“Concrete Utopia” (literal title) is mildly based on the second part of the hit webtoon “Joyful Outcasts” and it revolves around the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake. The plot will start from when the survivors gather at Hwang Goong Apartments that happens to be the only building standing, post the earthquake. The filming officially started today, April 16, and the producers celebrated the occasion by revealing photographs from the cast’s first table read.
Lee Byung Hun will take up the role of Young Tak, temporary leader of the surviving residents. He is described as a fearless person who is willing to do anything to protect his residents from the outsiders, irrespective of the bottlenecks that may come. The excited actor said, “I’m excited and looking forward to working with director Um Tae Hwa and most of the cast, including Park Seo Joon and Park Bo Young, for the first time.” Park Seo Joon will play Min Sung, a hardworking civil servant who is now Young Tak’s assistant.
Min Sung is also described as a devoted husband, who after encountering a number of bottlenecks has grown bolder. He said “I’m excited to be taking on the challenge of a new genre. I was drawn to the changes in Min Sung’s emotions over the course of the incidents that take place within the space of Hwang Goong Apartments, among the people that live there.”
Park Bo Young play’s Min Sung’s wife Myung Hwa, a nurse who is able to remain calm in even the most pressuring of situations. She’s warm-hearted and takes care of the injured. The actress said, “I’m delighted to be a part of ‘Concrete Utopia,’ and I’ll work hard during filming. The atmosphere during the script reading was lively and overflowing with energy, to the point where I could clearly feel each character that I read in the script come to life. I’m looking forward to filming, and I’m excited and looking forward to working with such great actors. I think I’ll be able to learn a lot on set, and I’ve made up my mind to work harder in my preparations so that I can do a good job portraying my character in the film.”