[Preview] ‘R2B’ Shows What Aerial Action is All About
R2B: Return to Base is a film that is meaningful just with its mere existence. It’s Korea’s first aerial action drama and continues the line of pilot stories that had been deserted 40 years ago after the 1964 film Red Muffler.
The film starts by showing Jung Tae Hoon (Jung Ji Hoon), a member of Korea’s best special flight team Black Eagles, breaking off from his formation at an air show for fun.
He is a genius pilot, but he always seems to brew trouble everywhere he goes, leading his superiors to push him back to the 21st fighter wing.
Tae Hoon confidently awaits the day he’ll return to the Black Eagles when an unexpected incident hits him.
An North Korean jet appears in the skies of Seoul city and engages in combat with South Korean jets in Seoul. This, however, is only the start. The 21st fighter wing soon has to carry out the biggest secret mission against North Korean forces, the ‘Return to Base’ mission.
The 113-minute-long film shows off some nice fighter jet action. The movements of the F-15K and TA-50, which were filmed with the help of the Korean Air Force, contain all the realness and excitement you could want. About 50 percent of the scenes were put together with special effects, but the effects melt seamlessly into the film.
The aerial action scenes were shot by Hollywood’s expert aerial team Wolfe Air. This team is the team that filmed scenes for the films Inception and The Dark Knight.
The jets confront each other in the skies over Seoul, dodging the 63 Building and other high-rises across the Han River and Namsan.
The training scenes before the big fight also probably couldn’t be captured on film without the Air Force’s help, and is another sight to see. The big air show that takes place as soon as the film starts will also overwhelm the audience with its splendor.
The film was directed by Kim Dong Won, the man behind City of Damnation and My Boss, My Hero 2. As the director is experienced in comedy films, R2B is also full of humorous elements. Jung Ji Hoon makes everyone laugh with his crazy antics in his attempts to win Shin Se Kyung’s heart. Shin Se Kyung, who’s mostly strict and rigid as the mechanic Yoo Se Young, loosens up herself in a scene where she appears drunk.
Oh Dal Soo, master of comedy, appears as the comical mechanic Min Dong Pil. His comedic skill shines again by delivering laughter in any situation. Jung Kyung Ho makes everyone laugh with his seriousness, adding another comedic element to the film.
The actor appears as the pilot Jo Tae Bong, and returns with the same brand of humor he put on for My Boss, My Hero 2 and Mokpo, Gangster’s Paradise.
Baek Bong Gi as Sergeant Kim doesn’t fall behind. Baek Bong Gi currently appears in tvN’s Roller Coaster 2 for the military drama Blue Tower. He lives up to expectations with his detailed military comedy, such as saluting to his superiors with his shoulders. Park Hyo Jun partners up with Baek Bong Gi to complete a perfect comedy combo.
It’s also noticeable how audiences will be able to see the popular actors Jung Ji Hoon, Yoo Jun Sang, Shin Se Kyung, Lee Ha Na, Lee Jong Seok and Jo Seong Ha all on one screen.
The only weakness of this film is that compared to the action, comedy and name value of the actors, the story isn’t so tight-knit - but the actions scenes are fitting for the hot summer. The film premiered on August 15.
- R2B: Return to Base 20120819