“A Groundbreaking investigation you’ve never tasted before!”
South Korean film, Extreme Job which was released on the 2019’s Lunar New Year season has reached 12 million viewers on its third week and its popularity keeps rising.
LEE Byeong-heon’s new comedy film had a relatively small budget but unexpectedly accomplished a gargantuan success. Extreme Job is now the most commercially successful Korean comedy of all time.
“Extreme Job” may be able to achieve a box-office threshold of 14 million. Only three South Korean films were able to reach that kind of success so far—”The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds” and “Ode to My Father”.
A team of narcotics detectives goes undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town.
The narcotics team works hard day and night, but their performance remains at an all-time low, leading them to become the ugly duckling of the police department and potentially face dismantlement. Captain KO gets intel about an international drug deal and embarks on a risky undercover mission with his entire team. In order to establish around-the-clock and up-close-and-personal surveillance, the team takes over a rundown chicken joint across the street from the drug gang’s safe house. But things take an unexpected turn when Detective MA’s yet unrevealed culinary talents begins to shine, turning the chicken restaurant famous overnight. Should we chase chickens or criminals?
When customers begin to flock in, undercover work gets pushed to the back burner so the detectives can focus on frying chicken. As a result, the team misses the big drug deal, even though it happens right under their nose. Now, with nowhere to go, the detectives launch a desperate mop-up operation.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Having worked on screenplays of SPEED SCANDAL(2008), SUNNY(2011) and TAZZA-THE HIDDEN CARD(2014), Director LEE Byeong-heon has received much attention for his fresh characters and witty dialogue. He made his directing debut with the independent film CHEER UP MR. LEE(2012) and went on to receive wide recognition with TWENTY(2014), a coming-of-age film about three outrageous youth, and WHAT A MAN WANTS(2017), which tells the story of four rather immature adults searching for loves of their lives.
In EXTREME JOB, Director LEE Byeong-heon tells the story of five narcotics cops who run a fried chicken restaurant by day and an undercover operation by night. The usual but fresh setting coupled with witty dialogue once again proves the director’s comic genius that promises to keep the audiences hooked until the very end. In addition, the fast action and the humanism delivered through the characters promise to make EXTREME JOB a major comedy hit.
WHAT A MAN WANTS(2018) Director/Screenplay adaptation
CHEER UP MR. LEE(2012) Director/Screenplay
BE POSITIVE(2016) Director/Screenplay
PECKISH WOMEN(2013) Director/Screenplay
Screenplay / Adaptation
LOVE+SLING(2017) adaptation, LOVE FORECAST(2014) screenplay,
TAZZA-THE HIDDEN CARD (2014) adaptation, SUNNY(2011) adaptation,
SPEED SCANDAL(2008) adaptation, and more
ABOUT THE FILM
100% FRESH! 100% ADDICTIVE!
DIRECTOR LEE BYEONG-HEON OF TWENTY RETURNS WITH
A CLASSIC COMEDY THAT WILL DOMINATE THE CINEMAS IN 2019
Director LEE Byeong-heon proved himself to be a hit-maker with the comedy TWENTY (2014) that drew 3 million audiences. Now, he returns to the screens with EXTREME JOB that combines his trademark witty banter with the unique idea of using a fried chicken restaurant as the cover for an undercover investigation. EXTREME JOB tells the story of five detectives on the narcotics squad making the last-ditch attempt to bust a crime ring, using a fried chicken joint as the cover, and the consequences that follow when the restaurant gains popularity.
Director LEE Byeong-heon, who worked on the screenplays of SPEED SCANDAL(2008), SUNNY (2011) and TAZZA-THE HIDDEN CARD(2014) and went onto prove his comic genius in directing films such as CHEER UP MR. LEE(2012), TWENTY(2014), and WHAT A MAN WANTS(2017), says that he worked on EXTREME JOB with the motto “laughter brings comfort.”
One and all, the members of the cast heap praise on the film EXTREME JOB. “A unique and whimsical idea, but at the same time it is a story that might be taking place somewhere near you” RYU Seung-yong said. While LEE Hanee described the script as “Full of scenes that will make you laugh aloud throughout the movie,” JIN Sun-kyu describes it as embodiment of “Director LEE’s unique style of comedy.”
“It’s hard to find someone who is always doing well. I think that everyone has something special inside them, and there is a time when that special something shines through,” Director LEE said, hinting at a sense of catharsis EXTREME JOB will deliver.
