsibilities towards your army. How did you perceive this character, and make a point of developing him?

Ju Jin-Mo: My role is that of a young General, a young man who became general because his father was a significant general of the Korean Kingdom. He does not have any military experience but tries all the same to be a good soldier, but the situation in which he is in is very complicated.

I wanted to show the interior conflict that this situation causes him, emphasizing his almost unhappy side. He has much difficulty exteriorizing his feelings, but tries however to constantly remain worthy and honorable. It is his duty, because of the responsibilities which history entrusts to him, in spite of what he feels.

At the beginning of the history, the general has only the weight of responsibility. His duty is to fulfill his mission, and to bring back his men healthy and safe. Only when he meets the princess, is his responsibility and his patriotism confronted with a developing love, and he becomes increasingly confused. But honor always remains the essence, and the importance for my character is reflected in the dialogue between him and the princess before the last battle of the film, of his last words as a General.

— Interview by Kaelu San and Takeuchi

The interview was obtained from Sancho Does Asia, a French film site, and is used with their permission. The review was translated using Google Translate (with minor edits).

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