This is possible… Actor Choi Dong-hoon’s surprising imaginary alien synthesis, full of question marks

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Part 1 of Ssangman’s director Choi Dong-hoon’s new film ‘Alien + Human’
“Humans, magicians, and aliens…a story in which heterogeneous things collide”

Actors Kim Ui-seong, Jo Woo-jin, Yeom Jeong-ah, So Ji-sub, Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, and Ryu Jun-yeol attended the production report of the movie ‘Alien + Human Part 1’ (Director Choi Dong-hoon, produced by Caper Film) held at the Conrad Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul on the afternoon of the 23rd and had photo time. Yes. / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

“I dedicated the last days of my youth to this film.”

Director Choi Dong-hoon of ‘Two Million Million’ said this when he returned to the first part of the new movie ‘Alien + Human’ after 7 years.

Director Choi, who opened the Korean caper movie scene with his debut film ‘Reconstruction of Crime’, is the director of ‘Tazza’ (2006) and ‘Woochi Jeon’ (2009), followed by ‘The Thieves’ (2012) and ‘Assassination’, which drew 10 million viewers. (2015) was recognized for its work and box office power at the same time. He drew attention for his unique storytelling in each of his works, and through this work, he created a new genre through the heterogeneous combination of the world of Korean swordsmanship, which he loved the most as a child, and the alien world.

Part 1 of ‘Alien + Human’ is a sci-fi fantasy film depicting the story of the opening of the door of time between sages trying to take possession of the new sword rumored to be in the late Goryeo period and those chasing after an alien prisoner imprisoned in a human body in 2022.

At the production presentation held on the 23rd, director Choi said, “I thought it would be interesting if the world of classic fairy tales and the world of Korean magic (swordsmanship) unfolded together. “he said.

Director Choi confessed that he spent two and a half years on the screenplay of ‘Alien + Human’. He explained, “Naturally, the length of the story increased as the story expanded. I had experience reducing a 4-hour movie to 2 hours and 20 minutes before, so I thought it would be made into one piece.” He added, “I thought it would be dramatic that way,” he added.

This work is said to have been filmed for a whopping 387 days, the longest in Korean film history, to complete a huge storyline and overwhelming scale.

Director Choi said, “A lot of things happened during the 13 months of filming, and I even thought, ‘Is this film going to end?’ he confided

He continued, “Parts 1 and 2 are both adventure plays, but there was a slight emotional difference, and I thought that the actors had to film them together to fully express the character. This is an important issue for the director. It took 13 months of filming to be very long, but the actors had a unity. It was fun to see the acting.”

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Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

‘Alien + Human’ is expected to provide a new cinematic experience, from the bizarre magic action action to sci-fi action in which spaceships, aliens, and robots rushing over the city of Seoul with the subject matter of the encounter between Goryeo and modern times and humans and aliens. .

Director Choi said, “In modern times, there are aliens and airships, and when we moved to the past, there were sages, not ordinary people, waiting.

He said, “The time of ‘Jeon Woochi’ was the Joseon Dynasty, and we know Joseon well, but we don’t seem to know much about Goryeo. I want you to feel it,” he said.

He added, “I think it’s fun to watch when disparate things collide. I wrote the screenplay for two and a half years to express it, and I tried hard to make the structure and characters look like water flowing.”

The actors’ reactions to the scenario of ‘Alien + Human’ were different. Ryu Jun-yeol said, “When I first read the scenario, I thought, ‘What is it?'” Kim Woo-bin said, “Huh? Are you coming out like this? I threw a question mark.”

Kim Tae-ri said, “The first was me, and the second was fun,” So Ji-sub said, “Is it possible? Because it wasn’t drawn in my head”, Yeom Jung-ah “No, this”, and Jo Woo-jin, “the word relationship came to mind”. .

Kim Eui-seong said, “I usually read the screenplay very quickly and write a review within 30 minutes, but this work took a very long time. I thought, ‘What is this?’

The casting that everyone covets… Does this make sense?

Yeom Jeong-ah, Jo Woo-jin / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

Yeom Jeong-ah, Jo Woo-jin / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

In the movie, actors representing Chungmuro ​​completed strong characters. Ryu Jun-yeol as Muruk, a master swordsman trying to get his hands on the sword, Kim Woo-bin as the guard who manages the escort of the alien prisoner, and Kim Tae-ri as Ian, the wife-and-wife who shoots thunder in search of the new sword.

Detective Moon Do-seok, who is chased by aliens for unknown reasons, is played by So Ji-seop, Yeom Jeong-ah and Jo Woo-jin are in charge of the two freshmen Heuk-seol and Cheong-woon of Samgaksan, which boasts their own weapons, and Kim Eui-seong is the mysterious masked man who wants to claim the new sword.

After the trailer was released, in response to the opinion that the mastermind Muruk was reminiscent of Kang Dong-won in ‘Jeon Woo-chi’, Ryu Jun-yeol trembled, saying, “The biggest difference between Jeon Woo-chi and Muruk is that they look very different.”

Then, he said, “Jeon Woo-chi is really good-looking, and he focused on that part and acted the most tenaciously. I tried to create my own character as a master swordsman.”

