“The Roundup” or “The Outlaws 2” (범죄도시2) has enjoyed incredible box office success (and broke a few records) since it debuted earlier this year. Regardless if you haven’t had the chance to watch it on the big screen or want to watch it again, this crime action film will be making its way to streaming platforms this weekend.
In case you didn’t know, production for the follow-up sequel “The Roundup: Punishment” (범죄도시4) is already underway. Ma Dong-seok (Don Lee, 마동석) has been keeping fans up to date with the filming progress. While we wait for that, do check out this interview where the 51-year-old South Korean actor talked about his experience on “The Roundup”.
What experience will the audience have when watching “The Roundup”?
“The Roundup” is a story about detectives making the city free of crime. We have a ferocious new villain and a great line-up of characters. I hope you can see how criminals are always brought to justice.
Many people have been waiting for a mind-lowing crime action film. Do you sense great anticipation for this film?
“The Roundup” has a bigger scale than “The Outlaws” and one of the best things about “The Outlaws” is that all the characters are full of life. This time there are more characters with even greater punch. You will have fun just watching these actors play their roles. You mentioned mind-blowing action. Actually, that’s the film’s kick. Mr Son Suk-ku has made some exceptional action scenes, you will see how great Suk-ku is in action scenes.
What does the character Ma Seok-do mean to you?
Ma Seok-do, as a character, has a lot of “me” in it. First of all, it has my childhood dream of becoming a police. And as an actor, I always want to do detective or action films, but those roles didn’t really come to me. So I thought “I should create one” when I participated in producing this film. I spent half of my life boxing and the other half acting. I wanted to show some action in this film. To me, the character of Ma Seok-do is like myself. Both the film and the character have a huge meaning to me.
What is your chemistry with Mr Son Suk-ku (who plays the villain in the film) like?
It is my first time filming with Suk-ku. But I can tell how carefully he studied his character. He always has more questions for his characters and he always studies. He put in so much effort. I appreciate it as a co-star and producer of the film. It is my first time, but it felt so natural to work with him.
Any messages that you like to share with fans abroad?
Thank you for watching my films. You are even watching Korean films through subtitles. I’m doing my best to return your love through great movies.
“The Roundup” will premiere on Saturday 26th November, 10pm on tvN Movies (Astro CH395 (HD) & Astro GO | unifi tv CH211 (HD) & unifi playTV).