Lee Myungse’s films include Gagman (1989), My Love, My Bride (1990), First Love (1993), Bitter and Sweet (1995), Their Last Love Affair (1996), Nowhere to Hide (1999), Duelist (2005), M (2007), and Can’t Live Without You (2017).
Kang Moonseok is executive producer with Cicada I Remember, with film credits including The Last Dining Table (Roh Gyeong-tae, 2006), July 32nd (Jin Seung-hyeun, 2010), Miss Staff Sergeant (Jo Myeong-nam, 2010), I am a Dad (Lee Se-young, Jeon Man-bae, 2010), and A Dynamite Family (Jeon Hyung-jun, 2014).
Lim Wontaek, producer with Production M, has film credits including Take Care (2016), Can’t Live Without You (Lee Myungse, 2017), and The Blind Painter (Bansuk Wolf, 2019).
Cicada I Remember has produced films such as The Last Dining Table (Roh Gyeong-tae, 2006), July 32nd (Jin Seung-hyeun, 2010), Miss Staff Sergeant (Jo Myeong-nam, 2010), I am a Dad (Lee Se-young, Jeon Man-bae, 2010), and A Dynamite Family (Jeon Hyung-jun, 2014).
Production M has produced Duelist (Lee Myungse, 2005), M (Lee Myungse, 2007), Can’t Live Without You (Lee Myungse, 2017), and The Blind Painter (Bansuk Wolf, 2019).
Located in a port city, are two legendary crime squad detectives - Detective Kim, nicknamed “Mutt”; irrespective of size, once he bites, he never lets go of any criminal, but his legendary days are behind him; and his partner, Detective Woo, nicknamed “One Punch”; pretty looking yet with infamously violent fists, who believes in the motto, “a judge makes judgements, an attorney makes excuses, and a detective catches criminals, no matter what!” Living on a low income, Kim invests his wife’s money in stocks hoping to buy a house, but loses everything. Even worse, his wife has won the rights to buy a Newtown apartment, which is more difficult than winning the lottery, and Kim needs money right away. During the 2002 Korea - Japan World Cup season, an emergency order is issued to the national police. While Kim and Woo are cracking down on drugs, they accidentally stumble upon evidence of a diamond trafficking gang, but the gang has a perfect front as a legitimate trading company, and Kim and Woo are unable to bust them. Detective Kim, in urgent need of money, decides not to arrest the diamond traffickers, but to rob them. Woo agrees to join Kim on the job. Though the gang’s crimes are obvious, the detectives don’t have the evidence they need, and intend for their robbery to expose the organization. But the diamond theft fails and the two detectives are in danger of being falsely accused of robbery and murder. Their last chance is to confront the diamond traffickers and take them down by whatever means.
Nowhere to Hide (1999) was originally planned as a trilogy. The first movie was to be called Police, and would describe the process of turning a rural police officer into a crime squad detective. The second movie was Nowhere to Hide (1999), which has already been made. The idea for the third film became Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho, 2003), which has also been made. I had long planned a sequel to Nowhere to Hide (1999) at some point, but when I heard that my original ideas had already been adapted or were in post-production, I was ready to give up. That was until I found the book, 무심한듯 시크하게 (Cool and Indifferent: the Era of Crime) by Han Sang-un. The first volume of the book is about a drug case, whereas the latter volume is about diamonds. Drug stories are common in film, so they are believable to an audience, yet they are also overused. On the other hand, a diamond heist story is not so familiar and has the advantage of freshness. Detective stories are traditionally a formula for box office success, but although the story follows the detective box office formula, I was much more attracted by the characters, who are not so different from everyday people like ourselves, rather than the cliched portrayal of detectives with a strong sense of justice which is typical. These characters would be called post-modernist in literary terms, and the film combines modern and traditional action sensibilities. Among popular terminology nowadays is the word ‘New-tro’; meaning to enjoy the retro quality of something but in a new way. This will be a new-tro style action crime film.