(Korean Movies) The Tiger, 大虎, 2015

The Tiger, 大虎, 2015

The Tiger, 大虎, 2015
period drama
Audience over 12 years old
running time
139 minutes
cumulative audience
1762733 people
53rd Daejong Film Festival 2016


Joseon's best catcher
Daeho, the last tiger of Joseon

In 1925, Man-deok (Choi Min-sik), who was famous as the best catcher in Joseon, no longer holds a gun, and lives alone with his youngest son, ‘Seok’ (Seong Yu-bin), in a hut in Mt. Jirisan. Mandeok's young son Seok, who was once the best catcher, is now dissatisfied with his father, who doesn't go hunting.

On the other hand, the village is noisy because of the Japanese soldiers who are in search of 'Daeho', the last tiger of Joseon, who is feared and respected as a mountain group of Mt. Jirisan. raise it

A Japanese high official 'Maezono' (Ren Osugi), fascinated by the tiger's skin, the best prize in Joseon, urges the Japanese and Joseon gunners to obtain 'Daeho' before returning home. wants to recruit the famous catcher Man-deok as a last resort to catch Dae-ho, who doesn't even show a trace…

The fateful meeting of 'Mandeok' and 'Daeho' that goes back in time!
Everyone wanted it but no one could get it
The story of 'Daeho' unfolds!

[ Staff's Comments ]

“My first thought was, 'How do I shoot this?' A tiger, besides, a mountain group of Mt. Jiri. He toured the mountains of the country and built Mt. Jirisan, where the catcher Man Mandeok and 'Daeho' lived. Like a trip without a map or a compass, the former staff left together with the mindset of 'If we go, if we walk together, we will become a path', to bring back the last tiger of Joseon that no one had seen and the people who lived with him on the screen. It was a long run.”
– Producer Park Min-jung <War on Crime> <New World> <When a Man Loves>

“Mandeok, the tiger and the mountains of Joseon. I thought the three were the main characters. Man Deok Man tried to show the feeling of a real tiger hunter in a documentary style, and 'Daeho' tried to show the power and speed of a tiger as realistic as possible in scenes from a tiger's point of view, so that the audience can feel it. I wanted to capture the magnificence of the Korean mountains, the home of their lives, on camera so that the heavy resonance inherent in the film itself could be felt.”
– Cinematographer Lee Mo-gae <Janghwa, Hongryeon> <Nom Nom Nom> <Right Brother> <I Saw the Devil> <My Way> <Cold>

“<Daeho> is set during the Japanese colonial period, but I wanted to give the art a real feeling at every moment. The goal was to make the texture of life permeate like a deep fragrance in the feeling of the real space of the people who lived in Jirisan at the time. It's fiction, but I wanted the audience to feel it as our own story, rather than watching it."
– Production Designer Ha Seong <Nom Nom Nom> <Kind Venus> <War on Crime> <New World> <Veteran>

“It had to be real. Unlike other Korean films set in the Japanese colonial period, the characters in <Daeho> are gunners and people living in Mt. Jirisan, not in cities like Gyeongseong or Shanghai. I tried to embody the realistic image of the lives of people who survived in harsh natural environments, blemishes on their skin from sunburn, scars that are essential to catchers chasing wild beasts, and tousled hair.”
– Make-up Kim Hyun-jung <War on Crime> <I Saw the Devil> <New World> <When a Man Loves> <Veteran>

[ Director's statement ]

The story of <Daeho> is simple. It is a story about a tiger and a tiger hunter, and about nature and people. The tigers of Joseon that disappeared during the Japanese colonial period, and among them, the tigers that were not caught until the last live in Mt. Jirisan. And there is a man who was called the best catcher of Joseon as a master of tiger hunting. However, they are both in conflict with the times.
The tiger, who reigned as the master of Mt. Jirisan enough to be called a mountain god, loses ground to stand in the Japanese occupation of hunting by any means. Except for Man Deok Mandeok, no one follows the rules of the Joseon hunters, who only caught enough to survive and refrained from killing any more. The era in which nature and people coexisted with respect for each other and kept politeness comes to an end with the advent of the era of desire represented by the Japanese occupation. I wanted to talk about how tigers disappeared in Joseon, which was even called 'the country of tigers', and their way of life while looking into that moment. Contrary to the fate of Joseon, which gave up the country after not trying all of its strength, the choice of Man Deok Mandeok and Daeho Daeho, who faced the 'desire' imposed by the times to the end, and their similar fates, the audience will learn about what we lost at least once. I hope it gives you an opportunity to think. And before that, above all else, I hope that the audience will enjoy their stories.
Director Park Hoon-jung

