(Korean Movies) Hot Blooded, 2019

Hot Blooded, 2019

Hot Blooded, 2019
Ages 15 and older, not available for viewing by youth (re-opening)
running time
120 minutes 141 minutes (Reopening)
cumulative audience
398105 people
58th Baeksang Arts Awards 2022


‘Son Young-gam’ (Kim Gap-su), the absolute owner of ‘Guam’, a small port on the outskirts of Busan,
Hee-soo (Jung-woo), who has been working as a limb for many years under him,
I'm sick of repeating naughty things without ever getting anything done, never even touching a lot of money.

In 1993, after the war on crime, Youngdo gangsters looking to devour a new area
Paying attention to 'Guam' that no one cares about,
Cheol-jin (Ji Seung-hyun), an ace of the Yeongdo faction and longtime friend of Hee-soo, secretly approaches Hee-soo.

Hee-soo, who wants to start a new life, is conflicted,
The fierce battle for survival of the bottom gangsters trying to take over the quiet 'Guam' begins…

There's no place to retreat and no place to run away.
Whoever hesitates loses!


Whoever hesitates loses!
The fierce battle for survival of those who are even more fierce and blue-eyed!

The movie <Hot Blood> is a film about the fierce struggle for survival of 'Hee-soo', a powerful man in Guam, a port on the outskirts of Busan, where only the worse survive in 1993, and the gangsters from the bottom up to survive there. The story takes place in Guam, a small port in Busan that has been a target of gangsters since the 'war on crime' was declared in the 1990s.

'Guam', which is the background of the incident, does not exist, but it is a city that was reborn to reflect the circumstances of the time. It adds a sense of immersion to a space that realistically shows the lives of the bottom-up people struggling to survive without laws or rules in a small port the size of a palm. The various groups of people shown in this space also make you feel a sense of déjà vu as if you were dealing with someone who might be somewhere. As director Chun Myung-gwan revealed his directorial intention, “I wanted to tell the story of gangsters that are a little more realistic and real,” the story of Hot Blood is different from other noir films in which there are large organizations, political and economic ties, or the intervention of public authorities. The focus was on showing the raw and sticky story of bottom-up gangsters who do anything to survive. Rather than showing the cool and violent gangsters in the existing movies, the characters' emotions were portrayed more delicately by focusing on the fact that they are stories about people who are gangsters and have nowhere else to go. Regarding the movie, Jungwoo said, “It is an authentic, noir film that does not contain MSG. It was the most real and raw character of the works set in Busan.”

In this way, the movie <Hot Blood>, which contains realistic stories and detailed emotional descriptions while capturing the horror and beauty of a noir film, is expected to leave a deep impression on the audience with a heavy message along with a fierce action noir.

Jung-woo, Kim Gap-su, Choi Moo-seong, Ji Seung-hyun, Lee Hong-nae, unite hotly!
An intense character battle that will chew up all the thugs at the bottom!

Actors who have captivated audiences regardless of generation gathered together for the movie <Hot Blood>. Jung-woo, who will show life character acting with deeper inner acting and strong eyes, expect explosive acting synergy with a casting without a smoke hole, such as Kim Gap-soo, Choi Moo-sung, Ji Seung-hyun, and Lee Hong-nae.

In the movie <Hot Blood>, various groups of people gather together, from 'Hee-soo', who dreams of a normal life because he feels skeptical about his gangster life, and tries to dig into the gap and take care of his own interests. Jung-woo, who takes on the role of 'Hee-soo', the real power of 'Guam', is a knave, but he created a character that could not be imagined except for Jung-woo by melting his human charm and unique smirk. As the case progresses, the changing eyes and facial expressions will make the audience praise him as 'Jeong-woo as expected'. Kim Gap-soo takes on the role of Son Young-gam, the head of the Great Jang Hotel where Hee-soo works. Generally speaking, he is a small town boss who asks more than orders, but at important moments, he will create tension with his cool head and decisive action. Choi Moo-seong played the role of 'Yongkang', a person who leads 'Hee-soo' to desire at the decisive moment, even though he lives a rough life as a drug smuggler. He has met audiences with warm and honest roles, and is expected to show a completely different atmosphere with his unconventional visuals in this movie. Ji Seung-hyeon, who plays Hee-soo's friend and Youngdo ace Cheol-jin, will show a new face of actor Ji Seung-hyun as a person who has a choice to live despite conflicts between friendship and organization. The role of 'Army', a young gangster that 'Hee-soo' loves, is played by a newcomer, Hong-nae Lee. As the most passionate and energetic role in the play, it is expected to make a definite impression on the audience.

Regarding the movie <Hot Blood>, in which such intense characters gathered and performed passionately, Jung-woo added, "It will be a worthwhile movie just by seeing the actors' performances and their energy." work. We knew each other well, so we were able to play ad-libs comfortably. I took several takes with different versions of one scene,” he boasted of his extraordinary breathing. In this way, the meeting of actors with their respective personalities will express a chemistry that will never happen again, and will provide a perfect catharsis to the audience in March.

