Busan’s fateful relationship between two fathers and one son
With the shooting wrapped and the release approaching, the movie Busan [父,山] has released its first poster, featuring its stars Go Chang-seok, Yoo Seung-ho, and Kim Young-ho. (At first, I thought 16-year-old Yoo Seung-ho was posing with a cigarette, till I realized the lollipop was just meant to look like one. lol.)
The story unfolds around the “fateful relationship” of the three main characters, with Go Chang-seok playing a ne’er-do-well who has never been a proper father figure to his son (Yoo Seung-ho), with whom he lives a shabby lifestyle. However, when his son becomes ill with heart cancer, in an effort to save him he seeks out the boy’s biological father (Kim Young-ho), who abandoned his family 18 years ago in pursuit of his own success.
The title works in two meanings: The story literally takes place in the southern city of Busan, while the hanja characters read “father, mountain,” which refers to a father as being like a mountain, i.e., a supportive force to his son.
Young star Yoo Seung-ho is known as an “um-chin-ah” — or boy next door, the kind of guy your mother would love. This role marks a complete change in his image, as he has played mostly “good” characters in the past (several of them young kings). Busan will open in theaters in October.