Ji Chang-wook is playing no games to clear his name in Fabricated City
If you already miss seeing Ji Chang-wook (The K2) kicking proverbial butts on your screens, then you’re in luck because his upcoming action flick Fabricated City appears to be jampacked with action, drama, and humor, all of which he’s fully capable of delivering.
Fabricated City is writer/director Park Kwang-hyun’s first feature film in eleven years since his debut award-winning film Welcome to Dongmakgol, which was set during the Korean War and centered around the residents of a remote village who were unaware of the war raging in their country. Fabricated City couldn’t be more dissimilar from Dongmakgol, but I’m all for directors trying their hand at different genres.
In the movie, Ji Chang-wook plays an unemployed, avid gamer named Kwon Yoo, who in just three minutes and sixteen seconds, gets wrongly framed for a murder he didn’t commit. In order to clear his name, he enlists the help of his friends and fellow game enthusiasts to find out the truth that will set him free. His tech-savvy friends are played by Shim Eun-kyung (King of Walking) and Ahn Jae-hong (Answer Me 1988). Although he’s an adept commander and leader in the games he plays, in reality, he’s just an unremarkable, jobless guy, but adopting his fierce game persona in the real world may give him a new sense of power.
Ji Chang-wook reportedly trained for months at an action school in preparation for all the various risky stunts: grand scale car chases, wire action sequences, and various hand-to-hand combat scenes. Director Park Kwang-hyun praised the actor’s impressive emotional range as an actor and action star with excellent adaptability who fully digested his character.
The teaser opens with a city under siege. Military jets swarm the sky, and Ji Chang-wook in army gear gives out orders and fends off enemy attackers. And then we cut to reality: the guy’s at a PC bang and the intense war scene was part of the game he just leveled-up in. He’s asked to return a phone back to its owner, and even though he protests, the owner says she’ll pay him and he reluctantly does as he’s asked. But it seems he’s fallen into a trap and now he’s all over the news, accused of rape and murder and thrown into prison for a lifetime sentence.
We meet Shim Eun-kyung facing numerous computer monitors, analyzing the similarities of all violent crimes. Car chases, explosions, and illuminating screens follow, and we end with Ahn Jae-hong bumbling a crucial move and complicating matters for Ji Chang-wook who’s getting tailed. The copy reads: “A perfect leader in the game world. Became a murderer in 3 minutes and 16 seconds. Someone else is controlling everything. The world they have weaved. We will overturn it! A new world of crime action.”
Fabricated City will premiere in February.
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