“Whale” and “Aging Family” is the directorial debut of writer Cheon Myeong-gwan.
A film adaptation of a novel of the same name by Kim Eon-soo, recognized as a world-class K-noir!
A hot work created by masters of the literary world is coming!

<Hot Blood> is the directorial debut of bestselling author and director Cheon Myeong-gwan, and is a film adaptation of the original novel of the same name by Kim Eon-su, a master of Korean thriller. Director Cheon Myeong-gwan's delicate expressive power and unique insight are added to the strong story and lively atmosphere of the original, raising expectations that it will create a well-made work that has never been seen before.

Writer Cheon Myeong-gwan, who is called the Frankenstein of the novel world with the novel “The Whale,” which became the bestseller at the same time as his debut, made his directorial debut with the movie “Hot Blood”. Above all, he has been loved by critics and the public for his unconventional expressiveness and free speech, which he has never seen in novels in recent years. As he has put a lot of hard work into making interesting stories, he led the scene with the skill that is hard to believe as a rookie director. Kim Gap-soo said about director Cheon Myeong-gwan, "He didn't seem like a rookie director at all. I didn't think about it at all because I came to the site after preparing enough. Like a director who has done a lot of movies, he had the determination and leadership. What surprised me the most was that he showed his literary talent in action noir.” The fact that it is an original work by Kim Eon-su, who has presented outstanding works such as “The Cabinet” and “The Designers,” is another reason to pay attention to “Hot Blood”. Selected as the New York Times Best Winter Thriller for 「The Designers」, he has been praised by critics as a world-famous K-noir master. As “hot blood” with a similar texture is constantly being talked about among readers, the curiosity about how the story with strong attraction will unfold on the screen is growing.

The movie <Hot Blood>, which raises expectations for the creation of a completely new style of work just by meeting two highly trusted writers in the literary world, will surprise the audience as a well-made noir with a chewy storyline, great performances by actors, and fun genre. to be.


Guam, a port on the outskirts of Busan where tricks and betrayals are infested
A space detail that perfectly embodies the appearance of Busan in 1993!

The movie 'Hot Blood' tells the story of gangsters who have become more difficult to make a living after the declaration of the 'War on Crime' in the early 1990s, flocking to Busan's 'Guam' to earn money. Mise-en-scène, which conveys the location and era of the production team's long hard work, captures the attention of Busan as it fully unfolds on the screen 30 years ago.

While other films deal with the glamorous side of Busan or a specific city, Hot Blood aimed to deal more realistically with a small port in the 90s. Taking the background of an underdeveloped space far from the city center, not a bustling or developed area, he put great effort into unfolding the struggles of the thugs at the bottom of the era in a more realistic way. Director Cheon Myeong-gwan said, “Rather than cute, I thought of images of the sea, such as a shabby place, rough and large. Although it is a port on the outskirts, I wanted to create a space with a pier, a large bridge, and a fishy smell.”

Art director Lee Jae-seong, who portrayed the 1920s in the movie <Park Yeol>, the Joseon Dynasty in <Jasaneobo> and the present in the recent drama <Hell>, participated and this time the 1990s were born. Art director Lee Jae-seong said, “We put a lot of effort into the location. Rather than the historical background, I thought about finding a space that could convey the emotions of the city of 'Guam' and the people who grew up and lived there. I wanted to show the present and life processes of the characters in each space,” he said.
The production team set out to find traces of the 90s in cities near Busan, such as Gimhae, Jinhae, Gijang, Masan, Changwon, and Ulsan, in order to realize the virtual city 'Guam' as if it were real. The Great Wall Hotel, the main space that shows the relationship between the characters in the movie, has been hunting by listing hotels across the country to find a real hotel that retains its old look and emotion. As a result, a hotel in Mokpo was hired just before filming, and only part of the set work was completed before filming began. The beach, which is one of the spaces that best revealed the times, also doubled the sense of presence by setting up about 300 meters of the beach on the Gijang side and then making tents, parasols, and signboards.

In addition to showing the city of Busan in 1993, 'Guam', which naturally melts the characters' personalities and relationships in the space, gives a sense of déjà vu as if they were still there somewhere. Is expected.

The fierce battle of the bottom life to occupy 'Guam'!
A shooting that captures human desires in the four seasons of Busan!

The production team of <Hot Blood>, which brought Busan in the 1990s to the screen as it is, made every effort to capture the mood of Busan and the emotions of the characters in the camera in order to realize the fantasy of the original in a more realistic form.