EXTREME ACTION is a classic comedy that not only delivers action and laughter, but also deals with the hardships ordinary people face every day.
CHARACTERS & CAST #1
THE NARCOTICS SQUAD’S ZOMBIE | ‘CAPTAIN KO’
“FROM TODAY, NOBODY IS GETTING OFF WORK!”
‘Captain KO’ of the narcotics squad takes on every case as if his life depended on it, but his arrest record is dismal. At work, he is always told off by his boss, and at home by his wife. When his narcotics squad faces the possibility of being dissolved, he uses his savings to set up a fried chicken joint as the face for an undercover sting.
RYU Seung-yong, whose performances helped draw more than 10 million viewers to MIRACLE IN CELL NO.7(2012), MASQUERADE(2012) and ROARING CURRENTS(2014), returns to the big screen with EXTREME JOB. As ‘Captain KO,’ the “zombie” of the narcotics squad who does not know how to give up, RYU Seung-yong returns to comedy, ending his hiatus in the genre since MIRACLE IN CELL NO.7 and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE(2012).
“I wanted to deliver comic scenes that could be possible in real life,” RYU Seung-yong said, hinting at the style of comedy he will deliver in EXTREME JOB.
PSYCHOKINESIS(2017), THE SOUND OF A FLOWER(2015), ROARING CURRENTS(2014), THE TARGET(2014), MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7(2012), MASQUERADE(2012), ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (2012), WAR OF THE ARROWS (2011), THE FRONT LINE(2011), BATTLEFIELD HEROES(2010) and more
2013 50th Grand Bell Film Award, Best Actor
2013 49th BaekSang Arts Awards, Grand Prize (Film)
2012 33rd The Blue Dragon Awards, Best Supporting Actor
2012 49th Grand Bell Film Awards, Best Supporting Actor
2011 32nd The Blue Dragon Awards, Best Supporting Actor
CHARACTERS & CAST #2
THE PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE NARCOTICS SQUAD ㅣ ‘DETECTIVE JANG’
“I DON’T CARE! STAY EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE!”
‘Detective JANG’ is a woman of action, with a sharp tongue to match her fists. She is the problem solver of the narcotics squad, and she cares for her team more than anyone else. But even for her, waiting on the tables and dealing with the endless stream of customers is a difficult, even fearsome task.
LEE Hanee is an all-round entertainer who has established her presence across genres and medium, from broadcasting and television dramas to film and stage acting. In EXTREME JOB, she assumes the guise of ‘Detective JANG’ of the narcotics squad, expanding her range to hitherto untried horizons.
“I wanted to spread laughter,” LEE Hanee said about her reason for taking on the role. In the film, her never-before-seen comic side, as well as her capacity for action shines through.
THE BROS(2017), HEART BLACKENED(2017), FABRICATED CITY(2017), SORI: VOICE FROM THE HEART(2015), TAZZA-THE HIDDEN CARD(2014), I AM THE KING(2012), DERANGED(2012)
THE REBEL(TV, 2017), COME BACK MISTER(TV, 2016), SHINE OR GO CRAZY (TV, 2015), MODERN FARMER (TV, 2014) and more
CHARACTERS & CAST #3
THE NARCOTICS SQUAD’S MASTER CHEF | ‘DETECTIVE MA’
“YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO CHOP CHICKEN ALL DAY
WHEN I SHOULD BE HUNTING KILLERS!”
‘Detective MA’ is the team’s troublemaker, who gets into more problems than he solves. He is the son of a famous restaurant owner, and he uses his family’s secret recipe to make the sauce for the chicken joint. The huge popularity of his sauce is an unexpected development for the narcotics squad’s undercover operation. He realizes his hidden talents for cooking, and finds himself doubting his career choice.
JIN Sun-kyu is Chungmuro’s scene-stealer and rising star, who shot to fame with the film THE OUTLAWS(2017). This time around, he has assumed the guise of a hilarious detective, who discovers his hidden talents.
“I wanted to try the comedy genre with LEE Byeong-heon’s unique comedic language,” he said.
