A world the place “prisoners have been kept inside human bodies” for a few years unravels in Alienoid, the primary of a two-part new Korean blockbuster movie collection opening in North American theaters on Friday.
From time-traveling, mind-bending, dreamy panorama and underwater scenes to dynamic and explosive apocalyptic battle sequences, the brand new movie captures the “tension” between Western sci-fi and Korean fantasy, after a spaceship descends on the South Korean capital of Seoul.
Meanwhile, in a parallel universe 630 years earlier throughout the Korean peninsula’s Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392), sorcerers try to trace down a legendary sword often called the Divine Blade, which may transfer you thru time, and chaos ensues as the 2 worlds collide.
Speaking to Newsweek from Seoul, Alienoid director Choi Dong-hoon (who’s behind among the nation’s highest-grossing movies similar to The Thieves and Assassination, by which Squid Game actor Lee Jung-jae stars in), mentioned his newest movie is an journey drama combining the sci-fi and fantasy worlds.
“If science fiction is a Western worldview, the fantasy settings in this film are Asian and Korean. I wanted to capture the tension created by harmoniously blending these two world views,” he defined.
The movie ends—spoiler alert—with the Muruk character (performed by Ryu Jun-yeol, who additionally stars within the movies A Taxi Driver and Reply 1988 on Netflix, as a grasp swordsman) seemingly lifeless, and a flashback of him as a baby, when an alien from one other human host seems to enter his physique.
The intriguing finale leaves loads of questions behind, which hopefully will likely be answered within the upcoming second a part of the movie collection, which is able to “become more interesting,” Choi hinted.
“If the first part saw all the characters head to the Korean peninsula’s Goryeo era, the second part will see them move to the modern world,” the director mentioned.
He added a “few mysteries remain,” similar to the place did Thunder (the Digital program/alien-fighting robotic accomplice of the Guard character, performed by Kim Woo-bin, who was solid for his capability to painting “strength and softness at the same time”) go? And what occurs to the alien inside Muruk?
“The story will become more interesting. I’m currently developing the second part with an aim for release in 2023,” Choi mentioned.
Completing the movie’s star-studded line-up is Kim Tae-ri (from BAFTA winner The Handmaiden), as Ean, a baby raised by the Guard character who later turns into a masterful shooter. Choi mentioned a very powerful component of taking part in Ean was “to express her inner strength with her facial expression and gaze and Kim Tae-ri portrayed it superbly.”
Do we people all have aliens in our head? Choi mentioned: “What we know about the inner world of the human psyche is always insufficient…am I really who I think I am? What if there were aliens in my head without me knowing? This has always been an interesting subject for me.
“The curiosity of the unknown world is the driving drive behind this movie. What would occur if extraterrestrials existed? The solutions to many questions are only a matter of creativeness,” the director said.
Lending the feel of the Star Wars film series, Choi said Alienoid was inspired by his memories of growing up watching Hollywood sci-fi films from the 1980s (such as The Terminator, Back to the Future and the Alien series).
Among his favorite scenes is when an alien spaceship enters an underground parking lot, which Choi said he liked because of the unexpected and surprising feel of the location.
The scene audiences can look forward to the most is the film’s final battle sequence, where “everybody’s destiny and time are intertwined,” Choi said.
The filmmaker has worked with some of South Korea biggest movie stars, such as Squid Game‘s Lee Jung-jae, who has skyrocketed to international fame following the phenomenal Netflix K-drama.
Asked what he thought of Lee’s success and his development since he first directed Lee, Choi said Lee is “not solely an especially passionate learner however can be very devoted to his craft. No matter how troublesome a scene is, he’s an actor who does no matter it takes for a film.
“After achieving international success, he is likely to go on a more colorful course…I’d love to see him acting with actors of various different nationalities,” Choi mentioned.
With a number of extra big-budget Korean works slated for launch in 2022, may Korean blockbusters change into extra mainstream, in the event that they have not already?
“Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the film environment has changed so much and quite quickly and fiercely,” Choi mentioned. “Blockbuster films are still being made, but I think it’s yet to be known what choices the audience will make.”
Alienoid, written and directed by Choi Dong-hoon, is offered at choose theaters in North America now.