Song Joong-ki, who has been acting for 15 years, attended the 76th Cannes Film Festival for the first time with his action thriller “Hopeless.”

The low-budget “Hopeless” is director Kim Chang-hoon’s long feature debut film, and it was invited as part of the Out of Competition category. Rookie actors Hong Sa-bin and Kim Hyeong-seo, also known as singer Bibi, were seated next to Song at the film’s world premiere and red carpet event on Wednesday.

Song, dressed to the nines in a black tuxedo, was expected to walk the red carpet with his wife, Katy Louise Saunders, who is due to give birth next month. The couple married in January, and it was reported that Katy decided to skip the world premiere due to the film’s violence.

The actors and director Kim received a four-minute standing ovation shortly after the screening.

Song told the audience that he is pleased with his performance and is glad he decided to shoot the film.

Prior to the “Hopeless” premiere, Song told reporters in Cannes that he decided to shoot the project for free because he knew that this type of film would be difficult to fund and that his unpaid appearance would help the project.

“I enjoy confronting myself with uncertainty.” “This may sound a little bold, but I’ve been so successful that I wanted to give myself time to do something fun,” he told reporters.

“Hopeless” tells the story of Yun-kyu (Hong), a man who wishes to escape his daily struggles. Yun-kyu meets a crime organization underboss, Chi-gun (Song), and becomes involved in dangerous situations.

The film is set to be released in local theaters in the second half of this year.

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