[ About Movie ]

Choi Min-sik, the protagonist of the largest audience mobilization in Korean cinema history
He returns as Joseon's best catcher with overwhelming charisma!

Actor Choi Min-sik is considered one of the best actors in name and reality to the extent that it is not exaggerated by any number of formulas as the first contribution to <Myeongryang>, which broke the history of Korean films day after day and mobilized the most audiences with a final score of 17.6 million. From the movies <No. 3> to <The Quiet Family> <Shiri> <Happy End> <Pyran> <Chwihwaseon> <Old Boy> <Kind Venus> <New World> <War Against Crime: The Golden Age of Bad Guys> Through the movie, he captivated the audience with his unrivaled acting skills and charisma, leading to workability and box office success.

After <Myeongryang>, actor Choi Min-sik said, "In <Daeho>, the Joseon tiger can be the spirit of the nation, or it can be the pure emotion and pride that we must protect. Not just a tiger in a biological sense, I decided to appear in the role because I was fascinated by the spiritual symbolism of the time and the nature of this tiger itself.” During the six-month filming period, he portrayed himself as the mood maker of the field by taking the lead in everything, as well as perfect acting that moved Japanese actors Ren Osugi as well as Korean actors such as Jeong Man-sik, Kim Sang-ho, and Jeong Seok-won. In addition, actors in their 20s and 30s overcome physical limitations that are difficult to bear, and they did not hesitate to perform the action acting of running and rolling to hunt tigers in the snow-covered Mt. Jiri in the middle of winter. Above all, the deep relationship with the last tiger, Daeho, who had to live together in the last era when nature and people lived in harmony with each other, with minimal respect for each other, with heavy charisma and irreplaceable acting that no one except Choi Min-sik can do, to everyone who watches the movie. It will give you a deep understanding and impression.

The 'Tiger of Joseon', which disappeared 100 years ago, is revived as 'Daeho'!
Breathe the tiger energy into Korea once again in 2015!

Tigers were a familiar animal to our people to the extent that stories about tigers abound, such as 'The days when tigers smoked' and 'Dried persimmons scarier than tigers'. The tiger, which was a sacred being and an object of folk beliefs, was captured in Gyeongju in 1921 by the Japanese imperialists to annihilate the spirit of Joseon under the pretext of eradicating seawater (harmful animals). And in December 2015, <The Great Lakes> is scheduled to bring the now unseen Joseon tiger to life on the screen for the first time in the history of Korean cinema. Weight 400 kg, length 3 m 80 cm. <Daeho>, who was the owner of the deep and wide Jirisan Mountain among the Joseon tigers boasting the greatest majesty among tigers in the world, fights blood and blood against the Japanese army and gunners. The high pride of a Joseon tiger that always returns to its territory even though it knows that the gunner is waiting. Not only does it not give in to new firearms, but it also runs and roars at speeds approaching 80 km/h, and the innate dignity and dignity that yields viewers at once. The last tiger of Joseon is located in the middle of the deep and heavy drama of <Daeho>, and adds tension to the play. Dae-ho's presence overwhelms the screen, as a result of his various emotions, and the fate of the last tiger in Joseon will make the audience dazed.

