As of June 11th, the 25th day of its release, “The Roundup” had attracted more than 10 million viewers in Korean theaters. Movies with over 10 million viewers are considered mega-hits in Korea’s film industry. The last film to achieve the same feat was “Parasite,” the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or three years ago.
“The Roundup” is the second film in the “The Outlaws” series, and it was released in Korean theaters titled “The Outlaws 2.” Ma Dong-Seok, the series’ actor and producer, stated that he had already planned eight different stories for the series before the first film was released. According to him, the series revolves around detective Ma Seok-Do and his team getting involved in a different case and fighting against a different villain in each film.
The first film’s villain, Jang Chen, is a brutal leader of a Chinese gang. Kang Hae-Sang, the villain in the second film, “The Roundup,” murders Korean citizens and extorts money from them in Vietnam. Who will play the villain in the third installment of the series?
Lee Joon-Hyuk, who’s known for his role in “Stranger,” has been cast as the new main villain in the third film. In the new movie, detective Ma-Suk-Do’s team attempts to stop drug-related crimes in the city of Incheon. Lee Joon-Hyuk plays the villain named Joo Sung-Chul, who may be the drug cartel’s leader.
Munetaka Aoki, a Japanese actor, co-stars with Lee Joon-Hyuk in the film. This suggests that Japanese gangs may be involved in drug trafficking.
The next film will not feature actor Choi Gwi-Hwa, who played Ma Seok-Do’s boss and closest friend, Jeon-Il-Man. Although he may appear briefly, he is not officially cast in the role. The audience anticipates that he has been promoted and is no longer a member of the team dealing with violent crime.
Park Ji-Hwan, who played Jang I-Soo, will reprise his role in the next film. The audience anticipates him performing another amusing act, as he did in the first and second films.
Although the official English title has not yet been released, production on “The Outlaws 3” has already begun. As the filming will begin in late June 2022, it is expected to be released in the next few years.