I thought I was the only one excited for the Boss’ comeback on the screen; but apparently, the whole cast of ‘Space Sweepers’ is quite excited for this first-ever sci-fi Korean blockbuster.
Set in 2092, spaceship Victory is one of the many that live off salvaging space debris. Crewed with a genius space pilot Tae-ho (Song Joong-ki), a mysterious ex-space pirate Captain Jang (Kim Tae-ri), a spaceship engineer Tiger Park (Jin Sun-kyu), and a reprogrammed military robot Bubs (Yoo Hai-jin), Spaceship Victory surpasses all other space sweepers. After successfully snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Victory’s crew finds a 7-year-old girl inside. They realize that she’s the human-like robot wanted by UTS Space Guards and decide to demand ransom in exchange.
It turns out ‘Space Sweepers’ was actually a concept 10 years in the making. This is why Soong Joong-ki already knew about it; Director Jo Sung-hee told him about it when they were shooting ‘A Werewolf Boy’ way back in 2012. This also explains why he signed onto the space adventure even prior to reading the script. Clearly, the script definitely did not disappoint. In fact, Joong-ki shares that he felt a rush of excitement as he went over it. (Yes, we got to be part of a press conference with him this morning! Ahhh!)
“I felt like I was a child again,” Joong-ki gushed. “When I first read the script, it reminded me of when I was a young kid.” He compares it to ‘The Goonies’ in so far as how amazing of an adventure it felt like… except that it takes place in outer space, that is.
The excitement and pride that all of the cast members have for ‘Space Sweepers’ were very apparent during the press con. After watching the trailers, you’ll easily understand why. The craftsmanship and time that that were spent in order to turn a dream into reality were uncanny.
I think some of the main reasons why ‘Space Sweepers’ was successfully filmed were the trust and bond that the actors have with their director. The bond between Director Jo Sung-hee and Song Joong-ki, for one, was undeniable during the press con.
Sung-hee even talked about it. “I really depended on him and relied on him. I could put my trust in him and felt a little bit relieved that Joong Ki was there so that there wasn’t much to worry about,” he gushed. Yue Hae-jin attested to this. “Actually, that was really apparent on the set. They may not say it, but we definitely see that strong bond.”
Hopefully, ‘Space Sweepers’ is just one of many Korean sci-fi films to come. For now, look forward to this new Korean sci-fi that will be simultaneously streamed over 190 countries and will be released this coming February 5, 2021 – only on Netflix!
By the way, Kim Tae-ri shared a few tips on how to have the complete sci-fi movie experience at home: “When you’re watching it at home, pay more attention to the sound effects. Please make sure that the volume is very loud, too. I think that would make it more vivid and intense, and give you a better experience.”