THE VILLAGERS(2018), DARK FIGURE OF CRIME(2018), THE OUTLAWS(2017),
THE FORTRESS(2017), THE MERCILESS(2016), THE MAYOR(2016), THE TUNNEL(2016)
SIX FLYING DRAGONS(TV, 2015-2016), GOD OF WAR(TV, 2012) and more
CHARACTERS & CAST #4
THE NARCOTICS SQUAD’S LONELY WATCHMAN | ‘YOUNG-HO’
“WHY, OH WHY IS THE BUSINESS DOING SO WELL!!!”
‘Young-ho’ is the lonely watchman of the narcotics squad. No matter how busy the chicken joint gets, he sits alone in the car, keeping an eye on the criminals’ hideout across the street. It’s up to him to remind his colleagues of their real duty as cops.
LEE Dong-hwi has made deep impressions through past projects such as the drama REPLY 1988(2015-2016) and film THE BROS(2017).
“Sometimes a serious character creates laughter. The irony is that the only person who is serious and trying to do his job is the odd one out,” LEE, who underwent a dramatic transformation to become the stakeout expert of the narcotics squad, said.
THE BROS(2017), ONE-LINE(2016), NEW TRIAL(2016), THE SOUND OF A FLOWER(2015),
THE BEAUTY INSIDE(2015), TAZZA-THE HIDDEN CARD(2014),
RADIANT OFFICE (TV, 2017), ENTOURAGE (TV, 2016), REPLY 1988(TV, 2015) and more
CHARACTERS & CAST #5
THE NARCOTICS SQUAD’S EXPLOSIVE PASSION | ‘JAE-HOON’
“CAN WE FIGHT NOW? LIKE REAL COPS!”
‘Jae-hoon’ is the rookie of the narcotics squad with no experience, but bursting with passion. His passion sometimes proves even more dangerous than the criminals, and often puts the narcotics squad in difficult situations. ‘Jae-hoon’ has complete faith in ‘Chief KO,’ and takes on the undercover operation with his usual passionate approach. As he battles mountains of onions and garlic, an opportunity to fight crime like a real cop presents itself.
Gong-myoung has won over the hearts of many female fans with his loveable charm and good looks. Gong-myoung, who has been expanding his spectrum through television dramas and independent films, is making his debut in a commercial film with EXTREME JOB.
“I was drawn by the character’s passion, and the way he tries too hard and ends up making mistakes,” Gong-myoung, who took on the role with as much passion as his character, said.
SU SAEK (2014), A GIRL AT MY DOOR (2014), FUTURELESS THINGS (2014)
FEEL GOOD TO DIE (TV, 2018), REVOLUTIONARY LOVE (TV, 2017),
THE BRIDE OF HABAEK (TV, 2017), DRINKING SOLO (TV, 2016) and more
CJ ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS AN ABOUT FILM PRODUCTION
IN ASSOCIATION WITH HAEGRIMM PICTURES AND CJ ENTERTAINMENT
A LEE BYEONG-HEON FILM “EXTREME JOB”
RYU SEUNG-YONG LEE HANEE JIN SUN-KYU LEE DONG-HWI GONG-MYOUNG
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY NHO SEUNG-BO
GAFFER PARK SUNG-CHAN
PRODUCTION DESIGNER LEE JONG-GUN
MUSIC BY KIM TAE-SEONG
EDITED BY NAM NA-YOUNG
STUNT COORDINATORS HEO MYEONG-HAENG JEON JAE-HYUNG
COSTUME DESIGNER CHOI EUI-YOUNG
MAKE-UP & HAIR DESIGNER SEONG SO-WON
SPECIAL EFFECT BY YOON DAE-WON
VISUAL EFFECTS BY KIM DAE-JUN KIM KYOUNG-NAM
SOUND DESIGN BY LEE SUNG-JUNE
SOUND RECORDING ON SE-WOONG
DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE KIM YEOL-HOE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER HEO MIN-HEOI
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MIKE IM
PRODUCED BY KIM SUNG-HWAN
CO-PRODUCED BY MO SUNG-JIN KIM MI-HYE KIM KWON-SIK
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS LEE JONG-SEOK KO DAE-SEOK
CO-ASSOCIATE PRODUCER EDDIE MIN
WRITTEN BY MOON CHOONG-IL
ADAPTED BY BAE SE-YOUNG HUH DAH-JOONG LEE BYEONG-HEON
DIRECTED BY LEE BYEONG-HEON ⓒ 2019 CJ ENM CORPORATION, HAEGRIMM PICTURES. CO., Ltd ALL RIGHTS RESERVED