Admiral Yi Sun-sin, expressed by Kim Yun-seok in the movie ‘Noryang’, is coming
Production briefing session for the movie ‘Noryang: Sea of Death’Following the movies 'Roaring Currents', which started in 2014, and 'Hansan: Emergence of the Dragon' in 2022, the final series 'Noryang: Sea of Death' returns in 2023. ‘Noryang: Sea of Death’ concludes the 10-year journey of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s trilogy.
Released on December 20th
Released on December 20th
Following the fiery actor Choi Min-sik in 'Roaring Currents' and the soft and watery actor Park Hae-il in 'Hansan', the role of Yi Sun-shin in 'Noryang: Sea of Death', which contains the final battle, is played by actor Kim Yun-seok. Will 'Noryang: The Sea of Death', which captures the battle of that day so fierce that its weight is unfathomable, achieve its final beauty?
On the 15th, a production briefing session for the movie ‘Noryang: Sea of Death’ (directed by Kim Han-min) was held at the Lotte Cinema Konkuk University entrance in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. Director Kim Han-min, actors Kim Yun-seok, Baek Yun-sik, Jeong Jae-young, Heo Jun-ho, Kim Seong-gyu, Lee Kyu-hyung, Lee Moo-saeng, Choi Deok-moon, Park Myung-hoon, Park Hoon, and Moon Jeong-hee attended the event. 'Noryang: Sea of Death' is a war action masterpiece depicting Admiral Yi Sun-sin's final battle to completely annihilate the Japanese army trying to retreat from Joseon, seven years after the outbreak of the Japanese Invasion of Korea. Director Kim Han-min, who was in charge of directing, produced the Yi Sun-shin trilogy, including 'Roaring Currents', 'Hansan: Appearance of the Dragon', and 'Noryang: The Sea of Death'.
Regarding the reason why he suggested the role of Yi Sun-shin in 'Noryang', which concludes the long journey, to actor Kim Yun-seok, director Kim Han-min said, "Yi Sun-shin in 'Roaring Currents' felt like fire, and 'Hansan' felt like water. 'Noryang' has both of those things. "I thought there should be a fusion of synergy. I thought about who that kind of actor would be. The only actor with that kind of aura was Kim Yun-seok, so I had the courage to suggest it," he explained.
Director Kim Han-min, who said he prepared a spectacular naval battle scene this time, said, "It's about 1 hour and 40 minutes long. It's no exaggeration to say that we went on a long journey for that. Since it was a naval battle where a big battle took place, I tried to show the scale. I had no choice but to add the subtitle 'Sea of Death.' “There was none. The know-how and step-by-step upgrades of ‘Myeongryang’ and ‘Hansan’ are incorporated into ‘Noryang.’ That’s why I’m even more nervous,” he said. Next, in 'Hansan', subtitles were included in the naval battle scene to make the dialogue easier to hear. Director Kim Han-min added, "I think there's a 90 percent chance of it going in. To make the naval battle fun. Mixing technology has also improved so it can be enjoyable to watch without subtitles, so I'm leaving a 10 percent chance."
When asked what kind of work he would like to reach the audience while continuing the series for over 10 years with 'Roaring Currents', 'Hansan: Rise of the Dragon', and 'Noryang: Sea of Death', which started in 2014, director Kim Han-min said, "'Roaring Currents'. After the release of 'Hansan', I came across comments saying that it was comforting. 'Noryang' is a sea of death, but it is calm and has the clarity that death gives. It is a work that truly brings great comfort, courage, and consolation to the audience. “I hope this happens. I hope it becomes a signal for the revival of Korean movies,” he said. Actor Kim Yun-seok played Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who is about to enter the final battle.
Following Choi Min-sik in 'Roaring Currents' and Park Hae-il in 'Hansan', Kim Yun-seok, who played the role of Admiral Yi Sun-sin in 'Noryang', revealed the reason why he participated in the work. Kim Yun-seok said, "The director sent me the scenario. In fact, the role of Admiral Yi Sun-sin is something that everyone feels proud and burdened with. I thought how great it would be if it were made into a movie. After reading the scenario, I willingly participated." did.
Kim Yun-seok said that although he felt burdened by the role of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, he had to do it. Kim Yun-seok said, "It was burdensome. 'Noryang' is the last battle, and it is important to see how the war that lasted 7 years will end. I think another title for 'Noryang' is the Japanese Invasion of Korea. In order to capture this ending, the entire Japanese Invasion of Korea must be touched upon. “It was a situation like that. It’s not just empty words, I was so happy that I jumped up and down when I heard that Teacher Baek Yun-sik would be joining us. I thought there were huge pillars coming in.” When asked if there was any advice he received from Choi Min-sik and Park Hae-il, he added, "They told me to put everything aside and pray."
Regarding 'Noryang', where we can see another side of Yi Sun-sin, he said, "I think it contained a lot of agony because he had to end the war with everything in mind, including his fellow generals who had been with him for 7 years, the world situation so far, and the Ming Dynasty's position. 'Noryang' “The Yi Sun-sin of ‘Myeongryang’ and the Yi Sun-sin of ‘Hansan’ had to be captured in the head and heart,” he explained.
