The Netflix drama “Suriname” tells the story of a civilian framed for a “drug godfather” who has taken control of Suriname, a South American country, and accepts a secret mission from the National Intelligence Service.
The films “The Unforgiven”, “War on Crime: The Age of Bad Guys”, “Kundo: Age of Rebellion” and “The Peacock” are the first series directed by director Jong-bin Yoon, representative of the Korean noir genre. It is gaining worldwide popularity, ranking # 1 globally in the weekly non-English TV category on Netflix.
“After ‘Suriname’ was released, I got a lot of calls. I was even contacted by my classmates in elementary school. Not long ago, Nicholas Cage also wrote about ‘Suriname’ …”
Director Yoon Jong-bin received an offer to direct “Suriname” and turned it down once. The reason was “I can’t afford it”. It was judged difficult to make a ‘film’ because it is a work that deals with real events and people and contains a vast story.
“After shooting ‘Cooperation’, I thought I wanted to do a drama. At that moment, I got an offer to direct ‘Suriname’ again and I said, ‘If I do a series, I’ll try.’ “
Director Yoon Jong-bin thought the warrior from “Kang In-gu” (played by Ha Jung-woo) was important. It was thought that unveiling the “Kang In-gu” warrior in “Suriname”, which contains the story of real events and characters, would differentiate him from existing undercover films.
“It’s also why I pushed for the series. Why did ‘Kang In-goo’ go undercover? I figured if I cut all the characters’ warriors and cut them down to two hours, it wouldn’t make a difference. ”
‘Suriname’ is the dramatization of a real accident. It is an adaptation of the story of Jo Bong-haeng, a Korean drug lord who acquired Surinamese citizenship, and his civilian collaborator K, who played a decisive role in his arrest.
“When I first heard about ‘Suriname’, I thought it was absurd. When I saw it documented, I thought, ‘Does it make sense?’ It was so like a movie. “
However, director Jong-bin Yoon actually met with Mr. K and removed all doubts. Mr. K, described by Jong-bin Yoon, had a strong look and feel and had an overwhelming vibe. He said he decided to figure it all out by looking at Mr. K and saying, “I can do it enough.”
“The warrior in ‘Kang In-gu’ borrowed much of Mr. K.’s story. He lived a life unlike any other. He had no choice but to live a strong life. After meeting him and hearing his story, I And I also tried to reflect that on “Kang In-goo.” I thought that viewers would be just as convinced as I was if I explained that I was a “strong soul owner”.
The story of Mr. K, which looked like a movie, was quite difficult to turn into a drama. Because it was close to a cinematic cliché.
“The things Mr. K showed to gain Jo Bong-haeng’s trust are things we see a lot in film noir. He also fights with Chinese gangs on purpose. He’s like DiCaprio from the movie ‘The Departed’! I couldn’t do it. , so I worked on reducing it. Meanwhile, the ‘Kang In-gu’ character was funny and smiling. ”
In Yoon Jong-bin’s work, the “father” is a very important topic. She has addressed the story of her father directly or indirectly in a series of works such as “War on Crime” and “Kundo”.
“‘Kang In-gu’ is a character who says, ‘I don’t want to live a life like my father’, but in the end he also lives a life like his father. ‘Father’ is not the big theme of” Suriname “, but I have imagined a character called “Kang In-gu”. It became inevitable while I was doing it. In fact, he is the driving force behind “Kang In-gu” (undercover business) just like Mr. K. “
Director Yoon said that after he became a real father, there were also changes in the job.
“The difference between ‘War Against Crime’ and ‘Suriname’ is that I became a father. Perhaps that experience was reflected in the work as well.”
Director Yoon explained that “Jeon Yo-han” (Hwang Jung-min) and “Kang In-gu” have similarities in that they have an obsession with money, but there is a clear difference.
“The reason the two are different is because of the ‘limit’. One crosses the limit and the other does not. I think of it as ‘father’ and ‘not father’. She does not cross the limit, and she is a person who he sees a little girl as his daughter and wins her heart “.
“Suriname” boasts a lineup of actors such as Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin, Yoo Yeon-seok and Jang Chen. Director Yoon said: “All the performances of the actors have been excellent, but I was always surprised when Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min met.”
“Jung-Woo Ha and Jung-Min Hwang have very different acting styles and tendencies. If Jung-Min Hwang shows a fiery smoke that eats everything, Jung-Woo Ha shows flexible and sensitive water. Looking at her, I thought: ‘ Does it fit better than I thought? ‘ I admired it. “
He also mentioned actor Chang Chen, who played the role of “Chen Jin”. He added that he put a lot of effort into casting.
“The amount of ‘Chen Jin’ in the play isn’t much, but he’s a very important key character. I thought we needed an actor with a strong presence. What came to my mind was Mr. Zhang, and he worked hard to get it right. convince him: “I can, but I really need you.”
He ran an online video service (OTT) and confessed to a thirst for movies.
“While shooting ‘Suriname’, I was quite thirsty for film work. I realized, ‘Oh, that’s what I was doing.’ Unlike OTT, movies are made on the premise of being screened in theaters. Big Screen Small details stand out when you watch it, so you have no choice but to stick to it and do it meticulously.
However, director Yoon also expressed concern about “theatrical films”.
“I want to make a movie. The world seems to change too fast. What I hear these days is that ‘theatrical movies’ are becoming a genre. It seems to be limited to works that emphasize blockbusters or the show.’ Do you really want to do it? ? If you ask me a question, it isn’t. It is true that I still have a lot of trouble with that. “
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