The Terror Live (Deu tae-ro ra-i-beu) South Korean independent non-stop thriller film, produced by Lee Chun-yeon and Chun Roy-kyoung - a directorial-debut by Kim Byeong-woo. Starring Ha Jung-woo, Lee Kyung-young and Jeon Hye-jin. Film was shown at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Byun Bong-sun handled the work of cinematography, whereas editing work was done by Kim Chang-ju. Lee Ju-no's suitable music-score does the justice with its plot. The Terror Live was made on mere budget of $15,000. Film's climax CGI-use is outstandingly praiseworthy, just because it is so stunning for a film made within limited budget.
Ha is an attitude-owning radio presenter, he was demoted from the job of anchorman. A recently divorced, with his ex-spouse also works at the network as a reporter. Ha receives a call during his on air show, a man who claims that he is going to blow up bridge outside his office. Ha treats the call as just a prank-call and hangs up - but the technicians inform him that call is unable to be disconnected. This caller intercepts his conversation with another caller and threatens Ha that he is going to blow up bridge - Ha asks him to go ahead (believing it's just a prank-call). The next moment a huge explosion is heard outside, shaking the network building. Ha reaches out to his boss Lee Kyung-young via phone and informs him about the incident. Impressed with his job at recording conversation of the terrorist; who has also mentioned his interest in talking only with Ha. Ha trades with his boss to revert his seat to anchorman-ship from radio-presenter, and in return he would continue to engage the terrorists to get tv-ratings. Ha re-connects with the terrorist, who asks Ha to wire-transfer amount of money in his account (bank-account number displays on phone-lcd) for the kind of valuable coverage they are going to do. Before Ha could negotiate with him, Lee already does away with wire-transferring of money. The terrorist demands that the country president should go live on television, and offer apology in front of the nation - for his government's negligence which cost lives of three of his friends on the bridge (that he earlier blew up). Film proceeds to events in which;
Ha is trapped at news-desk with an earphone as tiny bomb - live death of Chief Commissioner of Police, and an anchorwoman - live exposing of bribery by the commissioner and later Ha (himself) - trapped civilians on titled bridge - rapid investigation launched by law agencies. This terrorist only wants Ha to convey his message for because he had been listening to all of television shows when Ha was an anchorman.
Here is a perfect example of filmmaking. A film which is without marketing benefits and yet reached its potential admirers as far as Pakistan or the US. Convincing ideas are required to engage the audience with the storytelling, especially when the story is encapsulated inside a compound newsroom.
Ha Jung-woo wins the show; and not just in this film, I see him as brilliant actor to have stepped out. He portrays different emotions spontaneously. He becomes frustrated with his boss's continual posting of questionnaires to be asked from the terrorist - at the same time lady detective also keeps bugging him to lie to terrorist about president, about to come live - disclosing of Ha's past bribes and stealing of wife's tapes - his impatience with the terrorist - and re-emergence of lost-consciousness, feeling sorry about survivors on titled bridge.
Different movies have taught us about to what degree television networks may go to achieve their ratings (required rating 70%) - but based experience of number of movies that I have watched on the subject this modern approach is far excellent and capable of attracting people of all ages. This is essentially one of the best South Korean non-stop thriller that I have watched since 2011.