He continued, "I don't know how many more movies about the Japanese invasions of Korea will be released, but I think it is a great ambition and a tremendous adventure to divide the seven-year story into Myeongryang, Hansan, and Noryang without thinking of making it into one movie. Excluding the three works, there is nothing to discuss. “It seems like an incredibly enormous work. It is the culmination of the know-how of Myeongryang and Hansan,” he added. Actor Baek Yun-sik played the role of Shimazu, the top commander of the Japanese army who leads the infamous Salma Army.
Regarding the opportunity to participate in 'Noryang', Baek Yun-sik said, "I received the scenario and read it with fun. There were dramatic elements as well. It was exciting. I think all Korean citizens know the historical story of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. I think it is very difficult to make something like this into a movie. “When I looked at the scenario book, I saw that it was well-written in a dramatic way. I declared to director Kim Han-min that I would participate,” he said.
Regarding the points he focused on while preparing for the role of Shimazu, Baek Yoon-sik said, "The character named Shimazu is the highest commander of the Japanese army, leading the infamous Salma Army. He is said to be a very famous figure in Japanese history. He is a skilled strategist who does not easily back down even in unfavorable situations, and plays a desperate role. Since he is a character who stands up to Admiral Yi Sun-sin even in a crisis, I tried to express his fierce side in a powerful way. Didn't there be a lot of interest as soon as the cookie video in the previous episode 'Hansan: Appearance of the Dragon' was released? I hope that the audience will welcome it even more. “He said.
Baek Yun-sik, who had to wear armor weighing about 30 kg as the top commander of the Japanese army, revealed the story behind his costume. Baek Yun-sik expressed his pride, saying, "If you include the helmet and armor, it weighs 30 kg. The costume director directly communicated with the people who made it, and the costume was handmade by skilled workers in Japan." Actor Jeong Jae-young appears as Jin Lin, the governor of the Ming Dynasty navy.
Regarding the opportunity to participate in 'Noryang: Sea of Death', Jaeyoung Jeong said, "I was bored. There was a burden of having to speak the Ming language, but I really wanted to participate. I think it was a good choice." Regarding what he focused on while preparing for his role as Jinrin, Jeong Jae-young said, "It is a role that is torn between the loyalty of the Ming Dynasty and Admiral Yi Sun-sin. His heart is that of Yi Sun-sin, but his body is a character who has no choice but to consider the Ming Dynasty and his own practical interests." "I was at a loss while practicing. I didn't know it would be this hard. It was something I struggled with until the end of filming. Please don't watch if you know the Ming Dynasty language," he said about the behind-the-scenes story.
Actor Heo Jun-ho takes on the role of Teng Zi-ryong, Vice Admiral of the Ming Dynasty navy.
Regarding the opportunity to participate in 'Noryang: Sea of Death', Heo Jun-ho said, "I met director Kim Han-min and his heart touched me. I participated because there were actors Kim Yun-seok, Baek Yoon-seok and Jeong Jae-young that I could work with." The characters on the Joseon military side included actor Kim Seong-gyu as a military commander, actor Choi Deok-moon as Song Hee-rip, actor Park Hoon as Gyeongsang Left Investigator Lee Un-ryong, and actor Moon Jeong-hee as Lady Bang, the wife of Admiral Yi Sun-sin.
Actor Kim Seong-gyu asked about the opportunity to participate in 'Noryang: Sea of Death' following 'Hansan: Appearance of the Dragon', saying, "While talking with the director, I felt that I was completing my role as a warrant officer. He gave me the courage to do it." In particular, actor Choi Deok-moon expressed his pride in the character, saying, "Both eyes only see Admiral Yi Sun-sin and both ears listen to Admiral Yi Sun-sin. He is a reliable confidant who carries out any order."
Actor Park Hoon said, "I was able to get information about 'Noryang' early because I did 'Hansan'. I was able to get a big impact after seeing the scenario. It was an honor for me to dare to be in a scene with these seniors." did. Actress Moon Jeong-hee also said, "It is the only female character. There was no reason not to have a great senior and director Kim Han-min. It is a work with a deep meaning." Those on the Japanese army's side included actor Lee Gyu-hyung, who played the role of tactician Arima, actor Park Myung-hoon, who played Shimazu's henchman Moriatsu, and actor Lee Moo-saeng, who played the role of vanguard Konishi.
Actor Lee Gyu-hyung said about the opportunity to participate in 'Noryang: Sea of Death', "I decided to do it because it was an honor that made me wonder if I would ever be able to participate in an overwhelming, large-scale, majestic work again in my life." Actor Park Myung-hoon said, "It was an incredible scenario. “I thought there was no reason for a Korean actor not to participate. I was a fan of his previous works,” he said.
Actor Lee Moo-saeng also said about his opportunity to participate in the work, "I have always vaguely loved, respected, and admired Admiral Yi Sun-sin. It is an infinite honor to be able to participate in the last work of director Kim Han-min's trilogy."
The movie ‘Noryang: Sea of Death’ is scheduled to be released on December 20th.
Reporter Ha-neul Lee, Ten Asia firstname.lastname@example.org