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“Pyramid Game” will be released on Tving on the 29th

“Pyramid Game” will be released on Tving on the 29th.

The production presentation of the Tving original series “Pyramid Game” (written by Choi Soo-i, directed by Park So-yeon) was held at CGV Yongsan I’Park in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Director Park So-yeon, Kim Ji-yeon, Ryu Dae-in, Shin Seul-gi, and Kang Na-eon attended the event. Jang Da-ah, who was initially scheduled to attend, notified of her absence due to testing positive for COVID-19.

“Pyramid Game” depicts a brutal survival hierarchy war in Baekyeon High School 2nd grade class 5, where students are divided into perpetrators, victims, and bystanders through secret monthly voting, gradually getting entangled in violence. Based on the popular Naver webtoon of the same name (by author Dalkkomnay), it presents a radical and original worldview, depicting a new world of academy psychology thriller. Kim Ji-yeon (WJSN’s Bona) appears as a game sniper who aims to break the pyramid and confronts Baek Harin (Jang Da-ah) at the top of the pyramid.

Director Park said, “As a fervent fan of the original work, I tried to express the power of the original work more strongly. Rather than excluding certain contents from the original and trying to preserve others, I tried to dramatize and adapt the overall message. It’s a work where the strong power of the story and the infinite charm of the characters are evident. I made efforts to highlight those aspects.”

Kim Ji-yeon said, “It’s not just a story of school violence between perpetrators and victims, but it’s unique in that it progresses through the rules of the game. Just as they say a school is a microcosm of society with 25 people, relationships with parents are also intertwined among those 25 people. That’s the differentiating factor. Although it was a scene of school violence portrayed through acting, it was heartbreaking even while filming. I truly believe that school violence must be eradicated and it requires a lot of attention from adults.”

She continued, “There were times when it was emotionally challenging, especially in the beginning, but as I followed the situation, it got better later on. I made efforts to truly feel the situation. While portraying Suzy, I tried to show many different sides of her. Scenes like cursing were intense scenes, and although it was my first time acting in this genre, it was refreshing and one of the acting challenges I wanted to try. I liked the part the most while reading the script, which was that Suzy wasn’t just a victim. It felt refreshing. Although I hadn’t cursed much in real life, it was difficult, but I tried my best.”

Kim Ji-yeon, although a rookie actor, was a veteran in “Pyramid Game”. With actors with little acting experience like Shin Seul-gi from “Solo’s Inferno” to Jang Da-ah, known as the older sister of IVE‘s Jang Won-young, she said, “It was my first time being someone’s older sister in a work, so I felt a lot of pressure. I felt like I had to take care of everything and worried about what to do. I approached it with the mindset of ‘I just have to do well’ as the youngest, but this time, we all worked together with the mindset of ‘Let’s make it well,’ discussing a lot with friends, the director, and going into the shoot with the heart of ‘Let’s create it together.'”

Shin Seul-gi, who appeared on stage, also expressed her concerns about acting as an actor for the first time since ‘Solo Hell’. She said, “It’s a lie to say that I didn’t feel pressured. The more pressure I felt, the more I wanted to immerse myself in this character, and I think I prepared and worked harder so that viewers could believe in the character even more.” She added, “The director didn’t tell me what role she had in mind during the audition, so I didn’t know at all, but what I remember most is that as soon as I finished my last line in the audition, she put glasses on me that she had been holding. It was a moment when I thought, ‘I must have become Do-ah.’ I had been preparing for acting even before ‘Solo Hell.’ Since I had a dream of becoming an actor, I am grateful for this experience on the set. I want to continue learning and growing and show myself as an actor.”

She also made external changes. “I chose my hairstyle and glasses carefully to preserve the original character. I think I minimized makeup because I wanted to emphasize the realistic aspects. Of course, the subject is school violence, but I thought that essence would be clearly revealed in front of violence and absurdity. It was a work that made me think a lot.”

Director Park, who worked with rookie actors to create the work, said, “Jang Da-ah is most disappointed that she couldn’t attend because she contracted COVID. She contacted us just before entering. Except for Ji-yeon, all the casting was done through auditions. The main focus was on the sync rate with the original. We compared gestures, actions, and voice tones of each character. Writer Choi Soo-i also participated in the auditions together during the final audition. Jang Da-ah, who played the role of Baek Harin, was Baek Harin herself. All the actors, including their acting skills and sync rate, were the same, but I thought they matched the character the best. All 25 actors are truly hardworking. This includes Dada as well. She always prepared something even before I requested it. She shared her opinions and ideas. Da-ah even came to the office during a break without shooting and did a 1:1 reading. She made tremendous efforts to portray Baek Harin, and her growth process was clearly visible.”

“Pyramid Game” will be released on Tving on the 29th.


Author Nat.O
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