[Road No. 1]
Highlights of Road No. 1!
30, 2010 9:29 AM
Airtime: Wed, Thu,
A friendship and love that blossoms 60 years later
Five highlights of the
MBC Special Feature “Road No. 1”
that are as fiery as the battle!
As shown in the show teaser of “Road No. 1”, the drama interweaves the romance
plot in the backdrop of the Korean War, portraying the deep emotions of the
characters from different angles. The main cast members said, “Shooting the
romantic scenes was as tough as the battle scenes.” Romance will be a mainstay
in the storyline. After Soo-yeon (actress Kim Ha-neul) flees to the South when
the war breaks out, Jang-woo (actor So Ji-seob) stays behind with his unit to
fight and protect his hometown. In episode 4, he is sent to Busan where he is
reunited with Soo-yeon. But Tae-ho (actor Yoon Kye-sang) is also in Busan and
they run from him when he follows them in the streets. There will be an intense
kissing scene and erotic scene between the two lovers. As the emotions between
Jang-woo and Soo-yeon become more intense, Tae-ho’s jealousy also intensifies
and his longing for Soo-yeon grows.
A story of friendship and reconciliation between So Ji-seob and Yoon Kye-sang’s
Not only will romance be a key story element in “Road No. 1” but the story of
the reluctant friendship between Jang-woo and Tae-ho will also play a big part
in the drama. Tae-ho is overcome with rage that Jang-woo’s reappearance has
swayed Soo-yeon’s heart, causing an intense jealousy. In the battlefield, he
feels inferior to Jang-woo’s skills as a soldier that is drawn from his combat
experience. But as the war goes on, Jang-woo and Tae-ho develop a strong bond.
They begin as rivals but later become close combat companions, showing how a
friendship between men is stronger than a blood relationship. The changing
emotions towards each other will be shown to viewers and the camaraderie shared
in Unit 2 will be heartwarming to watch.
Dabudong, urban combat, Pyongyang Battle, battlefield bombings
Realistic battle scenes!
The battle scenes shown in episode 1 and 2 of “Road No. 1” were just a glimpse
of what awaits in the following episodes. The executive producer of the show
says, “The battle scenes that viewers have seen so far is just a taste of what’s
coming ahead. Most of the battles will focus on how the soldiers of Unit 2
navigate the battle as they form their combat strategies. There will be a lot
of drama and action.” The film-like visuals and realistic battle scenes will
mesmerize viewers. From the battle in the valley in episode 3 to the fierce
Battle of Dabudong, many epic battles in the Korean War will transport viewers
to the battlefield. The Tochika attack, March into Pyongyang, battlefield
bombings and other riveting scenes will be shown in upcoming episodes.
Heartwarming scenes and touching stories among the members of Unit 2!
The characters played by actors So Ji-seob, Kim Ha-neul, and Yoon Kye-sang are
supported by actors Choi Min-soo and Sohn Chang-min in the first two episodes
of “Road No. 1” but in upcoming episodes, many more characters and their
stories will be introduced. The sad stories of the soldiers and how they joined
the war effort will expand the plots in the storyline. Soldier Jo In-jae (actor
Lee Jin-seong) has a sister who is in North Korea while Park Dal-moon (actor
Min Bok-ki) was called up for duty without being able to say good-bye to his
wife. Then there is Kwon Jin-cheol (actor Lee Gwan-hoon) who lost many close
friends and found himself caught up in the war and fighting for one side in a
divided country. Their stories will touch the hearts of viewers. There will be
acts of sacrifice amidst the war and strong bonds between soldiers who will
give their life for one another. The human toll and suffering will sufficiently
convey the tragedies wrought by the war. Besides the soldiers of Unit 2, actors
Nam Bo-ra, Kim Ji-woo, Julian Kang will have supporting roles in the drama. Oh
Man-seok, Kim Yeo-jin, Hwang Bora, and Lee Cheon-hee will make cameo
appearances in several episodes, too.
Stylish cinematic visuals
Critics have raved about the cinematic visuals shown in the battle scenes of
“Road No. 1.” Slow-motion imagery, slow shutter speeds and multiple camera
angles heighten the intensity of a battle scene by capture every exploding
shrapnel and water droplet with hyperrealism. Koh Gyeong-min, the visual
supervisor for “Road No. 1,” says, “Using multiple camera angles helps us
capture the live action with an element of realism. Thus, we were able to
achieve a film look.” Furthermore, DI color correction is used in every scene
along with CG treatment to create a cinematic look. CG plays a big role in
“Road No. 1” to polish battle scene and create stunning background images.