By NA Won-jung
The film’s story is related to the original Red Muffler , directed by the legendary Korean director SHIN Sang-ok in 1964. The original film used the Korean War as its background, dealing with the passion and the love of F-86 Saver jet fighter pilots, and bringing in the most audiences in Seoul at the time and won countless domestic film awards in the process. The new version of Red Muffler reflects the changes in time and deals with the pilots of the new F-15K fighters, yet it still brings the nostalgia from 47 years ago.
This is Korea’s first-ever ‘aerial action blockbuster,’ co-produced and exclusively distributed by CJ E&M Film Business Division. Director KIM Dong-won, whose previous works include My Boss, My Teacher (2006), and City of Damnation (2009) proclaimed of displaying brilliant and detailed visuals, combining them with love and friendship of young couple, as well as aerial action scenes full of liveliness and realistic stunts. The leading character is Tae-hoon, an Air Force captain who’s a member of ‘Black Eagle,’ Korea’s elite air force. He is transferred to combat force with F-15K and creates conflict on his first day with Cheon-hee, a top gun at F-15K squad who’s also a deep believer in principle, and is disciplined. In midst of such, an aerial situation with North Korea promptly takes place as Tae-hoon and his colleagues board on the jet fighters and take off without the guarantee of returning safely.
The film features an impressive cast, including YOO Joonsang of Moss fame playing Cheol-hee and solid supporting casts including JO Sung-ah (Yellow Sea ), OH Dal-soo (Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Affair ) among others. What’s more, unlike the original Red Muffler with female leads playing bartenders at a nearby Air Force Camp bar, the new version features two of the ‘blue chip’ actresses in Korea today, SHIN Sae-kyung (Blue Salt ) and LEE Hana (Fair Love ) both playing talented Air Force serviceperson, making the film even more interesting.