The movie previously known as 《Steel Rain 2》 which drew a lot of attention for casting Jung Woo Sung, Kwak Do Wok and Yoo Yeon Seok, has confirmed its official title as 《The Summit》 (English title 《Summit: Steel Rain》) and has completed its blessing ceremony as well as script reading session. It is expected to crank in on August 27, 2019.
《Summit : Steel Rain》 is a movie of a foreseeable future that depicts a crisis near the verge of war after the three leaders South Korea, North Korea and the US were kidnapped by a North Korean coup in a North Korean nuclear powered submarine while attending a summit between three countries.
《Summit : Steel Rain》 is the latest film to be directed by Director Yang Woo Seok of 《The Attorney》, and 《Steel Rain》 which was based on a webtoon of the same name released in 2011 as well as the 2017 released webtoon titled 《Steel Rain : Steel Rain 2》. 《Summit : Steel Rain》 is an extension of the 《Steel Rain》 universe that will realistically depict a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the only divided country in the world, which has become an island of the Cold War in the interests of powerful nations, and the real story of the people surrounding it.
Webtoon ‘Steel Rain’ which kick-started the ‘Steel Rain Universe’ predicted the death of Kim Jong Il and it became such a big hit and exceeded 10 million views. The second part which were the movie 《Steel Rain》 and webtoon 《Steel Rain : Steel Rain 2》were based on a fresh idea of a coup d’état occuring in North Korea and forced its leader who was in a life and death risk to escape and seek refuge in South Korea, which triggered a brink of nuclear war crisis between the North Korea and South Korea. The steel chemistry and bromance between the two main leads whose roles representing the two Koreas made the movie to become intensely fun.
Following this will be the third part,《Summit : Steel Rain》 which will be about the leaders of both North and South Korea and the President of the United States of America being kidnapped and imprisoned aboard a North Korean nuclear submarine. As it happens in a new global order where China is rapidly growing as a superpower, and Korea’s complicated interests with nearby regional powers is still unsolved, the threats of war expanding into the entirety of North-East Asia and the third part promises an enjoyable and suspense-filled experience.
At the same time of the movie filming, the original webtoon by Director Yang Woo Suk titled ‘Summit: Steel Rain 3’ (which the movie is be based on,) will be released on Daum Webtoon and Kakaopage on Monday, September 23.
If Jung Woo Sung played a former North Korean special agent and Kwak Do Won portrayed the presidential secretary of South Korea where the two of them were thrown into a reluctant friendship and unlikely collaboration in the movie 《Steel Rain》, however, it is interesting to note that their roles will flip sides for the spin-off. Jung Woo Sung will play the president of South Korea who is rational, level headed and warm-hearted while Kwak Do Won will play North Korean Supreme Guard Commander who staged the coup d’état in 《Summit : Steel Rain》 and they are expected to show antagonism towards each other, as opposed to their friendship in 《Steel Rain》.
Yoo Yeon Seok will be joining them and he will portray the role of a North Korean Supreme Leader and is expected to transform beyond the stereotyped of ‘big figure and all back hairstyle’ look of the North Korean supreme leaders. Under the impenetrable veil cast upon by the threat of war, how will the conflict and the allied front behind the scenes play out?
Movie 《Summit : Steel Rain》is expected to be released in the first half of 2020 after finishing its filming in the second half of 2019.
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