Crime-Action Series ‘Big Bet’ Confirms A Season 2 in 2023

2022 has been a terrific year of K-drama releases and it seems like avid K-drama fans can look forward to end their year with yet another thrilling, nerve-racking, and nail-bitting crime-action series.

Big Bet, directed and written by Kang Yoon-sung, is a drama that revolves around a risk-taking and reputed self-made Casino King, Cha Mu-sik (played by Choi Min-sik) in the Philippines, who after being tangled in an intricate murder case tries to find his reputed place back in the game. Detective Oh Seung-hoon (played by Son Sukku) who is dispatched to the police desk in the Philippines tries to solve this murder case while chasing after Mu-sik. Jeong-pal, the loyal right-hand man of Mu-sik, is played by Lee Dong-hwi.

Joined by versatile names in the K-industry, Big Bet also stars Heo Sung-tae (Squid Game; The Silent Sea), Kim Joo-ryeong (Squid Game), Jin Sun-kyu (The Outlaws; Extreme Job), Son Eun-seo (Voice S1-4), and more.

During the drama press conference on Wednesday (Dec 14), the actors gave a glimpse into their characters and shared the bond they formed with the role they are playing and the circumstances they experienced during filming. Veteran actor Choi Min-sik, who has been away from the TV scene for 25 years, remarked that it didn’t feel like he took a long time off the screen since the scenes were realistic and the actors portrayed near-to-reality emotions while shooting. For him, it was challenging yet fun to play the role of Mu-sik.

Lee Dong-hwi, who plays the right-hand man of Mu-sik, further elaborated about the realistic scenes, “This show provides a lot of food for thought. I constantly deliberated what choices I would have made if I was in Jeong-pal’s shoes. As he (Jeong-pal) encounters many situations, I try to portray the circumstances with a sense of realism.”

For characterization, the actor revealed that he focused on visuals to portray a mature-looking personality that would fit the character.

Describing the experience on working with Choi Min-sik on set, Son Sukku has got nothing but only praises to share, “It was a whole new experience for me. I was in awe and have total respect for him.”

Both characters worked in close proximity throughout the drama and Son shared that Choi’s acting was so real and natural that it didn’t feel like those scenes were acted out.

Although most part of the scenes were filmed in the Philippines, Director Kang further shared that he focused on highlighting the realism and production in the series, which is something that viewers can look out for while watching the drama.

Big Bet premieres on Dec 21 and is now streaming on Disney+. The series will return for a Season 2 at the beginning of 2023 after airing 8 episodes for its first season.

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[K-Movie] Don Lee and Son Sukku Return with The Highly Anticipated Sequel, ‘THE ROUNDUP’

Don Lee is back as the beast cop in THE ROUNDUP, a sequel to the 2017 box office hit The Outlaws. Five years on, he will once again play the role of Ma Seok-do, the no holds barred cop who stops at nothing to catch criminals.

Following the huge success of the 2017 movie which surpassed over 6.88 million admissions and is one of the top 3 best-performing crime action films in Korean cinema history, this highly anticipated sequel is definitely one to watch out for in 2022.

Along with Ma Seok-do who’s leading the charge to get rid of vicious criminals that threaten the lives of a peaceful district in Seoul, his Major Crimes Unit will join him in this film to apprehend yet another psychotic killer.

Returning as the same roles in the Major Crimes Unit are actors Choi Guy-hwa (Capt. Jeon), Heo Dong-won (Oh Dong-gyun) and Ha Joon (Kang Hong-seok), as well as Jung Jae-kwang who plays rookie Kim Sang-hoon. One of the film’s most memorable characters, Jang Isu of the Isu Clan, will be played by actor Park Ji-hwan who’s a major scene stealer in The Outlaws.

Actor Son Sukku, who has left a deep impression on the audience in the first series, will return as the vicious villain Kang Hae-sang, who preys on helpless tourists and isn’t afraid of killing off anyone he deems useless.

With THE ROUNDUP achieving the highest box office reservations record for a Korean film in the past three years, the sequel promises to surpass the original film with incredible action that only this franchise can pull off.

“You can fully expect upgraded action and Ma’s comedic chops in this sequel,” said director Lee Sang-yong.

Movie Synopsis:
“You feeling it? We have to get this guy”

4 years after the events of Garibong district round up operation, Geumcheon Police’s Major Crimes Unit is given a mission to repatriate a fugitive who fled to Vietnam. Beast cop Ma Seok-do (Don Lee) and Capt. Jeon Il-man (Choi Guy-hwa) intuitively realize that there’s something wrong with the suspect’s willingness to turn himself in and uncover crimes committed by a terrifying killer named Kang Hae-sang (Son Sukku). Ma and his unit begin their investigation across two countries and follow the bloody breadcrumbs left behind by Kang…

Genre: Comedy, Action
Cast: Don Lee, Son Sukku, Choi Guy-hwa, Park Ji-hwan
Directed by: Lee Sang-yong
Singapore Release Date: 26 May 2022
Runtime: 105 minutes

(Movie Stills: Golden Village)