Monday, June 19, 2023

‘Bloodhounds’ promises nail-biting fight scenes and a friendship like no other

When good goes head-to-head with evil, everyone loves an epic showdown. The trailer for upcoming action series Bloodhounds offers a peek into the exhilarating combat that unfolds when two rookie boxers find themselves throwing punches outside the ring in a fight for justice.

From rivals to allies, bromances to brutal battles; Bloodhounds follows the journey of two young boxers, Bloodhounds is written and directed by Jason Kim and adapted from a webtoon by Jung Chan. Premiering on June 9, the eight episodes of Bloodhounds centres on boxing to deliver a powerful and fast-paced narrative. It promises to deliver a series of thrilling fight scenes that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. But more than just a nail-biting showdown between good and evil, it is a story of two loyal friends—and the lengths they would go to protect those they love.

“Powerful hits are crucial in creating an action series with a fast tempo," said director Jason Kim, known for his work on action hits like Midnight Runners and The Divine Fury. "The action scenes in this series are five times more intense than those in Midnight Runners."

To Kim, the keyword is authenticity as he ensured that no shortcuts were taken both on and off set. The result: an eight-episode series that pulls no punches, as revealed in an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette. To make it even more realistic, the actors went through intensive training to prepare for their roles.

The story revolved around an up-and-coming boxer Gun-woo (Woo Do-hwan) and fellow competitor Woo-jin (Lee Sang-yi) who after meeting at the finals of a boxing championship, forge a friendship that is cemented by their shared experience in the gruelling Marine Corps. Their newfound brotherhood is taken up a notch when scheming loan sharks from Smile Capital trick Gun-woo’s mother into debt and trash her café, spurring Woo-jin to help avenge her.

With the help of President Choi (Huh Joon-ho), a retired legend in the moneylending industry, Gun-woo and Woo-jin take their boxing chops into the real world to take down Smile Capital’s cruel head honcho, Kim Myeong-gil (Park Sung-woong), and his ruthless runners.

While the pair of “brothers”' may only be rookie boxers, the grit and determination these underdogs honed inside the fight ring could prove to be the game-changer in their bloody battle. Just like bloodhounds, once they bite down, they never let go.

Woo, who portrays rookie boxer Kim Gun-woo, prepared his own meals every day and tried to eat four meals a day. "I trained extensively before and after filming, gaining about 10kg,” he explained. “I believe viewers will notice the changes in my physique throughout the series."

For Lee, Bloodhounds marks his first foray into the action genre. Playing southpaw (left-handed) boxer Hong Woo-jin, he trained extensively for his left-handed stance, and followed a strict diet of brown rice, chicken breast, sriracha sauce and zero-sugar soda. "I never went to the gym so diligently in my life until now," he enthused. "I felt as if I had become an athlete.”

Beyond the adrenaline-pumping action, Bloodhounds showcases the chemistry between the two main characters, mirroring their off-screen friendship. “We are closer than real siblings. I really count on him,” said Woo.

The hard work invested in the production shines through in the series' physical and emotional peaks. One standout moment, cherished by stunt choreographer Park Young-sik, is a nail-biting showdown between the two protagonists and one of the show's primary adversaries.

"The scene where Gun-woo and Woo-jin fight against In-beom, two against one, for the first time is the most representative scene in Bloodhounds,” explained Park. “We designed the combat sequence, focusing on the story of two youths combining forces to conquer an insurmountable obstacle.”

Stay tuned for more such updates as you catch the action on ‘Bloodhounds’ only on Netflix.

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