In her newest terrorist-negotiation motion thriller “The Level Males,” director Yim Quickly-rye wished to relay the message that whereas Korea could also be considered as a strong nation, it can’t make any diplomatic strikes with out america’ consent.
“The Level Males” is a few diplomat and an intelligence officer, performed by Hwang Jung-min and Hyun Bin, who have to put apart their variations and work collectively to free 23 Korean hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Whereas filming for “The Level Males” wrapped up two years in the past, it’s lastly being launched in time for the Lunar New 12 months’s vacation season on Jan. 18.
Director Yim labored with Hwang 21 years in the past within the film “Waikiki Brothers” (2001), and defined throughout a press convention for “The Level Males” held at MegaBox COEX department in Gangnam District on Friday that she wished to launch an “correct” depiction of Afghanistan and speak about Korea’s place in world politics.
“Issues like the discharge of Taliban prisoners, which the terrorists demand within the movie in change for the Korean hostages, are within the arms of the large powers,” stated Yim. “The half the place Hwang’s character Jung Jae-ho says that the Taliban has ‘overestimated’ Koreans addresses that. And we have been very cautious to check Afghanistan properly and provides a radical and practical portrayal of the nation.”
As a result of troublesome filming circumstances — the crew needed to scout tens of various international locations and places earlier than lastly deciding on Jordan — the 2 leads Hwang and Hyun Bin, accompanied by Kang Ki-young of the 2022 ENA sequence “Extraordinary Legal professional Woo,” grew to become even nearer than they already have been.
“I used to be already pals with Hyun Bin earlier than capturing ‘The Level Males,’ however we received to know one another even higher by means of filming,” stated Hwang. “And Kang introduced a lot wanted comedian aid to the movie when issues have been getting severe.”
Relating to the latest controversy surrounding dramas like “Narco Saints,” which prompted the Suriname authorities to launch an official assertion on the Netflix sequence’ faults, director Yim stated that nothing was significantly adjusted in “The Level Males” since this movie set out for a sensible and correct depiction of the Afghan tradition from the get-go.
“I don’t assume we made any assumptions or had any misunderstandings about Afghanistan whereas filming,” stated Yim. “And to an extent, I feel that the precise Taliban are much more infamous then we make them out in ‘The Level Males.’ We’ve tried our greatest to incorporate all we may about this story of Korean hostages, which relies on a real-life occasion.”
Kang, the breakout star of “Extraordinary Legal professional Woo,” stated that he practiced with a local language instructor to study Pashto and that he realized his traces phonetically, as if “memorizing a rap tune.”
The director and forged stated that earlier than filming started, they’d numerous misconceptions and incorrect information about Afghanistan and its historical past and tradition, however that they amended that as they studied in preparation for “The Level Males.”
“I used to assume Afghanistan was within the Center East and that they spoke Arabic,” stated Yim. “However I received to study the intensive historical past of the nation whereas capturing ‘The Level Males’ and got here to sympathize with how a lot it was invaded over the centuries and was violated by imperialist powers.”
To seek out out whether or not the hostages make it dwelling safely, and the way Hwang’s and Hyun Bin’s characters slowly begin to perceive one another after a tough begin, head to theaters from Jan. 18.
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