The film tells the story of the four seasons from spring to winter. The development of the events also follows the flow of the seasons, so the winning and losing battles unfold perfectly. With Busan as the background, the appearance of the port, which is greatly influenced by nature, is also naturally included, and the narrative of the play has been reborn even more solidly. Cinematographer Kang Gook-hyeon, well known for his shooting techniques using subtle changes in light such as <Coarse>, <Miss Baek>, <Hummingbird>, and <Blood of the Scenery>, took charge of <Hot Blood>. Director of Photography Kang Gook-hyun said, "I wanted to show how insignificant things people do in the light of nature," and explained the background as important as the characters. The fact that the long shot or direct shot was used to make the battle of the bottom life in a small port contrast with the great nature of the sea of Busan is a good use of this.

In addition, as it contains the stories of the life at the bottom, various angles and shooting techniques were used to express the character's personality and desires to increase the immersion. At the beginning of the movie, most of the scenes in 'Hee-soo' appear in a more direct form, starting with a rear view and ending with a front view to stimulate curiosity. made a change In the case of 'Inspired Son', depending on the character of the unknown character, it was attempted to reveal the duality of the character by showing the side close-up or the reflection on the mirror or glass. Due to the nature of the play with many characters, Steadicam was mainly used to help understand the relationship setting of the characters.

The film, Hot Blood, which captures the raw material with such a bold and unusual filming technique, will go beyond the harsh and heavy atmosphere of existing noir films and leave a lasting impression in the hearts of the audience.

Precise design according to the six-and-lower principle!
Raw action that captures the emotions of the character!

As the genre is noir, the direction and frequency of the action occupies a large part in the film. One of the things that can differentiate <Hot Blood> from the existing crime and gangster movies is that it unfolds realistic action that is likely to be real. In particular, the action concept for each character was specifically defined in accordance with the six-and-lower principle, and we worked thoroughly so that the character's tendencies could be revealed in the action.

Martial arts director Lee Sang-ha, who has shown realistic action in <Mean Street>, <The King>, <Fluid Fugitive>, and <Gangneung>, was responsible for the action of <Hot Blood>. Martial arts director Lee Sang-ha said, "Rather than exaggerated action that emphasizes cruelty, I thought about how the character's personality and the emotions that appear in each scene could be well expressed." According to the scenario, who, when, where, what, how, and why should fight according to the six-four principles, the fight of the characters made the audience think fiercely about what kind of result one-dimensionally. Accordingly, all the characters in the movie moved with different action concepts, and at the same time, their desires and desire for revenge were designed in detail so that they could come out in the action sum.

First, 'Hee-soo', who settled in the real world by solving all the problems of 'Guam', made use of short and concise action based on boxing. By making good use of the surrounding terrain, it captures the character of a character who can control emotions and perform effective attacks according to the gods. Yonggang, who does not hesitate to act cruelly when it comes to money, was designed so that his psychotic temperament can be expressed in the action as well. Above all, the brutal acting naturally blends into the rough movements, helping to show the character's wickedness. In the case of 'Army', a young gangster full of blood and energy, the concept of wrestling as a base is catching and throwing, centered on body tackles, and rough attacks. Unfinished fists and kicks were also used as a means to express the imperfection of the character.

The movie "Hot Blood", which breaks away from the typicality of simply stylish or pleasurable action, and increases the probability of action that embodies the character and emotions of a character, is expected to provide a lively spectacle as well as the pleasure of the action noir genre.

Completed by visiting the hot shooting site!
Music that adds immersion and tension to the story!

<Hot Blood> unfolds in a cheerful atmosphere with the first song that comes to mind when thinking of Busan, 'Busan Seagull'. The story of the port and the people intertwined with the song conveys the atmosphere of Busan at that time and leads the audience to memories. As such, the music of the movie <Hot Blood> did a great job as a device that could encompass all things including time, space, and people.

Music director Yoon Il-sang, well known as a composer and mass-produced hit songs since the 1990s, made a splendid debut with the movie <Ansiseong> and once again proved his solid ability with <Hot Blood>. Regarding the tone and mood of the film, music director Il-sang Yoon said, "I focused on adjusting the strength and weakness according to the scene while maintaining the overall heavy feeling. The main task was not to overdo the rough darkness and the heavy feeling emanating from the bass, but to express it passionately.” Based on the growth story of 'Hee-soo', the beginning and end of the movie, the flow of each sequence from failure, betrayal, and success was divided in more detail, focusing on the emotional aspect. Music director Yoon Il-sang, who has already created characters and scene themes from the scenario stage, showed a passion for directly visiting the filming location. Not just to get inspiration, but to materialize the image of the actual place, and spare no effort to capture the mood of Busan in the music itself. After boldly breaking the frame of 'this kind of music should appear in a scene like this' and maximizing emotions, after various attempts such as orchestra, guitar, and Korean traditional instruments, I was able to create music with high originality that only <Hot Blood> has.

The realistic story and the music that breathes new life into the play by exquisitely melting into the raw action will focus on the vivid and tense development of the movie <Hot Blood>.

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