On set with the cast of Into the Gunfire
TOP, Kwon Sang-woo
On March 19, the production of Korean War movie Into the Gunfire opened up its Gyeongsangnam-do (a southern province) set location to the media for a look behind the scenes and an informal press conference.
If you’ve missed the plot description in the previous posts, the gist is this: The film is set in August 1950, when North Korean troops invaded the South, and focuses around a group of 71 student soldiers who held their ground to fight back in a pivotal battle of the war.
Kwon Sang-woo and TOP are among those 71, while IRIS‘s Kim Seung-woo plays a South Korean lieutenant, and Cha Seung-won (of the IRIS sequel) portrays a North Korean military officer. (Into the Gunfire is produced by Taewon Entertainment, which produced IRIS and is planning the upcoming Athena.) The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry‘s Park Jin-hee also stars, although she is not pictured here.
The greatest difficulty for the actors in filming this movie, as with many projects shot this winter, has been the particularly cold weather. It doesn’t help that because the film takes place in August, the costumes and uniforms have been lightweight. Also, to achieve realistic appearances as hungry soldiers in wartime, the entire cast had to lose weight. Cha Seung-won, for instance, dropped 3 kg (and he’s an actor I’d have guessed didn’t have 3 kg to spare).
Kwon Sang-woo plays a young soldier who chooses to serve in the battlefield over juvenile detention, and clashes with TOP’s character. Kwon explained the difference between this project and his prior ones, saying that this has greater scope.
TOP said, “In war or training scenes, I tend to get injured frequently, but I’m giving it my all. Especially since I’m working with such outstanding sunbae actors, I feel like every day is a chance to learn a lot and progress.”
Into the Gunfire will release in movie theaters in June (which is also the same month that Korean War-themed drama Road No. 1 premieres on television).