Director: Woo-Seok Yang
Star Cast: Woo-Sung Jung, Do-Won Kwak, Eui-Sung Kim
Steel Rain, a smoothly created Korean political activity spine-chiller, is an indication of a portion of the delectable little movies of the class that we used to find in the late ’90s and the mid-2000s. There’s undercover work, brave prominent deaths, an improbable brotherhood between two warriors from warring countries, doubt and perplexity over the absence of correspondence, and an atomic danger that could prompt the total of all feelings of trepidation. Coordinated by Yang Woo-Seok, who adjusted his own webtoon for the screen, the film effectively mixes every one of these fixings — and that’s just the beginning — to give us a delightful and tasty dish. That he can do as such while keeping the story immovably grounded inside the milieu and with no hint of Hollywoodisation at all is just amazing.
A North Korean mystery benefit operator named Eom Chul-charm is brought once again from an opiate instigated retirement by his better than kill two best military authorities who have denounced any kind of authority, and who now represent the risk of an overthrow against the Supreme Leader, alluded to all through the film as ‘Number One’. At the point when Eom achieves a mechanical complex to complete his central goal, he understands it is past the point of no return, in light of the fact that the upset has started – and, to top it all off, Number One has been gotten in the crossfire. As many of Steel Rain bombs arrive upon the complex pummeling everything, Eom some way or another figure out how to haul out an intensely injured Number One, with the assistance of two team promoters. Through the following disorder and perplexity, the gathering figures out how to cross the outskirt and achieves Seoul, in South Korea, hunting down therapeutic consideration for their pioneer.
Then, believing that the rocket strikes were the joint workmanship of South Korea and its partner, the US, North Korea proclaims war against both. Presently in an unfriendly region, Eom tries to secure Number One’s life, at the same time attempting to discover what turned out badly. He is soon joined by a bureaucratic helper of the South Korean President, who gets entangled in the issue when Eom abducts his ex since she is a specialist and can spare Number One’s life. This paper-pushing work area agent named Kwak Chul-charm is experiencing his own particular issues – a division with his significant other, irritated kids and the progress between the active and officeholder Presidents. Far beyond this, he now needs to shed his xenophobia, and his inborn disparagement for individuals from the opposite side of the outskirt to hold hands with a North Korean warrior keeping in mind the end goal to keep the total demolition of the Korean promontory.
The best thing about Steel Rain is that the film does not have the steady (and frequently insignificant) activity that appears to have progressed toward becoming to the standard of activity films nowadays. Don’t imagine it any other way, however – there’s a lot of activity to keep you stuck to your seats, yet only nearby, there is likewise a phenomenal depiction of state tact that includes an enraged China, a pausing and watching Japan, a wary US and the two Korean countries. Truly, a portion of the best scenes of the film is from inside meeting corridors where state pioneers keep their nerves and endeavor to survey and break down the circumstance before taking such expansive choices as propelling weapons of mass obliteration. Pre-emptive systems and recreations are talked about and wrangled about, allegations are made, even as the destiny of the two countries swing from a thin line.
On the ground, nonetheless, there’s more than that, on the grounds that not all things are grinding away appears. Nobody can be trusted, treacheries are the request of the day and after numerous plot turns, the two heroes don’t generally know for beyond any doubt who they should battle for. In the midst of all these, there is additionally the larger topic of the purposelessness of the division between the two countries numerous years back, and a consistent interest in unification. Both Eom and Kwak acknowledge how little they are aware of each other, but, how comparable they truly are, in spite of being from the contrary sides of the outskirt. Those of us watching this film in the Indian subcontinent will promptly relate to these topics and the profound scar that the Partition, for example, has left on our souls and our psyches. The film emphasizes its focal topic all through the film – individuals who endure the division of a nation experience the ill effects of the division itself, and more in the hands of the individuals who pick up from such a grievous demonstration.
With these feelings ringing so anyone can hear and clear, and with superlative exhibitions by its two leads, bolstered by some splendid altering and an incredible ambient melodies, the film effortlessly scores over its to some degree convoluted plot, a staggering storm of supporting characters and a marginally slack second half, until the point that it achieves a peak that leaves the watcher both substance and enthusiastic in the meantime. Do try Steel Rain out. In our current reality where individuals are looking at raising dividers, the film accompanies a crisp and sensible interest for deleting outskirts and rejoining with since quite a while ago isolated family. Also, that, in itself, is a great thing.