“Start-Up” is a 2019 film based on a popular webtoon of the same name, and it is regarded as a good representation of the original’s characters. While the characteristics of each character remain the same, the plot’s atmosphere has changed.
The original webtoon focuses on teenagers who encounter and grow from society’s negative aspects. On the other hand, the film has a strong comedic bent that will appeal to all members of the family. Let’s take a look at what has changed during the drama adaptation of the webtoon.
1. The personalities of Go Taek-Il and Woo Sang-Pil changed.
In the webtoon, Go Taek-Il (Park Jung-Min) and Woo Sang-Pil (Jung Hae-In) appear in the first episode as bullies who beat the children and steal their money. They are frequently involved in fights in their town.
Go Taek-Il and Woo Sang-Pil are not as bad in the film “Start-Up” as they were in the original story. They ride motorcycles, smoke cigarettes, and frequently use bad language, but they have good hearts as well. Woo Sang-Pil, for example, looks for work to support his dementia-stricken grandmother.
2. The original story explains what happened to So Kyung-Joo.
The webtoon explains how So Kyung-Joo (Choi Sung-Eun) became homeless.
So Kyung-Joo sits down with Go Taek-Il and tells him about her background. She was living in a boxing gym run by a friend of her late father’s. The director sexually harassed her in the gym, so she escaped. She later returns to the gym with Go Taek-Il to exact revenge, but she fails.
In the film, while So Kyung-Joo’s appearance and characteristics are very similar to those in the webtoon, her story is not told.
3. The background of Geo-Seok prior to working in a Chinese restaurant has been omitted.
The webtoon follows Geo-Seok (Ma Dong-Seok) before he begins working for President Gong. Geo-Seok was a gangster who was frequently involved in fights with other gangs. He is injured after a fight one day, and he happens to pass by a Chinese restaurant. Geo-Seok slams and smashes the restaurant door. Then he threatens President Gong, saying that he needs alcohol and medicine.
When Geo-Seok returns to the restaurant the next day, he discovers President Gong attempting suicide as a result of his grief over his daughter’s death. Goo-Seok slaps President Gong, causing him to pass out.
The background story of Geo-Seok has been omitted in the film “Start-Up.” Geo-Seok enters the Chinese restaurant while injured, and sees President Gong attempting to hang himself. Geo-Seok rescues him by cutting the rope with his knife. He later works in the restaurant with President Gong, where he appears to become an unusually powerful chef.
The movie “Start-Up,” based on the popular webtoon, is a light comedy that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. “Start-Up” is now available on Amazon Prime Video.