For Kim Woo-bin, who returned after battling nasopharyngeal cancer, this is his first screen comeback in six years. He said, “If you need even a small role in director Choi Dong-hoon’s work, he said he would be ready to run. I’m happy to take on a wonderful role.”

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Tae-ri Kim predicted an upgraded gun action after ‘Mr. Sunshine’. He said, “I went to action school while preparing for this work, learned gymnastics and shooting. And I had time to get acquainted with guns again.”

So Ji-sub confessed that the filming period was a series of ‘loneliness’. He said, “I was chased by something, but I had to use my imagination to shoot without a shape. In other scenarios, it was difficult because the picture was drawn with the head, but the alien was not drawn.” said.

Yeom Jung-ah and Jo Woo-jin are going to show off their chemistry to the extent that they are rumored to be a ‘couple’. Yeom Jung-ah explained the character, “They say they’re a couple, but they’re not a couple. They’re a freshman who develops their own weapons, but they even sell them.” Jo Woo-jin said, “Those who practice magic and tactics at the same time,” and “business associates and business relationships.”

Kim Ui-seong, who wore a mask throughout the running time, said, “I heard that a masked face is better than my face.”

So Ji-sub, Kim Ui-seong / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

So Ji-sub, Kim Ui-seong / Photo = Byun Seong-hyun, reporter at Hankyung.com

The actors agreed that they appeared in this work with faith and trust in director Choi Dong-hoon. Director Choi also expressed satisfaction with the amazing casting, saying, “The actors everyone wanted to do and waited for.”

Regarding the casting process, Director Choi said, “Jo Woo-jin wanted to work with him for a long time, so he met while writing a screenplay and asked for it. In his previous work, Ryu Jun-yeol also played a cold role, but he had a bashful charm. There are times when he makes a facial expression that stops him, so I thought how interesting it would be if that actor played with a pistol.”

Regarding Kim Woo-bin, director Choi said, “Six years ago, because of illness, the project was delayed, and when writing a new screenplay, Kim Woo-bin was recovering. He said that he wanted to do even a small thing. The guard was a small character at first, but as he wrote the screenplay, the importance increased. I thought it would be fun,” he said.

Then, he confessed, “When I said ‘I don’t think I’ll be able to do full-scale action’, I swore and said, ‘No action.’ After that, when I was filming, I told him ‘Today is Wire’, and as I recovered, I increased the intensity of the action.”

After ‘Reconstruction of Crime’ and ‘Woochi Jeon’, Yeom Jung-ah worked with director Choi for the third time until ‘Alien + Human’. Director Choi said, “People in the world do not know the charm of Yeom Jung-ah. I wanted to bring out her charm and send her away.”

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However, he recalled the past, saying, “It was the first time I’ve seen an actor who can’t use his body like that. I was worried too.

Regarding the scene in which Jung-ah Yeom performed the wire action, Director Choi described it as “a feeling of a kite flying.” He praised, “I remember getting down on my knees during rehearsal, saying that you don’t have to get hurt even if you’re not cool. But it’s a great professionalism. It was solved in just two takes,” he praised.

Kim Eui-seong was the person he talked to the most after ‘Assassination’. Director Choi reassured me, “When I said that the filming was going to be difficult, ‘The Korean staff’s technical skills were all over’.

Director Choi said it was the first time he had seen So Ji-sub after director Ryoo Seung-wan’s ‘Battleship Island’. He said, “He was a very gentle person. I knew then. Why do the fans call him ‘Soganji’?” He said, “I had a lot of trouble with Moon Do-seok’s character, but I wanted him to be someone who was chased. added.

Regarding the point of watching ‘Alien + Human’, So Ji-sub said, “I’m really looking forward to the action between humans and aliens, and aliens and aliens.

Kim Tae-ri said, “I think Muruk’s action scenes will leave a mark in the history of cinema.” When Ryu Jun-yeol dissuaded him, he said, “It’s a personal opinion,” and “I think it will remain as a clip.”

Ryu Jun-yeol said, “I think there will be gun action next to that clip.” “Kim Tae-ri is already good with guns, but I was surprised at how well he did it in this movie.”

Director Choi said, “I was obligated to shoot a movie once every three years, but I didn’t this time. He continued, “It was tiring and difficult to live with concentration for 5 years from the time I wrote the first letter. I am still working on editing. I feel that it was fun because I was nervous and feeling good today.”

Kim Eui-seong said, “I thought that director Choi was a genius who had everything, but I felt that he was a person who worked harder than any other director for a long time. I want to show a new director who is going through a difficult time the workshop of director Choi Dong-hoon.

Regarding the box office, director Choi said, “The nickname of director Ssangman is burdensome. It feels like a trophy. It’s good to receive an award at a film festival, but it’s an honor, but it tends to be put out of sight. “I want to do it. No one knows how successful it will be, so I think of it like a sailboat flowing in the river.”

‘Alien + Human’ is scheduled to be released on July 20.

By Kim Ye-rang, reporter at Hankyung.com yesrang@hankyung.com

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