The best catcher in Joseon and the last tiger in Joseon!
The intense story of two beings with similar fates <Daeho>

At first glance, the relationship between Man-deok and Daeho, and catcher and prey seems to be impossible to coexist. However, the movie <Daeho> starts the story from the similar fate that two beings, who seem to be in confrontation, tread. Man-deok Man-deok was called the best catcher in Joseon because of his extraordinary talent for hunting tigers. However, it has been a long time since he put his gun away because he was tired of the 'up' accumulated by taking his own life. And unlike the other catchers who were desperate to catch tigers with the Japanese, he tries to keep the courtesy of the mountain 'take only what you can catch'. Daeho, the greatest predator and owner of Mt. Jirisan, is also a hunter who kills other animals in order to survive. But there is no useless killing for him. The two are similar in that they are the last beings that have never been dominated by desires other than survival. And both are fathers. To Man-deok, his son Seok is more precious than his life, to Dae-ho, the youngsters are everything he has to protect. The two of us, whose family is more precious than the wounds and pains of our bodies, are beings who can empathize with each other's pain. Dae-ho, who does not allow anyone to hunt, and the best catcher who does not raise his gun recklessly. The relationship and fate of the two, who were the only enemies recognized by each other, strongly completes the drama of <Daeho>.

<New World> Director Park Hoon-jung
Produced by Man Pictures of <New World> <When a Man Loves> and <Coarse>
<Nom Nom Nom> <Sister Brother> <My Way> Cinematographer Lee Mo-gae
<The New World> <Nom Nom Nom> <War on Crime> <Veteran> Production Designer Ha Sung-seong
<New World> <Bat> <Kundo: Age of Rebellion> <Assassination> Costume designer Jo Sang-kyung
<New World> <Oldboy> <Kundo: Age of Rebellion> <Coarse> Music Director Jo Young-wook
The representative staff of Korean cinema, the production team of <New World> and Choi Min-sik reunite for a reason

The reason to believe in <The Great Lakes>, in which everything is a challenge due to an unprecedented cinematic attempt, comes from solid credits. <Daeho>, which was created as if drawing a map in a place where there is no road, was created by the crew who worked with <The New World>, and found the answer to an unprecedented challenge through teamwork of talent and passion. Following his founding work <New World>, he produced impressive works such as <When a Man Loves> and <The Shameless>, and cinematographer Lee Mo-gae has been tried in Korean films such as <Nom Nom Nom> <Sister Brotherhood> and <My Way>. He was responsible for the visual spectacle of non-existent genres, and production designer Harmony has created visual styles that transcend time and space, from <War Against Crime> <Nom Nom Nom> <New World> <Veteran>. Jo Sang-kyung, who designed the costumes for the two movies <Sweet Life>, <New World> and <Monster>, which showed the stylish side of a noir male actor properly, is a representative of the Korean film industry, where style told her character until her most recent work <Assassination>. a costume designer In addition, music director Cho Young-wook, who created melodies that will be remembered for a long time in films such as <Oldboy> <New World> <Rampant> and <Kundo: Age of Rampant>, was once again with him. The <Daeho> team, which has shown a 'new world' of Korean cinema with <New World>, is expected to show a 'new world' that the audience has never seen with actor Choi Min-sik, who conveys trust just by his name.

[ Production Note ]

The sweat and effort of the production team to create the magnificence of Mother Nature, the hometown of Daeho, in its raw form!
In search of another protagonist, Sanya of Joseon!

The era of the movie <Daeho> is set in the 1920s, and the space background is Mt. Jirisan, one of the most rugged mountains in Korea. In order to express the winter of Jirisan Mountain and the symbolism of the last tiger of Joseon living there, the director and production team formed five teams and went hunting without a plan. I started my first hunting by climbing Mt. Jiris, thinking that the production team should have a standard for themselves about why the movie is set in Mt. Jiris and what Mt. After several months of hunting, the filming locations of Jecheon, Pocheon, Gokseong, Hapcheon, Namhae, Jeonju, and Daegwallyeong were decided.
It was more difficult than expected to capture the winter of Mt. Jirisan. We had to check the weather in real time, such as the amount of snowfall, the strength of the wind, and the temperature of day and night, and if it snowed in another area during the filming, we had to go directly to the location and proceed with the shooting in strict accordance with the natural order. . It was the same with art, where everything had to be solved by human power. With the goal of 'Let's go real without being fancy', we went into the mountain with dozens of kilos of shooting equipment to find the raw and raw feeling that was not touched by human hands. I had to carry it on my back, and with a tree in both hands, I had to add detail in the mountains. In particular, during the shooting of the bombing scene, he visited the bare mountain on a mission not to damage nature, planted a dead tree after a month, and created a miracle of creating a mountain altogether. The winter of Mt. Jiri, completed with the sweat and effort of the staff, realistically embodies the vast and great nature of Korea that has not been shown in existing Korean films on the screen.

