The long awaited "Steel Rain 2: Summit" opens in South Korean theaters on July 29th. The movie's peculiar context of arriving right in the midst of another real-world realignment of the peace process between North and South Korea has already been noted. But from the outset a sequel reuniting lead stars Jung Woo-sung and Kwak Do-won seemed unlikely due to the way the first "Steel Rain" ended, with their characters unlikely to encounter one another again.
So it is that with "Steel Rain 2: Summit" this issue has been resolved with Jung Woo-sung and Kwak Do-won playing completely different characters. Not only are they much higher ranked officials, to the level of dealing with peace talks firsthand, they are on opposite sides. Kwak Do-won is now a North Korean leader rather than a South Korean intelligence operative, and vice-versa for Jung Woo-sung's character.
The exact continuity between the movies also remains ambiguous. While "Steel Rain 2: Summit" started production with the same director and lead cast as "Steel Rain" it was not at the time understood to be a continuation of the first film. It's unclear whether similar character names as well as appearances between the lead characters of the two titles are meant to be a coincidence or just a sort of in-joke.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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