Of course, it’s baffling as to why nobody made a movie about Haebangchon (that has pretty much nothing to do with life in Haebangchon) sooner, but it has finally been done and the filmmaker’s groundbreaking unconventional approach has definitely piqued my interest.
This upcoming action/thriller won’t be criticised (unlike so many before it) for revealing every thrilling, action-packed moment in the trailer. In fact, so confident are the people behind Haebangchon, they have decided to keep us all in suspense by releasing a trailer that contains almost no action at all, and thrills that have redefined the boundaries of subtlety.
Though this is not a big budget film, little expense was spared on the lead actors, most of whom graduated with honours from the prestigous Christopher Walken School of Weird Phrasing.
Also, the film’s realistic depiction of Haebangchon life must have taken years of painstaking research by the director, whose attention to detail is simply breathtaking. I will always fondly remember my five years living in Haebangchon. Often were the times, when I wasn’t drinking makgeolli at the Family/CU Mart (or occasionally going to work), when I had to run for my life from sword-wielding Korean gangsters bent on taking over the massive multinational Haebangchon marijuana trade. Ah, those were the days.
Haebangchon. Coming soon to a computer near me. I really am looking forward to this one.