The second movie screened at day 2 of the Korean Film Festival in Australia in Melbourne was ‘Midnight Runners‘. This is a highly acclaimed film with an A-list cast.
Director: Jason Kim
Cast: Park Seo-joon, Kang Ha-neul, Lee Ho-jung
Genre: Crime, Action
At Seoul’s prestigious Police University, slow-witted jock Gi-jun and shy bookworm Hee-yeol become best buddies through their tough training. On a rare night out, they witness the abduction of a young woman. Turning to the authorities for support, their pleas fall on deaf ears as the police are preoccupied with a high-profile kidnapping case. Gi-jun and Hee-yeol are called to action and must become a formidable crime-fighting force having no alternative but to investigate the abduction themselves. This leads to a night of comedic hijinks and shocking revelations as they learn to apply both their deductive and combat training in the real world.
Check out the trailer for ‘Midnight Runners’ below!
‘Midnight Runners‘ is now easily one of my favourite movies. The film had the perfect balance of funny and sentimental moments. The A-list cast of Park Seo-joon and Kang Ha-neul were well suited for their roles. This was the first time I saw Kang Ha-neul in a funny light. ‘Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo‘ is my favourite K-drama, but he is so serious as the 8th prince in that. It was really refreshing to see him play a nerdy student in this movie. Similarly, Park Seo-joon‘s character was light-hearted and quick-witted. It was easy for the audience to fall in love with the two main characters.
‘Midnight Runners‘ is funny from the get-go. Before the plot develops, it depicts how Gi-jun and Hee-yeol become best friends and partners-in-crime. Their journey together at Police University will inspire people in terms of brotherhood. No matter what, they are always there for each other. Seeing their close comradeship will warm people’s hearts. Their hilarious club scene is relatable. Chansung from 2PM also makes a surprise appearance.
This movie teaches the audience about the realities of the outside world. The kidnapping that Gi-jun and Hee-yeol are witness to leads them into the world of human trafficking, which is still a serious issue today. It will definitely raise awareness of this. When the two characters were fighting against the human traffickers, the whole audience was hyping them up. They even clapped multiple times during the movie. As well as funny moments, there are so many emotional and heartwarming moments during the movie that will make the audience laugh but tear up. I think that anyone could enjoy not only the humour but also the action in ‘Midnight Runners‘.
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Written by Lindsay
Edited by Narelle
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