Other titles: R2B: Return to Base, R2B: Riteontu Beyiseu, R2B: 리턴투베이스
Rated: (no info)
Genre: Action, drama, comedy
Subtitles: English, Chinese
Cast: Rain, Shin Se-kyung, Yoo Jun-sang, Lee Ha-na, Lee Jong-suk, Jeong Seok-won
Director: Kim Dong-won
Synopsis: “After he performs a dangerous dare-devil stunt at an air show, South Korean Air Force pilot Tae-hun is kicked out of the elite Black Eagles flying team and transferred to a combat unit where he immediately comes into conflict with ace pilot Cheol-hui. He makes friends with the other pilots in the unit and falls in love with the beautiful Se-young, who is in charge of maintenance. When a North Korean MIG fighter threatens, the group engages in a gripping dogfight that leaves one comrade dead and another missing. Cheol-hui and Tae-hun join forces to rescue their missing friend and prevent a catastrophic war” (isilvalie, IMDB).
Verdict: A Top Gun (1986) ripoff with predictable Korean slapstick humour, poor excuse for drama and plenty of corny slow motion sequences. Commendable air combat action but it’s ridiculous how a simple no-brainer plot (with North Korea as the bad guys, they always are) could still have so many flaws. There are even scenes that look like advertisements for their very
notable sponsors (the bike, the phones, the camera, Chivas, etc). Soar into the Sun is only recommended for the fans of Rain and Shin Se Kyung, and to those who has never heard of Top Gun.
Second opinion: “Uninteresting and unexciting” (Iris Loong).
Did you know… that this is actually a remake of a 1964 Korean film called “Red Scarf“? I really wonder how that one was.
Rating: 1 / 5
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Unrealistic incompetency of the South Korean Air Force: There seems to be only two good fighter aircraft pilots in the whole of South Korea in the movie. Conveniently for the sake of creating a bit of drama, some of the key pilots here have a major problem with ejecting themselves from an inevitably crashing plane. They have one who can’t eject himself because he faints and two who refuse to do so even when there’s ample time and completely no chance of preventing the jet from crashing. Can’t they find a better excuse for tragedy in the story? Now back to the pilot who faints while flying (but doesn’t faint in the line of fire on land even after getting shot in the process). How in the world of K-pop did this fellow get to qualify to be a pilot for the Air Force? Viewers will get an answer to this at the ending. The leader of the Air Force is someone who would risk a nuclear warfare just to save the one idiot who fainted and would allow a pilot to fly without ordering the person to be tested first.
What a bullshit ending! The hero (Rain) predictably does his fly-straight-up-then-falling-with-engines-off trick again to dodge the heat-tracking missiles before going straight down to destroy the nuclear missile that is being launched by the North Koreans. He fires at a nuclear missile head on at quite a close range and yet the jet fighter still manages to escape from the NUCLEAR EXPLOSION. Dafuqs? And for unknown reasons, they seem to be sure that the North Koreans don’t have a spare to launch.
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Special thanks to Nuffnang for the invitation to the screening.