Strictly busi­ness

Kim Byung-woo’s Take Point delves into story of pri­va­tised mil­i­tary.

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FROM James Cameron’s Avatar to Ready

Player One, soldier of for­tune char­ac­ters have made fre­quent ap­pear­ances in Hol­ly­wood block­busters. But rarely does one be­come the sub­ject of a Korean film.

The up­com­ing ac­tion thriller Take Point, di­rected by Kim Byung-woo, fea­tures a pack of mer­ce­nar­ies op­er­at­ing within an in­ter­na­tional mil­i­tary cor­po­ra­tion, work­ing on an enor­mous project with po­ten­tially cat­a­strophic ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

“When we think of com­bat ac­tion, we of­ten think of sol­diers. I wanted a new di­rec­tion for the char­ac­ters and in­ci­dents, which is why I thought of mer­ce­nar­ies or PMCs (pri­vate mil­i­tary com­pa­nies),” Kim said, re­fer­ring to the film’s orig­i­nal ti­tle, PMC: The Bunker.

As the orig­i­nal ti­tle sug­gests, the war in the film has noth­ing to do with na­tion­al­ity or hon­our – it is strictly busi­ness.

“Com­bin­ing the mil­i­tary with cap­i­tal­ism may lead to a fun film, I thought,” Kim said.

The film stars Along With The Gods ’Ha Jung-woo as Ahab, who, as the name sug­gests, is a man suf­fer­ing from se­vere trauma. He is an il­le­gal im­mi­grant in the United States who was dis­hon­ourably dis­charged from the Korean mil­i­tary.

“He has a lot of scars from the past (and is) trau­ma­tised by what hap­pened in the mil­i­tary. He be­lieves that sur­viv­ing at the bunker will al­low him to es­cape from his past trauma,” said Ha.

The fact that most of Ahab’s 12 team mem­bers are il­le­gal im­mi­grants cre­ates an even closer group bond, Ha added.

Work­ing with Kim for the first time since the di­rec­tor’s award-win­ning The Ter­ror Live,

Ha said the fresh idea be­hind the film had mo­ti­vated him to take part.

Lee Sun-kyun, fa­mous for his deep voice and the depth of his char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions, plays an elite North Korean doc­tor.

“He is a thor­ough per­son with a strong will. He will have a pro­found im­pact on the pri­vate mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion,” Lee said of his char­ac­ter, Yoon Ji-eui.

An­other un­usual el­e­ment of the film is its first-per­son ac­tion se­quences, which are rel­a­tively new to the Korean cin­ema.

“The fo­cus of the film is on Ahab, and it was im­por­tant for us to let the au­di­ence ex­pe­ri­ence the same thing (that Ahab does),” Kim said.

De­spite the tech­ni­cal as­pects, the di­rec­tor said he hoped the au­di­ence would fo­cus more on the nar­ra­tive be­tween the two main char­ac­ters.

“As Ahab’s in­ner strug­gles in­ten­sify, Yoon coun­ters some of that. I tried to fo­cus more on the story of the two.”

Vet­eran US ac­tor Jennifer Ehle also makes an ap­pear­ance in the film. – The Korea Her­ald/Asia News Net­work

Take Point is now show­ing at GSC cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

Ha (cen­tre) de­scribes his char­ac­ter as some­one who’s trau­ma­tised by his past — mm2 En­ter­tain­ment

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