The cast of “Confidential Assignment 2: International” has dished on the upcoming film!
On August 16, the main cast of “Confidential Assignment 2” gathered for the film’s press conference where they spoke about working together again, the difficulties of sequels, and more!
Directed by Kim Sung Hoon, the 2017 film “Confidential Assignment” was about a North Korean detective named Rim Chul Ryung (Hyun Bin) and a South Korean detective named Kang Jin Tae (Yoo Hae Jin) teaming up to catch a criminal. Girls’ Generation’s YoonA also played Park Min Young, the sister-in-law of Kang Jin Tae.
The sequel is titled “Confidential Assignment 2: International” and follows Rim Chul Ryung heading back to South Korea in pursuit of a brutal and secret criminal organization. He teams up again with Kang Jin Tae, who volunteers to work with the North Korean in order to get back on the investigation team after a mistake landed him in the cyber crime department.
The duo also teams up with newcomer Jack (Daniel Henney), an FBI detective from the United States who is on the trail of a North Korean criminal organization that has caused havoc all over the world. Jin Sun Kyu plays villain Jang Myung Joon, the leader of this criminal organization.
Hyun Bin, Yoo Hae Jin, and YoonA talked about returning for the sequel with Hyun Bin saying, “I really liked it. As soon as there was talk about ‘Confidential Assignment 2,’ I thought it’d be great if I could do it with the actors from before. While we were comfortable, I also think our synergy was doubled.”
Yoo Hae Jin commented, “For ‘Confidential Assignment 1,’ the results were good but it was also good on set, which is why I was excited to see everyone again.” YoonA continued, “This is my first time meeting everyone again for a series production. It was so nice [to see everyone] and I felt really familiar. I was able to film even more comfortably.”
YoonA also elaborated on Park Min Young’s growth in the sequel, explaining, “After being persecuted for being unemployed in the first film, she’s now found a job as a beauty YouTuber. She also develops conflicting thoughts when she starts giving Jack the feelings she had for Chul Ryung.” She made everyone laugh as she added, “I think that happens with anyone in front of her.”
On playing a villain, Jin Sun Kyu shared, “I’m anticipating a good portrayal of my physical transformation. I honestly felt really happy. I showed my wife because it was such a different image and she said, ‘Honey, what kind of role? Choco Boy role?,’” referencing a mushroom-shaped snack to describe Jang Myung Joon’s hairstyle. Jin Sun Kyu hilariously added, “I thought she would say I looked cool but she said I resembled Choco Boy.”
Director Lee Seok Hoon addressed the difficulties of producing a sequel film, explaining, “There are inevitably jinxes that the sequel does worse than the original. I thought about the cause of that. I thought that I couldn’t rely on the previous work’s success when following suit with the characters.”
He added, “There are a lot of comments saying that it’s great to see the actors from the first film return. I think the conditions for the sequel are the characters who receive love. I believe that the curiosity of the characters’ back stories is the driving force that creates sequels.”
Lee Seok Hoon also teased, “While we didn’t specifically discuss this, I’ve personally thought about what kind of story it could be if a third film was made. If the sequel receives lots of love, I anticipate that a third film can be made through that driving force.”
For the first time in 17 years, Hyun Bin and Daniel Henney have reunited after both appearing in the 2005 drama “My Lovely Sam Soon.” As Daniel Henney is currently overseas, he was unable to attend the press conference and instead made a brief appearance through a video call. Thinking back to their first filming, Daniel Henney commented, “After meeting again, it felt like we got close right off the bat.”
Hyun Bin added, “As we’ve both been in our individual places and have been acting well to fit our situations, I think that’s why we were able to work on another project together. It was so nice to see him on set. I was also really looking forward to it. It was so great.”
When asked about his happiest moment throughout filming, Daniel Henney responded, “There’s a nightclub scene in the movie and after that filming, Hyun Bin and I drank beer at a hotel and talked a lot about old times. I personally really enjoyed it.”
“Confidential Assignment 2” will be Hyun Bin’s return to the big screen since getting married to Son Ye Jin in March and announcing their pregnancy this past June. Hyun Bin commented, “There haven’t been any big changes as a result of my personal life.”
The actor shyly added, “Things I’m looking forward to or worrying about include wanting ‘Confidential Assignment’ to receive even more love. Wondering what audience members will think is [a] bigger [worry]. As we prepared it diligently, I hope it is watched lots.”
Lastly, director Lee Seok Hoon commented, “All the movies I’ve made thus far have been for audiences over the age of 12. They’re not that cruel or violent and are fun. I hope this becomes a fun and enjoyable film that viewers can watch with their families this Chuseok holiday [Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving]. I will be thankful if you seek out the movie theater and choose ‘Confidential Assignment’ this Chuseok.”
YoonA shared, “The impressiveness and fun of the first film will be doubled in the sequel. I hope you will join ‘Confidential Assignment’ this Chuseok.” Hyun Bin added, “I’m seeing and greeting you for the first time in awhile. As much love as we’ve received, we made this just as diligently so I hope you enjoy it this Chuseok.”
“Confidential Assignment 2: International” hits theaters on September 7. Watch the trailer here!