OFFICER BLACK BELT First Look Teases The Wear And Tear That Comes With The Job As A Martial Arts Cop
Netflix’s K-content announcement is making the rounds these days. Worth spotlighting in my book is Officer Black Belt which comes from “Bloodhounds” shepherd, writer/director Jason Kim and announced last year with actors Kim Woo-bin and Kim Sung-kyun.
The action flick is expected to arrive in the Fall of this year and we now have our first look at the latter cast member in a still from the streamer which you can view below. This one looks like it’s gonna go as hard as the director’s hit show did for sure, or maybe even harder – at least one can hope.
This action-drama film follows the antics of Lee Jung-do, who boasts a 9th degree expertise in taekwondo, kumdo and judo combined, when he lands a job as a martial arts officer electronically monitoring criminals, along with Kim Sun-min, a probation officer who recognizes Jung-do’s crime-detecting abilities and martial arts skills. This is the latest project by director Jason Kim, whose film Midnight Runners painted a witty and suspenseful portrait of youth with its cast of unique characters, followed by his work in the Netflix series Bloodhounds, which reached first place in Netflix’s Global Top 10 TV (Non-English) list.
A martial arts officer protects the safety of civilians by preventing crime and electronically monitoring individuals at a high risk of reoffending. Kim Woo-bin plays Lee Jung-do, a multi talented martial artist who always helps a person in need. Although Jung-do is an ordinary young man who prioritizes fun and happiness, he achieves character growth by dedicating himself to protecting those at risk of crime. Kim Sung-kyun plays Kim Sun-min, a probation officer who offers Jung-do the position of martial arts officer after recognizing his talent and intuition. Kim Sun-min’s sense of duty and expertise and Lee Jeong-do’s martial arts skills and nerves of steel are not all the film has to offer. The biggest reason to anticipate Officer Black Belt is the realistic action, the tension of chasing hard criminals and the delightful synergy between the two leads.
Officer Black Belt hails from Climax Studio and STUDIO706. Check out the still below in full and stay tuned for more info, and hopefully a teaser that continues to bevy up the streamer’s expectations in the 2024 action arena.
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