An unprecedented attempt in the history of Korean cinema, the Chosun Beom on the screen!
From tiger dolls to 'Daeho' motion actors to CG implemented with the best technology!
Breathing breath into the one-eyed 'Daeho' with terrifying power and speed
<Daeho> was a work with inherent difficulties in creating something out of nothing in that it deals with a tiger that no one has ever seen. Therefore, the first preparatory work the <Daeho> staff entered was to unify the different images in each person's mind into one. In addition to collecting vast amounts of data on the types and characteristics of tigers, as well as observing real tigers at the zoo, based on this, it was possible to establish the standard of 'Great Lakes' with an overwhelming presence of 3m 80cm in length and 400kg in weight.
And in <Daeho>, there is an actor who can never be seen in theaters, but who played a bigger role than anyone else on the set. This is the actor Kwak Jin-seok, who played the tiger's motion actor. Acting as a tiger means that you need to have both the physical strength and motor nerves to run freely in the mountains, as well as analytical and acting skills to understand the emotions of a character rather than just an animal. Jin-seok Kwak, the main character of <We Learn Action> and a former stuntman at the Seoul Action School, not only satisfied this demanding qualification, but also did not forget to prepare diligently, such as recording the actual tiger movement at the zoo and accompanying him to the shooting site. Thanks to this, the actors were able to face 'Daeho' more vividly.
Finally, the CG (Computer Graphic) team, which will breathe life into 'Daeho', is the best post-production company in Korea that participated in <Snowpiercer> <Stalker> <Oldboy> <Berlin> <Assassination> after a verification period of about two months. 'Force Creative Party Co., Ltd.' was selected. In order to complete the one-eyed 'Dae-ho', which is cool to the viewers, not as a product of simple technology, but as a single character, every detail down to the hair is revised and revised, making 'Dae-ho', the first attempt in Korean film history, realistically It will be implemented on the screen.

The only choice for the highest quality, Abbey Road Studios, England!
65-member orchestra & 40-member boys' choir
The only OST from <Daeho> that captures the lives of the people of that time when it was sublime!

Music director Cho Young-wook, who has shown strong engraved music even after watching movies such as <Old Boy> and <Kundo: Age of Rampant>, once again took on the melody of director Park Hoon-jung's work after <New World>. For music director Jo Young-wook, the key to the OST for <The Great Lakes> was how to sublimely portray the struggles of people who lived in an era of oppression called the Japanese colonial period. As a result, I tried to give a majestic feeling by strengthening the low range with instruments such as tuba, double bass, and bass trombone rather than woodwind instruments, which are mainly high-tone melodies. The voice of the boys' choir was added to this, maximizing the innocence of the life of a catcher and a tiger who endured huge changes and lived a similar fate.
And the only choice to capture all these sounds in the most optimal conditions was Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Since its founding in 1931, the world's best recording studio Abbey Road, which has produced OSTs for masterpieces such as <Star Wars>, <Harry Potter> series, and <Lord of the Rings> series, collaborated with a large-scale 65-member orchestra and a 40-member boys' choir. We were able to finish the recording of the 40 songs we had prepared satisfactorily. Sound engineer Sam Okell, who participated in the OST of <The Great Lakes> following the OSTs of Hollywood masterpieces such as the <The Hobbit> series and <Gravity>, said, “It is a wide range of music from a quiet and religious feeling to a fierce battle with a tiger.” This feeling makes the audience even more looking forward to this OST, which will capture the ears and hearts of the audience at the same time.

Absolutely, be real!
From food ingredients used to reproduce realistic scars, to artificial hair, lenses, and artificial teeth!
“Reenact people who would have lived in Jirisan Mountain in the 1920s!”

