Based on actual reports filed, the upcoming Korean thriller “Target” is a cautionary thriller from real life experiences of buyers who fell prey to scams of organized online crimes and the terrifying possibilities of the encounter.  

"Target" poster
“Target” poster Encore Films

The movie focuses on the current social phenomenon of second-hand deals fraud, and its director Park Hee-kon wanted to tell a story where the reality is the movie.  To achieve its realistic impression on the audience, the director met with various police officers and detectives to learn about the process of arresting criminals and the difficulties they faced in the process.

“Target” features Shin Hye-sun in the lead role along with Kim Sung-kyun and Kang Tae-oh, Korean stars who have gained global following and acclaim for their roles in popular K-dramas. 

Shin Hye-sun, the movie’s lead star, has proven her versatility in various genres in dramas such as “Collectors,” “Mr. Queen,” and “Still 17.”  Hye-sun as Soo-hyun in the movie is the protagonist who becomes the target after purchasing a defective second-hand washing machine.  She immerses the audience by expressing Soo-hyun’s emotions as she goes from an ordinary office worker to the target of a killer whose life falls apart as she is anonymously threatened. 

Shin Hye-sun in "Target"
Shin Hye-sun’s character falls prey to a scammer in “Target.” Encore Films

From the anger of being scammed in a used item purchase to the fear that someone is watching her every move and the despair of not being able to escape the criminal’s watch, Shin Hye-sun delicately expresses the various emotions with a three-dimensional and compelling performance. Portraying not just a victim who is unconditionally targeted but a woman who takes action to find the culprit, she leads the audience with her intense performance. 

“When something like this happens, there must be people who want to solve the problem in the same way. I could really identify with the main character who struggles to deal with it. And the atmosphere created by the art and props set up in Soo-hyun’s house, helped me get into my role,” shares Shin Hye-sun.

Kim Sung-kyun in "Target"
Kim Sung-kyun is a veteran detective in “Target.” Encore Films

Fresh from the success of “Moving,” actor Kim Sung-kyun — also known for his character in the iconic “Reply 1988” — takes on the role of veteran detective Joo in “Target” as part of the cybercrime unit who is tasked to investigate the case.  While routinely dealing with hundreds of online crimes daily, he is assigned to investigate Soo-hyun’s case but soon finds himself in unsettling situations while solving the crime.

“It was very refreshing to read a piece that portrayed reality in an era where we have become numb to exchanging personal information,” says Sung-kyun of his latest movie. 

Kang Tae-oh in "Target"
Kang Tae-oh plays the role of a junior detective in “Target.” Encore Films

Kang Tae-oh, who gained attention for his role in the drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” takes on the role of junior detective Na, who doesn’t miss a trace. Na is a rookie who is overwhelmed by the hundreds of cases he handles every day but still approaches each case with enthusiasm.  

“The movie felt so realistic because it was based on used goods deals that are easily available to everyone. While reading the scenario, I could relate to it and became worried,” Tae-oh says, expressing high empathy and satisfaction with the film’s realistic setting.

Check your favorite local cinemas for online ticket purchase of “Target,” which is set to open on October 18.  “Target” is from Encore Films Philippines, to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Watch the trailer of “Target” below:

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