November 29, 2022

 Star actor Ma Dong-seok, often known as Don Lee in the USA, mentioned Friday that his upcoming motion comedy “The Roundup,” a sequel to “The Outlaws” (2017), incorporates a extra enticing villain character and extra thrilling motion set items than the primary movie.

Loosely primarily based on a real-life gang turf warfare, “The Outlaws” starring Ma garnered a complete of 6.8 million folks to turn into the third most-watched R-rated film in South Korea.

This picture offered by ABO Leisure reveals a scene from “The Roundup.” (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Directed by Lee Sang-yong, the sequel is ready in Vietnam 4 years after Detective Ma Seok-do (Ma) swept a bunch of ruthless Chinese language gangsters in Seoul within the first installment. The cop groups up together with his previous associates once more to catch a ruthless felony, named Kang Hae-sang, who commits crimes, like kidnapping and homicide towards vacationers, for a number of years within the Southeast Asian area.

“‘The Roundup’ is made on a much bigger scale than the primary one,” Ma mentioned in an internet press convention. “It is filled with extra enticing characters and extra forceful narrative.”

The actor, recognized for taking part in powerful and violent although likable characters in movies like “Prepare to Busan” (2016), mentioned he had newly realized judo to carry out robustly entertaining motion sequences within the new movie. He was final seen on the massive display because the superhero Gilgamesh in Marvel’s “Eternals” (2021).

“My motion is predicated on boxing as I’ve realized boxing for a very long time,” he mentioned. “This time, I wanted some abilities primarily based on judo. So I realized the martial arts for this challenge.”

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Ma, who additionally participated in “The Roundup” challenge as a producer, mentioned he tried to not repeat the plot and characters of the primary film, which gained large reputation, in telling follow-up tales.

“As ‘The Outlaws’ and ‘The Roundup’ are primarily based on actuality, I appeared for a lot of crime instances and gave a contemporary twist to adapt them into the film,” he mentioned. “We’re now engaged on one other sequel to ‘The Roundup.’ We’re attempting to provide you with contemporary concepts within the sequence.”

Actor Son Seok-koo, who had taken roles of mild, romantic characters within the romantic comedy movie “Romance With out Love” (2021), the political TV sequence “Designated Survivor: 60 Days” (2019) and the rom-com “Be Melodramatic” (2019), performs the primary villain, Hae-sang.

He replaces Jang Chen, a cold-blooded Chinese language gang chief performed by singer-turned-actor Yoon Kye-sang, who confirmed robust presence in “The Outlaws.”

“That is my first character that fights. I gained weight and skilled some motion items for the position,” he mentioned. “I didn’t attempt to create a completely new character from Jang Chen. However I simply strived to be myself and do my finest.”

Director Lee, who labored as an assistant director on “The Outlaws,” mentioned he’s happy to current his first directorial debut filmed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a result of pandemic, our filming schedule has been disrupted so many instances,” he mentioned. “So many issues have occurred over the previous three years. Due to the cooperation of the crew and solid members, I may full this challenge and the movie is now set to be proven to the general public.”

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“The Roundup” will hit native screens on Could 18.