Space Sweepers director teases a sequel, says he wanted to see an ordinary Korean save the planet

Song Joong Ki and Kim Tae Ri's latest film Space Sweepers rose to number 1 on the world movie rankings in just a day after its release. In light of its success, director Jo Sung Hee talks about the chances of a sequel.
Space Sweepers director teases a sequel, says “I wanted to see an ordinary Korean save the planet"
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Korea's first space science fiction ‘Seungri-ho,’ or 'Space Sweepers' as it is known more popularly in English, directed by director Jo Sung-hee and starring Song Joong Ki, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Hai Jin and Jin Seon Kyu has broken records to rise to the top of the world movie rankings on Netflix within a day after its release. As such, South Korea has proven once and for all that truly, "not all heroes wear capes". Rather, sometimes they were torn shoes and perforated socks and have to worry about saving up pennies due to high rates of taxes. 

In an interview with director Jo Sung Hee, he shared that his main motivation behind making the movie or even conceiving the idea in the first place came from a sense of national pride because he just wanted to see an ordinary Korean saving the planet. He said, "I wanted this movie to be accepted by the audience without feeling unfamiliar, but spaceships fly in a black space, and I thought it might be strange to speak Korean in it. The fact that Koreans appear in space sci-fi movies is a strange thing. It was enough, so I thought it was appropriate not to go too far in all other parts.”

The director also brought up the strange juxtaposition of insanely high technology robots, space ships and more with the manual labour that is needed to fix them. The central spaceship of the story, a garbage collector called "The Victory" is laid out in the framework of an ordinary middle-class Korean apartment and people still have to worry about their expenditure, taxes and more. 

Director Cho also added, "Korean films and dramas are in the process of expanding now, and when it becomes more and more familiar (to the world audience) and the Korean language becomes more comfortable, I expect that there will be a lot of new attempts as well as Hollywood.". He also shared that the only hard part about making the movie was just the design. He said, "I spent a lot of time designing to make it look like the real thing, and the process of coming to an agreement was a fun, but painful process."

Finally, when asked about the prospects of a sequel to Space Sweepers, he said, "It hasn't been that long since I've finished my work, and I think I'll have to get out of here to think about the next thing, so I'm not sure yet. However, as a member of the audience, I am curious about the other stories of "Seungriho", and I want to see not only "Seungriho" but also other space science fiction films currently being planned or produced as soon as possible."

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