Take a look at the line- up in Korean movie Master and you can already tell it’s going to be a blockbuster. The movie, directed by Cold Eyes director Cho Uiseok, stars Lee Byunghun, Kang Dongwon and Kim Woobin – basically three of the most popular Korean actors right now.
Centered around a con artist (Lee Byunghun), the mastermind he works for (Kim Woobin) and a detective (Kang Dongwon), the movie has topped charts in South Korea since it opened in December. And with a star-studded cast and talented director, we wouldn’t be surprised if the movie fares just as well in Singapore when it hits the silver screen tomorrow (January 13, 2017).
In town to promote the movie, Dongwon, Woobin and director Uiseok spoke about memorable moments filming the movie, including shooting in the slums of the Philippines. While the end product, i.e. the movie, will leave you in awe, the director revealed that filming in the slums was fraught with difficulties. He said, “The weather was bad. Whenever we were about to do something, it would start raining. It was really tough because we had limited time and we had to finish shooting quickly before the monsoon season came. A lot of things happened throughout the filming – like Dongwon getting injured and all.”
He added, “It would take me one full day to tell you everything that happened.”
On the other hand, for Dongwon and Woobin, filming there evoked a different kind of emotions. Dongwon shared, “I have mixed feelings about that area because it makes me think of different things. Like what you said, it’s the slums and it’s a tough environment but the children were playing innocently, so that made me think a lot.”
Woobin concurred, “As mentioned [by the director], it was a tough and challenging environment. Aside from the weather, there was a slaughterhouse beside [the location], so it was quite tough. But after a few days, we got used to it and started playing and eating everything there. And as Dongwon said, the children there were playing innocently. They looked bright, cheerful and happy, so it made me think a lot. Also, I was working with local actors and staff. I made me think, we’re all from different backgrounds but throughout the filming, I realised we’re all the same.”
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Master opens in cinemas from January 13, 2017.