Creating the perfect lie for money in Jin Gu, Im Shi-wan’s new film One Line
One Line is a new crime-comedy action movie about the last swindle of a group of con artists who are experts at cheating the corporate banking system. Using the context of the beginning of Korea’s first work-loan system which was first implemented in 2005, the film portrays identity forgery in a different light, as our swindlers defraud the banks on behalf of the working class who weren’t able to access the loans given to more privileged clients.
Im Shi-wan (Misaeng) stars as an ordinary poor college student who uses his street smarts to deceive his way around everything. One day, he meets and is recruited by a professional bank con artist who is a legendary veteran in white collar crime circles, played by Jin Gu (Night Light). He’s described as a real gentleman with smooth manners, and under his tutelage, Im Si-wan becomes a rising star in the swindling world.
The caper-heist style trailer shows us a glimpse of One Line, the name of the movie and the name of the “loan consulting services” paper company that Im Si-wan and Jin Gu create as a cover for their business. The teaser’s copy asks: “Do you need money from the bank?” while Jin Gu’s voiceover explains that banks don’t fail because their policy is to lend only to those who can pay it back. He tells Im Shi-wan that his job is to help people get loans from the bank. Key word: “help.” Advising them on how to fake their name, age, and job, they “help” people who would normally be unable to obtain loans to get the amount of money they need from the bank, of course in exchange for a fee. Im Shi-wan’s role in this criminal enterprise is to create a script for their clients, the perfect lies to deceive the banks into giving them loans.
As the trailer rolls on, other members of their special organization are shown displaying their talents or quirks. Kim Sun-young (Father, I’ll Take Care of You) plays the queen of personal info, taking care of creating credible background histories for their clients. Meanwhile, Lee Dong-hwi (Radiant Office) is an elite university grad who is an expert in e-forgery, and he shows off his photoshopping skills in the trailer. Finally, we have Park Byung-eun (Woman With a Suitcase), playing a man with limitless ambition who’ll do anything in front of money. He says, “Money is dirty, but people like dirty things.” The last cut shows Im Shi-wan resolving to make this his last swindle before leaving the industry.
One Line premiered on March 29 in Korean theaters.
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