The keyword for the makeup of the movie <Daeho>, set in the 1920s in the Jirisan Mountains, was 'unconditionally real'. The main characters appearing in <Great Lakes> are largely divided into tiger hunters and Japanese soldiers, and in the case of Japanese soldiers Maezono (Ren Osugi) and Ryu (Suk-won Jeong), they were not as clean as seen in other movies or dramas, and they were in a situation where there was no sunscreen at the time. Considering the military status, it was expressed as a tanned skin tone with some blemishes. In the case of the tiger hunters Man-deok (Choi Min-sik), Gu-gyeong (Jung Man-sik), and Chil-goo (Kim Sang-ho), the main characters of the movie, they travel through Mt. To this end, the makeup team had to mobilize and research food ingredients that they had never tried before. The hairstyle was also divided into the youth and the present, and all of the young days were set as top hair, and the artificial hair that matched the actor's hair was carefully found and mixed with the actor's hair to create a top hat by hand. However, in the current appearance, he built a character with a natural yet strong image through the style of Mandeok, which made the most of the actor's own hairstyle, and the short hairstyle that was inspired by the short haircut of the Japanese colonial era. In addition, for natural teeth, the makeup team directly produced the plaster made from the actors' teeth, and the special makeup team scooped up, grinded, and colored the actors' teeth with plastic. Here, through wearing lenses that he had only seen in foreign films such as <Pirates of the Caribbean>, he succeeded in recreating realistic characters who might have lived in Jirisan in the 1920s, completing the actors' clear eyes and impressive expressions that had not been seen in Korean films.

[ The Tiger ]

1) Koreans and tigers, feared and envied, bravery and ingenuity! 9,000 years of coexistence
Tigers, who have lived on the Korean Peninsula since about 7000 BC, have been loved by Koreans for their strength and bravery. A tiger's beard was used by shamans to see past and future lives, and a tiger amulet was attached to the door to keep away evil spirits. In addition, as the main characters in tales such as 'The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon' and 'The Sun and the Moon,' the poet Nam-seon Choi called Joseon the country of Hodam-guk and the story of tigers. The magpie tiger became the representative material of folk tales, and a tiger scroll was presented as a wish for good luck in the new year. The tiger, an animal that symbolizes the spirit of the Korean people, took the first place in the national application and became the face of the 1988 Olympics, to the extent that a tiger map was published against the Japanese colonial rule of rabbit shape.

2) Weight 400kg, tail length 1m 20cm, total body length 3m 80cm
The king of tigers in Joseon, Sangun of Mt. Jirisan! 'shout'
Average speed 60-80 km/h! Traveling through the Korean Peninsula with a travel radius of 3,000 km.

The Joseon tiger is the largest and most fearless of all tigers in the world. A tiger's night vision is six times that of a human, making it the best predator that preys on all living things, it is characterized by strong jaws and long fangs. . It jumps so fast that one jump can reach 4m, and when jumping from a high place down, it can jump up to 10m. It lives in a cave on a steeply high ridge in a rugged mountainous area, and unless it dies because of its high self-esteem, it will surely return to its territory.

3) How to hunt tigers that risked the lives of Korean gunners! And Cheon Man-deok, Joseon's best catcher
Japan's seawater relief policy that held the last breath of a Joseon tiger

Joseon gunners used matchlock guns with a range of only 54m. It was risky to hunt a tiger with a matchlock gun that puts gunpowder in, ignites fire, wipes the barrel, and puts gunpowder in it again. The tiger was an animal so resilient that it would not die without a single blow to the heart, the small gap between the shoulder and the ribs. No matter how injured, the tiger's attack meant death to the hunter, so the master catchers stood still while waiting for the tiger to come from a distance of 18 m, then confronted the tiger with a single shot. In <Daeho>, other gunners use new firearms that can fire continuously, but Cheon Mandeok, Joseon's best gunner, uses a matchlock gun that has been used from generation to generation.
Meanwhile, Japan took the lead in the eradication of the Joseon tiger by implementing a seawater relief policy in the name of 'eliminating harmful beasts'. It was intended to kill the spirit and soul of Joseon, symbolized by a tiger, and to announce the greatness of the Japanese Empire. The tiger disappeared from the Korean Peninsula after the tiger caught in Daedeok Mountain in Gyeongju in 1921.

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