We get a fun look behind the scenes of 38 Task Force. As you recall, the story begins by introducing what tax collectors from Seowon City Hall are up against on a daily basis. Search and seizure for delinquent taxes is their daily grind, often met with resistance and disrespect. Sung Il, a mild-mannered, upright government employee won’t play the “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine” game and puts his superiors, who count on kickbacks from the corrupt wealthy in exchange for looking the other way, on edge. It seems like Sung Il is swimming upstream in vain.
Then he joins forces with genius con artist Jung Do and his oddball team. Together they decide to take money from the wealthy who gained their riches illegally and refuse to pay taxes. They get sweet revenge by conning them out of money and receive satisfaction when they can say, “Act human and do your duty,” and “It’s been paid in full.”
And there you have the plot.
Best scenes (the actors chose their favorite scenes)
Ma Dong Seok who plays Sung Il likes the opening scene and jokes that even though the scriptwriter knows he has bad knees he ends up running all over the place. The hours of filming take a toll but he does his best to create realistic, action-filled scenes. He describes his character as someone who, upon finding Min Sik dead in a locked car, holds all his angst inside and becomes a timid man. Thanks for the hard work, Sung Il, we love you as compassionate Dong Seok who works hard to uphold the values he believes in.
The chase scene was high production with special cameras and a drone. A huge section of road was blocked off and over one hundred cars were used to create a believable and exciting chase. Seo In Guk who plays Yang Jung Do, receives instruction on how to shift gears and make a tight, fast chase. He did the stunts himself and comments that the chase scene is on a huge scale for a drama. Must be hot – he has an ice pack on his head in between shooting scenes.
In Guk likes the scene where he plays Cho Hee Joon and gives a speech in dialect. He improvises, “Be rich, be rich!” shouting to get the crowd going. He compliments the writer and director for being very open-minded and giving him room to ad-lib. In Guk got viewer support and love (not just from me) for playing a cool, sly character.
Ah, the bromance between Sung Il and Jung Do is the sweetest. Both actors pick the jail scene where they fuss over blankets and end up sharing the fresh one as a favorite scene. Followed by the fight scene at the children’s playground which made viewers laugh so hard. At first, the scene was just a side fight, but it turns into a memorable scene for the actors and the director.
“We wanted it to look like a fight between two men who are like your next-door neighbors,” says Dong Seok. So funny! Throwing sand, biting nipples, air kicks, tussling, they were so cute!
“I was able to learn why other actors enjoy working with Dong Seok so much,” In Guk praises his co-actor. He compliments Dong Seok on his consideration for others and his direction. Dong Seok has an artistic flair and sketches In Guk in a notebook – who knew? When In Guk asks him to draw Mi Joo he is shy and says he can’t draw girls at all and has never done it before^^.
Dong Seok thinks of In Guk as his little brother and admits that he is very cute (we all agree), smart, and talented. It seems that the friendship that develops on screen between Sung Il and Jung Do parallels their real life friendship on the set. “Showcasing their bromance” is how they describe it.
Favorite line: “It has been paid in full.” The first time Sung Il was able to say it was to Ma Jin Suk. Oh Dae Hwan, who plays Jin Suk, gets a complex for being so hated. Seems like people have trouble separating his villainous character from reality. He was teased by the staff that he would have to cover his face on the street after his role. But we all cheered his downfall!
Soo Young says that all the scenes she shot with Dong Seok are memorable. I think she is starstruck working with him. I like how she talks about being attracted to the role because, originally, she was supposed to play a more villain-like part that would backstab the team. In the end, it was decided that Sung Hee would be righteous. One of the lines that sums up the injustice of the system was when Sung Il says to Sung Hee, “The law is like a bully, it’s weak for the strong and strong for the weak.” It is one of those moments when they wonder if what they are doing is right.
Yu Bin plays Mi Joo. Her favorite scene is when Bang Pil Gyu’s family collapses and he begs Jung Do on his knees. But Jung Do says, ‘It’s no fun,” and the money is dumped from the rooftops of Seowon City. How can money falling from the sky not be a memorable scene?
Mi Joo’s favorite line is when she meets Sung Il for the first time and says, “I don’t work with a nobody.”
Song Ok Suk, who plays No Bang-Sil (Wallet) is charming as she recalls her favorite line, “You have nothing. I’ll supply the ammunition.” She loves the idea of being able to hand over a blank check, something everyone wants to be able to do at least once in real life.
What a blast these guys have sitting together after a successful drama (OCN’s currently highest rated kdrama in its history). They tease each other and are relieved that their hard work has paid off. Now they can relax. Dong Seok says his character from Bad Guys would look at Sung Il and say, “Who are you?” Dong Seok says that’s why it was hard to play Sung Il, who held back, sometimes. (Stay tuned for more Bad Guys reveals…keep reading!)
Dong Seok receives pampering and a shoulder massage after being on his feet. He says past injuries caused him to have to have pins in his spine and shoulders. Poor guy, it’s gotta get harder with age!
Gosh, Heo Jae Ho, playing not-so-smart Hak Joo really did get injured on the set, fracturing his ribs and getting a cut on his face from a sugar bottle (made to look like glass) – ouch. Be careful! Soo Young (Sung Hee) fell down on her wrist in one of the fight scenes but avoided serious injury.
And pitiful Ja Wang in the fake gangster role – I guess there were some pretty realistic slaps and gagging going on. Eww!
An on the set cake for Kim Byung Choon’s (No Seung) 60th birthday.
Highlight: If you’ve been wondering, like me, what the scene at the end of the drama with Sung Il in prison blue was all about, we now get to find out! Park Woong Cheol showed up. He stopped Sa Jae Sung from stabbing Jung Do. But the character wasn’t Sung Il as we might have supposed, it was an appearance of Park Woong Cheol from Bad Guys – the two meet again. (Ma Dong Seok played Park Woong Cheol.) Clever, nice move by the director Kim Jung Min and writer Han Jung Hoon. Those who were sharp enough to catch that crossover got it – the rest of us are thankful for being filled in on the inside connection!
“We’ll remember this drama for a long time!” they say. I think the viewers agree. I can’t wait to watch it with my brother.
Did you enjoy the special behind-the-scenes episode? Any final thoughts on this exciting crime, revenge, comedy kdrama? I’m voting for Jung Do and Sung Il as best couple!
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