Movie Steel Rain 2: Summit clearly shows the concerns of director Yang Woo Suk. He portrays a realistic picture of a possible crisis on the divided peninsula and the story surrounding it, throwing questions at the viewers.
Jung Woo Sung, Kwak Do Won, Yoo Yeon Seok, and director Yang Woo Suk attended a press conference held on the afternoon of July 23 to discuss their movie that draws a different view on the situation of the Korean peninsula from the prequel.
“When the Cold War ended more than 30 years ago, only the Korean peninsula could not escape the Cold War. I thought that it was my duty and destiny to simulate the path that the Korean peninsula could take,” said director Yang Woo Suk.
He added, “The overseas experts in politics and diplomacy predicted that the future for the Korean peninsula was one of these four: war, internal collapse of North Korea, peaceful denuclearization, and peace due to the nuclear balance caused by South Korea’s nuclear armament. Steel Rain series is based on our concerns about the Korean Peninsula issue and overseas experts’ arguments. If the prequel covered issued about war and South Korea’s nuclear armament, Summit talks about the internal collapse of North Korea and peaceful denuclearization.”
Jung Woo Sung, who plays the president of the Republic of Korea, shed tears while listening to the questions about national history.
“Twenty years after Phantom, The Submarine (1999), I got on the submarine again. It seems clear that time has passed, but the reality has not changed. I watched the movie for the second time, and I feel so emotional that my head is blank,” he said as he burst into tears.
After being silent for a while, he added, “After the movie was over, I thought, ‘Wasn’t our people unfortunate enough?’ I think we should quickly end our people’s misfortune and go on a new path of peace. As a citizen, I heartily wish for that path.”
Kwak Do Won, who plays the role of North Korea’s Supreme Guard Command Chief, said, “I was curious about what the audience would talk about as I read the script and thought of making it into a movie and show it to the world. I know there are lots of talks ahead of the release, but I wonder what they will think after watching the movie.”
Yoo Yeon Seok, who played the North Korean leader, said, “Those who have watched the recent drama (Hospital Playlist) must feel awkward or new, but watching the movie made me feel new, too. I enjoyed watching myself acting in the North Korean dialect. I came up with my own interpretation. I didn’t want to impersonate a real person.”
Steel Rain 2: Summit depicts a crisis near the brink of war after three leaders are kidnapped and held in a North Korean nuclear submarine when the coup d’état is carried out during a summit between the two Koreas and the United States.