Action Boys

Synopsis: A documentary on five young wannabe stuntmen working in the South Korean film industry.
Genre: Documentary
101 min

1980. Byung-gil joins family

as their younger son.

1988, year of the Seoul Olympics.

His dream, becoming a soccer player.

Later, he finds out Korea has never

won a gold Olympic medal in soccer.

He changes course to wrestling

for they have won many medals.

1990. He is recruited by a school

due to his amazing talent.

But upon seeing his coach's

crushed ears, he quits.

1991. He suffers for nearly a year

from nightmares where

his ears are totally crushed.

By chance, he sees Van Gogh's

self-portrait minus an ear.

The nightmares magically disappear.

He decides to become a painter.

Winter, 1996.

He enters Anyang Art High School

as an art major.

But girlfriend, Kanghee Choi,

is not accepted by the school.

Attending different schools

eventually leads to break-up.

However, Byung-gil doesn't mind.

Of the 50 art student majors,

he is the sole male.

Even his homeroom teacher

is a woman.

He thinks his fellow art majors

will all fall in love with him.

But the only one who loves him...

is his homeroom teacher.

1997. He is

the younger boyfriend of

the kindhearted Yonhwa Lee,

a high school senior.

1998. The kindhearted Yonhwa enters

Hongik University, a top art school.

And she dumps him.

But he doesn't mind.

With his genius talent,

he will easily get into Hongik

next year and be reunited with her.

1999. He is... rejected

by Hongik University.

Life is like... sh*t.

2000. Second attempt at Hongik.

As luck would have it...

Rejected again.

With his amazing talent,

he makes a living painting

movie billboards for theaters.

But shortly after,

theaters start using

lifelike prints instead.

2001. In search of

spiritual enlightenment,

he coops up at home watching videos

and teaches himself filmmaking.

His hero is now Stephen Chow.

His dream, to become

an actorldirector like his hero.

But he falls into despair when called

up for his mandatory military duty.


But he falls into despair when called

up for his mandatory military duty.

2004. He is discharged from the army.

For the next 3 months,

he watches 7 videos a day.

Then one day...

He goes to return a video when

the nosy part-time clerk

grabs his hand

and looks at him with pity.

Excuse me...

You don't have a job, right?

I know of a factory job

that offers room and board.

Her blunt words are like

a dagger thrust into his heart.

Byung-gil immediately

applies to stunt school.

No more an impotent daydreamer,

he is reborn a man of action.

Hello everyone!

I am Byung-gil Jung, age 25.

What sports can you do?

Give us a small demonstration.

On that day, he is accepted

on his big mouth alone.

He loses 30 lbs during the

6-month training course.

And finally starts looking like

a human being.

He is also presented with

the chance to make a film.


Seoul Action Stunt School, 2004

In 2004, at the 8th year audition,

36 guys made the cut.

But the vomit-inducing,

murderous training

has 17 of them dropping out

in less than a month.

A month before graduation.

Only 14 remain out of pure grit.

Of course,

there always some freaks.

The last group trip of

the last 14 survivors.

After this trip, they plan to shoot

a film to showcase the stunts

they've learned through risk

and grit for the past 6 months.

I look good, huh?

Stop shooting already!

Director Byung-gil JUNG

The director was Byung-gil.

Having penned the script himself,

he wrote himself as the hero.

As if he were Stephen Chow.

Stunt director Kyung-tae KIM

Stunt director Kyung-tae Kim.

A former member of the

707th Special Missions Battalion.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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