The Netflix film Kill Boksoon has gained popularity, recording 19.61 million viewing hours just three days after its release.
Kill Boksoon portrays the dangerous double life of Bok Soon (Jeon Do Yeon), a mother of a teenage daughter and a veteran killer. The film is set in the backdrop of a large assassination company hidden in the heart of Seoul, with famous Seoul landmarks like Nodeul Island and Jamsu Bridge transforming into the killers’ stage, offering a refreshing and entertaining experience.
The building that appears as the headquarters of the assassination company, MK Ent., is actually located in the heart of Seoul. The exterior was filmed at the Bank of Korea Money Museum in Myeongdong (former Bank of Korea main building) and the interior was filmed at Culture Station Seoul 284 (former Seoul Station). Both the Bank of Korea Money Museum and Culture Station Seoul 284 are landmarks of Seoul and representative modern buildings in Korea. The Bank of Korea Money Museum is a stone building built in the Renaissance style, and it was the first in Korea to have an elevator installed. There is no admission fee, and free commentary is available.
Completed in 1925, the old Seoul Station building is the oldest railway building in Korea. After the station was closed in 2004, it was restored and revived as a cultural complex in 2011. The central hall, which appears as the lobby of the MK Ent., is also famous as a filming location for the movies Assassination and The Age of Shadows.
The eerie space that appears as the training room for aspiring killers is located in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province. It is Bucheon Art Bunker B39 (formerly used as an incinerator), which burned garbage from 1995 to 2010 and was renovated as a cultural complex in 2018. The 39-meter-high concrete walls surrounding the space were deemed suitable for training pro assassins. The site also served as the stage for the Louis Vuitton F/W 2021 online fashion show, featuring BTS as models.
Remember Cha Min Gyu (Seol Kyung Gu) and Gil Bok Soon sitting face to face in an old restaurant, exchanging the target info early in the film? The restaurant in the movie is a real place called “Cheolgil Tteokbokki,” located next to the railway near Chungjeongno Station.
With its old, worn-out signboard, aged tableware and props, and a unique view of the railway and passing trains while eating, Cheolgil Tteokbokki certainly provides a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The remarkable food served at this 52-year-old tteokbokki restaurant is one thing, but the unique ambiance plays a significant role in its fame. Ordering the tteokbokki, fried food, and fish cakes that Jeon Do Yeon ate in the movie cost less than 10,000 won (about $8).
The dark tunnel where Min Gyu and Bok Soon confronted each other was once a famous outing spot for college students, the Piam Tunnel next to the old Gangchon Station. Countless youths waiting for the train to Seoul used to leave graffiti all over the tunnel walls. After the station was closed, it was transformed into a cultural space called Gangchon Imaginary Station, and a walking path utilizing the abandoned railway has also been created.