When Time To Hunt begins, Lee Je-hoon’s character is leaving jail, but his friends don’t offer him tofu, the traditional Korean get-out-of-jail gift that symbolizes starting over. It’s just as well. His character Joon-seok has no intention of following a different path. What he learned in jail is how to plot a bigger crime. The dystopian world Joon-seok returns to offers him few legitimate opportunities. Planning a criminal coup and escaping to Hawaii seem like the only logical way to escape his grim situation. The friends who waited for him have no options either. He seduces them into his plan, a plan that downplays the odds.
“I was intrigued by how the characters of this film didn’t think about the consequences in deciding whether they will fight or hide when they were faced with moments of choice,” said Lee. “And also the process of them accepting the responsibility of what followed. I would love to hear what the viewers think.”
Lee is not as impulsive as his character Joon-seok, although he can empathize with the character’s situation.
“As myself and not Joon-seok, I wouldn’t justify or agree with the decisions Joon-seok makes,” said Lee. “You have to think about the consequences of actions, and if they’re negative, that shouldn’t be your choice. But I felt sad about the reality in which Joon-seok and his friends experienced rock bottom and had to turn to such choices.”
Lee, who starred in the fantasy/crime TV thriller Signal, likes roles that challenge his acting skills. Time To Hunt was no exception.