Netflix confirmed that its new Korean film What Happened to Mr. Cha? will be released worldwide on January 1, 2021. What Happened to Mr. Cha? is a comedy film about Cha In-pyo, a megastar past his prime, struggling to restore the glory of his heyday as an actor.
In What Happened to Mr. Cha?, the eponymous star plays himself in a transformative role the likes of which he has never before attempted. In doing so, he crosses the boundaries between his real self and the fictional character in the film. He peppers his characterization with the outgoing, relatable and intense aspects of his own personality, while delivering snippets of fresh ideas and hearty laughter. Cho Dal-hwan, who is known for his astute character analysis and steadfast performances in film and television, adds to the fun as Cha In-pyo’s manager and sidekick Kim A-ram.
What Happened to Mr. Cha? is a new undertaking for About Film, which previously produced the film Extreme Job that set a new record with 16 million admissions. About Film is a key player in the South Korean film industry, having also produced Secret Zoo, The Sound of a Flower and Detour. Through What Happened to Mr. Cha? the aim is to please audiences with good clean fun and warm laughter, and demonstrate the appeal of a nice, entertaining film. Kim Dong-kyu, who is handling the screenplay and directing, is gaining attention as a relative newcomer.