As international travel restrictions across countries gradually loosen up, South Korea’s top-tier actors Hwang Jung-min (The Spy Gone North) and Hyun Bin (Rampant) have set off to the Middle East for the resumed overseas filming of their highly anticipated action movie Bargaining.
Joining the two stars is Exit actor Kang Ki-young as well as other members of the cast and crew who have all embarked on a flight to Jordan via Incheon International Airport on the morning of July 13. The production team will begin filming after a mandatory quarantine period of eight days upon their arrival.
The team initially planned to shoot most of the scenes for the movie in Jordan last March but decided later on to postpone the schedule when flights from South Korea got banned from landing in the country as part of its precautionary measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While overseas filming was suspended, the movie’s production company, Watermelon Pictures Co., went ahead with shooting some scenes in Korea, which are reportedly nearly finished as per the public relations official from Megabox Plus M, the film’s local distributor.
In addition, a source from the project shared that they have been closely corresponding with Jordan’s local government and were ultimately granted permission to film at specific locations in a period of two months. They said, “We understand the Jordanian government is satisfied with our initial response to the virus outbreak. We will be shooting in compliance with the government’s quarantine guidelines.”
Directed by Yim Soon-rye of Forever the Moment (2008) and Little Forest (2018), Bargaining tells the story of government operatives who are tasked to save Korean hostages who have been abducted in the Middle East. Hwang Jung-min suits up as a diplomat who works closely with Hyun Bin’s character. The latter signed up to portray a National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent who is on a mission to rescue the kidnapped victims.
To date, Bargaining is the first Korean movie to receive permission to film in the Middle East amid the continuing aftermath of COVID-19. With this new development, other upcoming works that are planning to shoot within the region are also expected to resume their schedules soon.